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I've decided I'm going to WriterConUK next month!

It will be my very first trip to the UK, and I'm all atwitter. I've been asking all my ex-pat friends what I should do while I'm there. One said I should order a drink called a “shandy” since I am a light drinker, and another mentioned Scotch Egg, because bacon, but I am not convinced.

Now I ask you! I'll be in Edinburgh, Bath, and London, when I'm not in Coventry, Chester, and Liverpool. Give me your suggestions about things to see and do, to eat or not eat, and places to stay. I'm thinking near Paddington*/Kensington while in London, but I could be convinced otherwise.

I was notified that I've been nominated for a No Rest for the Wicked Awards, but I have no idea for which story or in what category, so it's mysterious AND exciting!

It reminded me that I haven't posted links on my journal to things I've written for comms, so here goes.

For seasonal_spuffy in May (!!?!!) I started a new WIP, and posted 2 of 4 projected chapters.

Title: What Happens in Canada
Word count: 3100, so far
Rating: Mature — for language, themes, and science
Setting: Unspecified post-series future wherein Slayers and other supernatural things are known to at least some of the public, and Buffy and Spike are a couple.
Summary: For the good of her sister Slayers, Buffy participates in a study (in Canada). She's a giver.

Chapter 1 / Chapter 2

For sb_fag_ends last month, I squeaked out a short thing based on the prompt, "I wish Buffy wakes up tomorrow covered in monkey hair." Because, how not?

Title: Happy birthday, you're adopted!
Rating: PG13
Word count: 1000
Setting: S6, Buffy's 21st birthday

That version here

I also made a banner for it! Because those energetic souls at EF have gone hog wild for the banners and it's inspiring.

HBYA_banner.jpg

But then I thought that version seemed too compressed, so I expanded it a little and have posted the new version to the usual places.

AO3 / Elysian Fields / TheBloodshedVerse

I tried to put it up on TheSpuffyRealm, but the site isn't working for me at the moment.

*I'm arriving and leaving from Paddington Station, so it seemed like a good idea to park my luggage right away and then get right to looking around. But if it's awful in that neck of the woods, I will lodge elsewhere.

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chasingdemons
Aug. 18th, 2016 11:29 am (UTC)
That's so exciting that you are going to WriterconUK, and also UK in general. While I have been to some of those places, it was a very long time ago, so I have no suggestions. But I hope you will give us a good report on everything! And congratulations on your nomination! Hopefully they will clear up the mystery as to which fic was actually nominated soon!
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I am really looking forward to it! It'll be a whirlwind, but I'm up to the challenge!
teragramm
Aug. 18th, 2016 11:40 am (UTC)
Your going to WriterConUK, how exciting! I've always wanted to go, they seem like they have such a good time! Enjoy!!

Congrats on your nomination!

Edited at 2016-08-18 11:41 am (UTC)
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
I love getting together with my peeps! I blame Brexit, though. The NY Times says that US residents are flocking to the UK in droves. The pound is at its lowest level in 30 years. Apparently, I also love a bargain...
snogged
Aug. 18th, 2016 12:10 pm (UTC)
That's awesome that you get to go to Writer Con. Hope you have a great time.
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I haven't been to anything even slightly similar since WriterCon 2009. This will be much different, but any excuse to nerd out with my comrades is a good excuse, right?
petzipellepingo
Aug. 18th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)
You'll have a great time over there, lots to see and do.

And congratulations on the nomination.
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Something must be in the air, if I'm headed over the pond 2 years in a row. I feel blessed!

I love your icon. Though I'm a little worried that I'll trip myself up and refer to Scotland as England when I'm there. That would not be okay, I'm told.
petzipellepingo
Aug. 18th, 2016 07:19 pm (UTC)
gillo made that for me.

And yes, never ever call Scotland "England". And I wouldn't do that in Wales either...
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
That sounds like excellent advice!
freecat15
Aug. 18th, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the nomoination! (And it should be mentioned in the notifier for which story, but I don't want to take the mystery and excitement out...)

And wow, you're going to writer's con! That's so awesome (as if a visit to England wasn't awesome enough!)

I don't have any recs for you, it's too long ago that I've been to England. I remember Bath with its wonderful Pulteney Bridge, though: http://visitbath.co.uk/things-to-do/pulteney-bridge-p56151 . And I remember being surprised how much I actually liked Fish and Chips. And there's good beer, of course (especially compared to American beer (sorry, but I'm German and thus spoiled...:D)) That's it.

Have a great time!
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! There was a large blank space where the story info would normally be in my notification. I'll probably write back and ask at some point, but I'm sort of enjoying the mystery at the moment. It could be anything!

I really didn't need much convincing to go to WriterConUK. It's a two day event that I'm turning into a 2 week+ trip. Whee!

