Sep 212014
 

After our busy day playing tourist in Richmond on Friday, we decided to stay at home over the weekend. I always have plenty of writing projects to keep me busy and Terry wanted to work on her latest weaving project. At least that’s what she said.

Instead she tackled the latest backlog of paperwork, logging in orders and updating subscriptions that came in our last package of mail. She was still going at it at 6 p.m., when she stopped to finish putting together a delicious roast beef dinner. She never did get to her loom. Hopefully she will today.

I spent most of the day working on a book project, checking a lot of details on the internet to be sure I had my facts straight, and answering e-mails. One was from longtime subscribers Ron and Verdis Knight, who live near here in Yorktown. Ron offered to take a bundle of Gypsy Journals to put in the goody bags at a Good Sam rally they will be attending and offered us a pair of free tickets to Colonial Williamsburg. We’re looking forward to touring it, but since the folks there have let us know that our readership is not their audience I may not write a story about the place. We are looking forward to meeting Ron and Verdis for lunch tomorrow.

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I had been in contact with Wanda Lewis, who is in charge of scheduling seminars for the Escapees RV Club Escapade in Tucson, Arizona in March. As I said then, I had pitched the idea of a Writing on the Road seminar at the rally and Wanda thought that was a good idea, so she is adding it to the schedule. We may be adding yet another seminar, Welcome To My Arizona, that I did at a couple of our Yuma Gypsy Journal rallies. It introduces a lot of places tourists don’t know about, sort of a travelogue of some places to see and things do in the Grand Canyon State. She seemed interested, so we’ll see how it goes.

Several people have asked if I will be doing one of my day-long self-publishing workshops before or after the rally. If there is enough interest I will see if I can work out a location a day or two before or just after the rally. Let me know if you want to attend and we’ll take it from there.

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  12 Responses to “She Said She Was Going To Weave”

  1. Nick, put yourself in your readers place. We subscribe to the Gypsy Journal to find neat places to see and do. I understand you’re not wanting to do a story on a place that doesn’t support your journal, but remember your readers support you. I’d like to hear stories on all the places out there. It would be nice to know before we part with admission fees, if it will be worth it and what you think.

  2. That is interesting. I have visited Colonial Williamsburg twice. Once with my children while camping in a pop-up and once with my husband in our RV when we were fultliming. Do the article.

  3. Why would colonial Williamburg think RVers aren’t their customers? RVers want to see everything they can! Weird thinking on their part!

  4. Jan, we vist dozens of places a month to find good stories for the Gypsy Journal. It would be cost prohibitive to pay $20 – $50 for admission to all of those places for the two of us.

    Most let us in with a press pass because we are giving them thousands of dollars worth of free publicity and it costs them nothing out of pocket. A few years ago when we were in this area I queried Colonial Williamsburg about a visit and the reply was that they didn’t think our readers were the right demographic, whatever that means. This time around they did not even bother to reply.

    Like anything in life, we support those who support us. If I have a choice to write about the more than a dozen attractions in this area who welcome us with open arms and free admission or a place that will not even give us the courtesy of a reply, doesn’t it make sense to choose the ones who are eager to reach our reading audience?

  5. All Colonial Williamsburg is is a theme park IMHO. There are a lot of wonderful places to see and write about in our area that are real. We live less then 20 miles away and have gone twice and were not impressed with it either time.

  6. Let me see now, just in the last year we visited Old Tucson, the Desert Museum, the Miniature Museum in Tucson, the Music Museum in Phoenix, Colossal Cave, all in Arizona. Not to mention the Orphan Train Museum in Kansas and just last week the Magic Museum in Michigan and the John Dillinger Museum and the RV Museum in Indiana. In two weeks when we start going south we plan to visit the Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Neon Sign Museum in Cincinnati. All places we never would have known about except for your stories about them.

  7. Nick and Terry I agree with you not wanting to give your valuable free publicity to a place that won’t give you the courtesy of a press pass. What dos it cost them compared to what they would get out of it? Any place that is too short-sighted to see that is not worth a visit. We have visited at least 20 of the places you write about in the Journal and your blog.

  8. Your not missing anything at Williamsburg Nick. Way overpriced and overhyped. Took the grandkids there in our motor home last year (Yes, RVers who went there!!!!) and spent a fortune to see what was less impressive than Plymouth Plantation up north.

  9. These days who can afford to take their kids or grandkids anywhere? They all cost a fortune. We had our daughter and two grandsons with us last summer and were averaging over $200 a day in passes, food and such at the attractions.

  10. We rv’rs have loooong memories and since we’ve been dismissed as not in their “demographic” sphere they will never get our $$. I remember a few years ago when that museum in MS dismissed you as not worth their time, won’t go there either. Obviously, someone doesn’t know what these rv’s cost or what it costs to keep them on the road. Karma, it’s a bi***. Onward down the road, Trailer Trash!

  11. I am interested in attending your self-publishing workshop. Please keep me informed. I need all the help I can get from the master!

  12. I am so excited that you will be presenting at the Escapade in Tucson. We’ve already signed up and now I can hardly wait. We haven’t seen you for so many years, it will be good to reconnect.

    Just make sure that when Miss Terry says she’s going to weave that she’s not developed a speech impediment and is really planning on making a run for it.

    Just finished Big Lake Scandal – you nailed it again my friend.

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