Getting Ready for Mayhem

Anyone who knows me, knows that Mayhem in the Midlands is one of my favorite mystery cons. Hubby likes this one too. We both enjoy Omaha, especially the Old Marketplace which is right by the hotel, with wonderful restaurants and unique shops.

Most of what I like about Mayhem is the wonderful people who attend--and many are returnees year after year. We've made good friends with a teacher who lives in Omaha and always look forward to catching up with her. A mother and daughter who are avid mystery fans we love spending time with and usually enjoy a meal together. One of my favorite authors, Radine Trees Nehring and her husband will be there, and we haven't seen them for a couple of years, so it'll be a real treat so spend time with them.

I'm going to be on two panels and moderate one--and hubby gets to be on one this year called Spouses of Writers. He did this once before and it was a hoot!

Of course I have to pack the books I hope will sell there and the clothes I think I'll wear. Who knows what the weather will be like--the con is always the same time of year but we've frozen, roasted, experienced thunder storms and threats of tornadoes.

And there's the little things, like business cards and postcard--and my prescription medications.

I always have nightmares before I leave for one of these--did I remember to make my hotel reservation? Fortunately once I done that I write hotel done and for what on the front of my calendar so I can go back and check. Oh, of course they gave me a confirmation number, but I can't find it now.

The "famous" authors attending are Dana Stabenow and Jan Burke. I've enjoyed books by them both. Wm. Kent Krueger will also be there--he's another of my favorite authors.

I'm getting excited, it's always a nice vacation once we've landed.

a.k.a. F. M. Meredith


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