Bath sounds wonderful. All those Regency novels in which people hie off to Bath for fun and frolic may have influenced my decision to go. I remember liking fish & chips, but it's been awhile, so I'm looking forward to it. Beer isn't much my thing, though I do like stout in small amounts... Mmmmmmm, creamy.
gillo
Aug. 18th, 2016 02:48 pm (UTC)
Awesome news! Could you spare the time to stay over with me (ten minutes or so from Coventry) so I can show you Warwickshire - castles, Stratford, green countryside...

PM me to discuss it?
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 06:14 pm (UTC)
How kind of you! You'll be at WriterConUK, won't you? Being one of the organizers and all...
gillo
Aug. 18th, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, of course, though I'm merely hotel liaison these days, not part of the top team - so much less to worry about!
eurydice72
Aug. 18th, 2016 03:25 pm (UTC)
Someone recommended a scotch egg because of bacon? I'm not getting the connection. It's a hard-boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, breaded, and then fried or baked. I never saw or heard of one made with bacon before. I don't even know how that would work.

That being said, I actually recommend them, too, lol. Because they're delicious if you like the ingredients. They're also great to have as picnic/traveling food because they're so portable and yet filling.

rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 06:13 pm (UTC)
This friend is from Wales, so maybe they do it differently there? A Scot friend I know makes sausage rolls pretty often, even though she's a vegetarian. I like those quite a lot, though they aren't exactly health food. I read that Scotland has the highest rates of cardiovascular disease in the UK. Wonder why?

eurydice72
Aug. 18th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
Hm, maybe. I've only been to Wales three times, so I'm far from familiar with regional differences. The bacon could be a twist thing, or maybe even something new that's been done with them in the past ten years. I haven't been back since 2012 so that very well could be.

Mmmmm, sausage rolls. My absolute favorite. I've been making those ever since we moved back here, and any time the kids have had to do some type of British food for a school project, we always do the rolls and they go like crazy. I mean, what's not to love about puff pastry and sausage, lol?
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
Or, it could be that she said "sausage" and I heard "bacon". Always a possibility...
brutti_ma_buoni
Aug. 18th, 2016 07:12 pm (UTC)
Paddington is not awful (scruffy, not worse), and transport links are good. Food options mostly not that thrilling, though. But you could get around easily enough. Kensington nicer, maybe a tad less convenient.

Okay, so you've had some of this from me but you asked for more so...

Edinburgh: eat at the Cafe Royal if you can, also try to have much smoked salmon and probably haggis (depending on dietary restrictions but it's nowhere near as scary as people allege, and very tasty.) Cranachan for pudding, too.

People will tell you to visit the castle and Arthur's Seat but they are more exciting from the outside/at a distance imo. I like St Giles, Holyrood and those small museums I mentioned (Gladstone's Land, Georgian House), and the National Gallery of Scotland. Make sure you see bits of both Old and New Towns or you'll have only half the story. If you're passing, poke your nose into Register House (you will be passing, it's very central and hard to miss at the head of the North Bridge) and see if you can sneak a look at the Robert Adam dome (it's a record office, like the one I work in, but much more beautiful. They don't really do tours, but you might be lucky - they do have a leaflet on the place: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/about-us/our-history#buildings).

Bath: eat a Bath Bun in the Pump Room (preferably before 11am, it gets busy), drink tea and enjoy being the Most Ladylike Thing Ever. Also maybe eat at Sotto Sotto, or one of their branches of the Boston Tea Party [yes, I know, Ms America, but it's lovely casual brunch stuff]. I've never eaten a Sally Lunn bun, but that's the other bun in town. Meh, I hear. If you're tired of tea and girly things, the Raven of Bath pub is old school and has pie and mash and no messing. Lager on tap for drinking.

You can see the glories of the centre on foot: walk to the Circus and the Royal Crescent. Do go to the Roman Baths and maybe the museum at #1 Royal Crescent. Do not go to the Jane Austen Centre, which is tripe. You can see the house she lived in if you walk across Pulteney Bridge, cross Laura Place, walk along Great Pulteney Street and wave at the lovely Holburne Museum - Jane Austen's actual lodging was just opposite the museum (which is well worth a visit too if you have the legs for it). Pump Room, Assembly Rooms, and maybe the Fashion Museum which shares the Assembly Rooms building. It sounds like a lot but Bath is teensy, and you can easily walk all this.

London... well, I have some plans for you. Plus museums, and Greenwich, and Westminster Abbey. Not so much Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus (though we may get there because theatres) or Oxford Street. Unless you like tat shops and crowded pavements, I guess. We are not famous for our own food, but many many good cuisines are available. But we can discuss when we meet (yay).
rebcake
Aug. 18th, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)


Thank you for all these helpful comments!

