Massachusetts has welcomed me back with hair-frizzing humidity & pouring rain. I think it might be mad at me.

But other than the weather it is a lovely (if short) respite from living out of my suitcase. I had a fabulous event at Odyssey Books near my old Western MA collegiate stomping grounds on Thursday night, and last night was the kickoff of the Salem Literary Festival which was splendid, and I left with a new friend:

He is delightful and huggable and his informative tag says he enjoys long walks on the beach, cozy nights by the fire, and lengthy discussion about Chaucer. I love him. He needs a name, but I’m still pondering something properly dashing. He was made by the lovely & talented Hilary Emerson Lay, who also has fantastic hair.

Back in Salem tonight and then off for a very brief stop in Baltimore tomorrow. I’m actually doing laundry right now and I am far too excited about that.

Categories: circus life


Dees · September 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Hi from Holland Erin!!!
Huge congrats on your HUGE success!!!!!!!!!The nightcircus is already my favorite book and I haven’t even finished reading….as I already said in a comment on flickr…I am sooooo trying to read s-l-o-w…so I can enjoy it as looooooong as possible.I don’t want to leave the circus….and the people….and the magic…..thank you so much for sharing Le Cirque des Reves…it makes all of us dream♥
Hug from Holland Dees
PS LOVE your new pallie…he is awesome!

Paul · September 24, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Aww, he’s cute!

Also, welcome home, if only briefly!

Mary · September 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm

First, I fell fast and spinning in love with Night Circus! So, I had to know its creator and found your blog. And more magic ensued. A good friend and woman warrior is undergoing stem cell transplantation, so when I saw the Sock Critter, I knew one must belong with her in the hospital. Yesterday Hilary Emerson Lay ( put it the mail, packed with extra love and healing magic! Today, our woman warrior’s white cell count has made a turn up <3

Thank YOU, Erin~

sari · September 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

He looks like a Chester. Chester, who loves Chaucer. See?


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