Vacations or Work, What Do You Think?
This photo was taken at Mayhem by Carl Brookins, fellow mystery author and terrific photographer. I was sitting at the signing table after being on a panel waiting and hoping for someone to purchase my book and come ask for a signature. The photo looks just like me--and an awful lot like my mom, though she never dyed her hair and by the time she was my age, it was snow white.
My grandson who lives with us refers to our trips away from home as vacations. Indignant, I told him they weren't vacations, they were work. He said, "Then why do you talk about all the great meals and the fun people you spent time with?"
Good question, so I suppose I should call what we're doing working vacations, though some are more work than others.
At Mayhem, I was on three panels and moderated another. As soon as I knew who I was going to be on panels with I ordered books by the authors I'd never read--and read the books so I'd be knowledgeable sounding on the panels. (I think I was the only one who did that.) Though I did have a great time, I did have to use my brain to sound halfway intelligent while answering or asking questions.
Next up is an appearance at the Springville library from 11 to 3 on the 10th. I'll have to decide which books to take then heft them up to the library and be engaging while visiting with anyone who might stop by.
We next will be heading for Las Vegas, first stop to see my sister, fun. The following four days will be spent at the Public Safety Writers conference where I'm the program chairperson and also headed up the pre-registration. Though I know I'll have fun, this one is definitely work.
On the Fourth of July, I'll have a booth at the holiday celebration at Channel Islands Harbor for most of the day and until 8 p.m. Definitely work--putting up the tent, selling books, taking down the tent. We'll be staying at one of our daughter's homes before and after. Fun.
The last day of the month, we'll be at the Roseville Library. It's near Sacramento which means quite a drive. We've never been to this particular venue before, but again, we'll be selling books. Work. Meeting new people. Fun.
That's enough to give you the idea. So am I working or having fun?