I was all set to book the hotel you recommended in Edinburgh, but a friend intervened and insisted that I stay with her family near the university. So I've got instant connections! Your suggestions are fabulous. Depending on timing and weather, I may take a day trip out to the highlands and Stirling, or I may just stay in town. There is plenty to do there! And I am on board with smoked salmon AND with haggis, which I find surprisingly comfort-food-like. Will definitely check out Cafe Royal.

If you're tired of tea and girly things

Not bloody likely. Heh. This is absolutely my "gal's tour". Next time I come, I'll probably have MiAmor with me, so if I want frills, now's the time!

Deb also mentioned that the Austen Center is to be avoided, but I like the idea of doing the pilgrimage to Her House. *genuflects*

I can already tell that this trip is not going to be long enough. I'm already determined that it's just the first one!
gillo
Aug. 18th, 2016 11:02 pm (UTC)
The incredibly posh Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh is mostly outrageously expensive, but you can have a cup (pot, in fact) of tea there for a fiver and it's worth it just to be escorted in by lovely young Scotsmen in kilts or tartan trews and sit in the Palm Court. You get a home-baked shortbread with it too. It's a silly price for a cuppa, and I wouldn't pay the outrageous cost of sandwiches there, let alone a full Afternoon Tea, but the experience is worth the fiver. It's right next to the Princes Street exit from the main railway station, Edinburgh Waverley.
rebcake
Aug. 19th, 2016 12:03 am (UTC)
You had me at "escorted in by lovely young Scotsmen in kilts". Yes, I'm sure I'll be ready for tea by then. Whenever "then" is.
gillo
Aug. 19th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
The day we went there (on our way to a funeral, so we needed cheering up) there were two particularly lovely ginger young men.
rahirah
Aug. 19th, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
Oooh, I am deeply jealous!
rebcake
Aug. 19th, 2016 04:46 am (UTC)
You could come, too! The pound is down, they say! The place is lousy with Americans!
rahirah
Aug. 19th, 2016 05:20 am (UTC)
Ah, I wish. Looking at flight prices, I could probably just barely swing it for myself, but if I went to England without Kathy, she'd never forgive me, and I wouldn't blame her. I could probably get away with taking a week off on a month's notice, but she couldn't, and even if she could, on such short notice we really can't afford for both of us to go (in addition to flights and hotels and food, we'd have to board all the animals, which is not cheap.) If we'd known six months ago that the pound was going to tank, we could have managed it, but alas, it's too late now.
rebcake
Aug. 19th, 2016 06:14 am (UTC)
I hear you. MiAmor and I were sort of planning to go next year, together, but the stars aligned for me to go NOW. I'm trying to frame it as an exploratory trip: when we go together, it will be EVEN BETTER. He doesn't get as much vacation time as I do. We sort of joke that we took separate honeymoons, as I went to Italy to visit my year-abroading sister a couple of months before we got married. I saved Venice for him, though, which I thought was big of me. We finally made it over there last year, 20 years later. He liked it.

But when we were rehabbing the house, I turned down a trip to Hawaii with a friend, because it might have led to a nasty divorce if I left in the middle of all that horror.

Some of our UK pals are glumly sure that the pound will stay down for years. Start planning for next year!
gillo
Aug. 20th, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
You know very well there are homes where you and Kathy would be welcomed with enthusiasm. Don't make hotel cost too big a factor in your worries.
thenewbuzwuzz
Aug. 19th, 2016 05:26 am (UTC)
Have fun in the UK! :)) I don't have any other relevant advice.
(There's also a nomination list on the LJ account of the awards. Eventually, the story title(s) should be visible there.)
rebcake
Aug. 19th, 2016 06:17 am (UTC)
Thanks! Fun is a virtual certainty!

I am enjoying the mystery of my stealth nomination at the moment. I have so few mysteries in my life.
double_dutchess
Aug. 19th, 2016 11:35 pm (UTC)
I have no suggestions to give, but just want to congratulate you on being able to go. Sounds like it's going to be a fabulous trip!
rebcake
Aug. 21st, 2016 01:45 am (UTC)
*\o/* I can't believe it's taken me this long to go there, when I'm such an Anglophile. No time like the present!
herself_nyc
Aug. 20th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm awash in jealousy! Never been to most of those places, just London and Bath. I'll keep to one rec for London — the Sir John Soame museum.
gillo
Aug. 20th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
Seconded. It is a glorious place. (Though the V&A, BM and BL have their points too...)
herself_nyc
Aug. 21st, 2016 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, of course. But the Soames is maybe a little less off the beaten path, and such a surprise.
rebcake
Aug. 21st, 2016 01:43 am (UTC)
Thank you for the tip! And like I told Barb, you should come too! If not this year, then next?
herself_nyc
Aug. 21st, 2016 07:54 pm (UTC)
Maybe so. If I turn out to be working more steadily I may be able to manage to travel again in 2017. Keep at me about it, OK?

I know the con isn't in London but of course if I went I'd spend some time in London ... which I miss a lot.
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