Thursday, September 14, 2006

Traveling man ...

Over the next six weeks -- between now and the end of October 2006 -- I have to take these flight:

Toronto to Calgary
Calgary to Toronto
Toronto to Vancouver
Calgary to Regina
Regina to Montreal
Montreal to Toronto
Toronto to Vancouver
Vancouver to Calgary
Calgary to Denver
Denver to Toronto

Gak! It's a good thing I'm very good at getting writing done on airplanes!

Among the events requiring all this travel:

Teaching at Banff
The science-fiction convention V-Con
Giving a talk in Regina
Library readings in Montreal
The Surrey International Writers Festival
The science-fiction convention MileHiCon

It's going to be tiring and hectic -- but I just keep thinking of the air-miles I'll rack up! :)


At September 14, 2006 1:38 PM , Blogger Lou_Sytsma said...

Hope you are collecting air miles!

At September 14, 2006 3:58 PM , Anonymous robin said...

I feel sorry for you. That's a lot of flying.

I'm good at writing on planes, too. If by writing, you mean, "putting one of those C-shaped pillows around my neck and drooling on the nearest passenger."

I do listen to books sometimes.

Good luck. Drink lots of water and elevate your legs (a bookbag full of books works great as a stool).


At September 14, 2006 4:16 PM , Blogger E.Jim Shannon said...


My sister in law (haven't met yet in person in all our 6 years of my marraige)works for Roch. She's one of those specialty nurses that travels all over the world meeting with her vrious clients and racks up more air miles points then I care to count. Before Anne and I got married in 2000 my sister in law bought a flight for my wife to meet her in Florida but Anne got so nervouse traveling over the rockies over Denver she backed out and headed back to Edmonton.

My sister in law said "never again" and since then she's been giving huge air mile points to take extended family like cousins and distant inlaws to places like New York, Paris etc. Even now I think Donna's in Turkey.

But since my wife's air travel panic attack in 2000 Donna has never offered my wife air mile trips. Lot's of diiner engagements at the Westin but no trips. Darn!

The farthest East I've ever been was Minniapolis and that was in my old ex-Amway days back in 1997 and the only thing I saw most of that whole trip was the inside of the Target Center. .

Are you taking West Jet or Air Canada? AC is way too pricy for me. When I visited Victoria just before we got married I took a West Jet flight. Very enjoyable.

Sorry for the typo's


At September 14, 2006 6:24 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Thanks, everybody. But I do actually like to travel, and consider it one of the great perks of my job.

Jim, I'm flying Air Canada these days; I'm an "Elite" member of their frequent-flyer program ... airport lounges, priority check-in, etc. Makes it more pleasant. Plus I'm fortunate that most of the travel I do is one someone else's nickel.

That said, just yesterday I booked flights for a conference in Regina at which I'm giving a keynote address. My contract specified I could book a full-fare flight (what Air Canada calls "Latitude"), but I couldn't bring myself to do it. It was double what the exact-same seat would have cost booked in the Tango fare class. Yeah, there are some more restrictions on Tango (you can't cancel, only reschedule, etc.), but they're not that onerous, and I didn't want to throw away the client's money. :)

At September 14, 2006 11:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Lots of travelling!

Any chance of you coming to the Ottawa region?

Happy travelling!

At September 14, 2006 11:41 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Well, Ottawa is where I was born, and it's a city I dearly love, so I suspect I will indeed be there sometime in 2007. :)


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