"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A tease for tomorrow

First of all, let me just remind everyone about my spur o' the moment contest, to win a free copy of Freezer Burn (I'll even autograph it, and I have very pretty handwriting). Depending upon how many entries I get, I'll leave the contest open for at least a week, and as much as a month, if no one's biting right away. Write your entries in the comments for that blog post, and do obey the rules - 100 words or less.

This post will be short tonight, I hope, but I just wanted to mention my busy, busy author-centric weekend. I attended the Placentia Library's Author's Luncheon at the Alta Vista Country Club. It was lovely, and I got a bit of a feel of the place by sitting in their large meeting room, watching through the floor-to-ceiling windows as the golfers putted and teed off and did whatever the hell golfers do. I can tell I've got some more investigating to do. The authors were nice, although I enjoyed the mystery writer, Jeri Westerson, the most of the three.

That was Saturday, and on Sunday, I attended my first Sisters in Crime (SinC) meeting down in Irvine. It was a combined meeting with the Mystery Writers of America, and the special guests were Steve Hodel and D.P. Lyle. They did a wonderful presentation about the Black Dahlia murder case. Color me impressed.

Tomorrow I'll have time to really give you the full rundown, including what Jeri told us she did in her quest to describe what it's like to run a sword through a body, and why Steve Hodel is uniquely qualified to talk about the Black Dahlia case.

Until then, my dears, sweet dreams.


Patricia Stoltey said...

I love those occasions when I can hang out with other writers, especially mystery writers. Sometimes the rooms literally hum with energy.


Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Sounds like a fun packed weekend. Also an interesting idea for a contest. I'll have to give it some thought to see if I can come up with a story idea.

Jane Kennedy Sutton

Karen Brees said...

A contest is a great idea to generate interest. Good job!

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