Planning for the Future

I've spent most of the day working on my calendar. I can assure you I'd much rather be working on the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, but to make sure I don't double book anything, it was time to make sure I had everything down that I've committed to already.

There are some things that are nearly overlapping and will take some figuring out to see when we ought to leave, if we can drive or should fly.

I have two major complications. In the near future, another of my grandsons is coming to live with us. This one is twenty and has a rough life. We just moved one out that was twenty. At the end of May, right after Mayhem in the Midlands, we'll be picking up my 97 year old mom, who will be 98 in June, and she'll be living with us for awhile too. I know my husband didn't picture his retirement years as being quite so full of people. That's what we get for not selling our big house after we quite caring for the developmentally disabled women. And no, I'm not complaining. I've kept July and August fairly free. When I do have to be gone, hubby can handle things.

What I am looking forward to are three great conferences that are coming soon. First, Left Coast Crime, in Seattle, followed by Epicon in Virginia Beach, VA. We used to live in Little Creek VA. It'll be fun to see how things have changed in the last 50 plus years. Then we're off to Las Vegas to the Public Safety Writers Conference. All three cons are terrific and very different from one another. Always, the big plus is making new friends and seeing the old. (Sounds like an old Blue Bird song we used to sing, back when I was a leader.)

I'll soon have a new book out. You can see the cover by going to my website, http://fictionforyou.com It's called Fringe Benefits and about a very bad cop and a bunch of good ones. Tigress Press published this one and it's the third in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series.

Marilyn

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