Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Public Safety Writers Association Writers Conference

Probably the PSWA conference was the most fun of any conference I've ever been to. Mind you, I always have a good time at conferences and cons. It's an opportunity to see writing friends and fans I haven't seen for a while and catch up on their news--and a time to make new friends.

What was different about the PSWA conference is there were less than twenty people there. Others might think it was a disaster--but believe me, it made for an intimate gathering. The presentations were exceptional and because the audience was small, people had an opportunity to ask questions.

We were graced with the presence of the Clark County Coroner, Mike Murphy, who gave an outstanding talk. Everyone who presented was knowledgeable sharing their expertise on everything from querying a law enforcment magazine, promotion, electronic publishing, working with editors, what a publishing house is looking for, importance of research, and much, much more. We laughed a lot and enjoyed each other's company.

Most of us went on a "Gangster Tour" learning about much of Las Vegas' history when the mob was in control and it was most enlightening as well as entertaining.

By the time the weekend was over, we'd become a family.

The criteria to being a member of PSWA is to be a part of something to do with public safety, past of present, or to be writing fiction or non-fiction about public safety.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Have to Brag

I've been chosen Author of the Month at My Shelf.com http://www.myshelf.com/

Just click on my name to read the interview.

Sometimes you just have to brag.

I've been working so hard the last couple of weeks, I just haven't had time to work on my latest book, darn. I'm at an exciting point and I'm dying to get back to it. I've been teaching all over the place, then I have paperwork to do when I get home. I'm also working on the Public Safety Writers Conference which is next week in Las Vegas. Looking forward to that. While I'm there, I'll also visit my sister.

I'm going to be moderating a panel at Mayhem in the Midlands and I'm trying to read each of the panelists books so I'll have some intelligent questions to ask them.

We've had weird weather--several days of spring, then back to winter. I'm in Central California and we even had some snow in the mountains today. Sounds like winter just isn't going to give up easily.


Monday, April 9, 2007

Keeping up with a Blog is time consuming–and I have trouble remember that I should do it. Okay, here’s what I’ve been up to since my last posting.
Most of what I’ve been doing is taking care of the classes I’m in charge of for residential care. It is time consuming and exacting work–I also go to all the classes and do the registration. The best things about it is I get paid for doing it.
For writing related activities, I presented another promotion presentation for the Writers of Kern, a small group but I’ve been there enough that I count many of their members as friends.
I only managed to attend two of my own critique group meetings. This is something I thoroughly enjoy and it helps get my own manuscript in shape. It’s amazing how many errors they find even after I’ve gone over the chapter beforehand. The members of my group are not only friends, but good at critiquing.

Our church had a free pancake breakfast and it’s amazing how many people will attend anything where there’s free food.

Hubby and I headed to Elk Grove on the 30th of the month, a four plus hour drive. We did okay until we hit the Sacramento freeways. Our Map Quest directions let us down and we turned the wrong direction for our hotel. We realized the mistake right away and soon were registered. The next day, we headed back to Elk Grove for an Art’s Festival. The American Author Association sponsored the book and author part and we had a table among close to 100 authors in the huge gymnasium of a brand new recreation center. It’s always a joy to talk to readers and others interested in books.

After the festival we headed back to the hotel and met our youngest daughter, hubby and granddaughter. We had dinner with them and our grandson Gregg who is going to school at Sac State–and his girlfriend, Diya. It’s always great when we can combine something to do with book selling with a family affair.

I’ve also been busy preparing for the Public Safety Writers Conference to be held in Las Vegas later in the month. http://www.policewriters.com I’m in charge of the program and at the last minute had a speaker pull out through no fault of her own. I was fortunate enough to talk Sunny Frazier, author of Fools Rush In and many published short stories, to take her place. We’ll be visiting my sis in Las Vegas while we’re at the conference.

Unfortunately, I’ve had little time for writing. My work-in-progress is calling to me, but it will just have to wait. Darn!

Here’s hoping you all had a great Easter--mine was extra special.