Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Whew! I made it at last!

I'm here! pant, pant. Racing into the library. . .pant, pant. . .firing up laptop. . .pant. . .hooking up to wireless. . .pant. . .need caffeine. . .no. . .not yet. . .must post blog. . .ah ha! I'm on at last!

Whoa!! Checking out comments. . .looks like I've been having waaaaaaay more fun missing in the blogosphere than in real life! Wow! Maybe I should "disappear" more often. And maybe I could find that real life Don Juan. . .or was it Don Jose? Whatever. Don't think I want to see that donkey EVER again. I've got long legs and riding a donkey means my toes are dragging through the cactus. Not fun.

Where am I really? Well, I really AM right in the middle of a desert. A rather famous desert with lots of bright lights and traffic. . .and gambling. You guessed it. Las Vegas. I landed later Sunday night after flying from Los Angeles following the Left Coast Crime mystery conference. And my Las Vegas hostess picked me up from airport and off we went to have dinner. I thought I could post easily on Monday while I was staying at her place and writing. Alas, there was no wireless connection. We take "being connected" for granted in our society nowadays. So, suddenly finding yourself disconnected is disconcerting to say the least.

My apologies to everyone----Cozy Chicks sisters and bloggers, readers, and fans. I regularly post on Monday nights so it's up and ready a little past midnight of every Tuesday. Today, well, better late than never. But. . .it was great to see that all of you guys "out there" came up with your own blog post. Love it, love it.

I'm here in Las Vegas because today, Tuesday, March 16, I was invited to participate in the Henderson Public Libraries regular author interview series called "Carr Chats." They're hosted by New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr who lives here in the Las Vegas area. I was delighted when I was contacted last fall to participate and told then I would add it to my Left Coast Crime conference trip. I love, love, love a chance to meet with readers and other authors. Plus, they have a Q&A session after the interview and booksigning. I'm really looking forward to this.

As for Left Coast Crime mystery conference---it was great as usual. Left Coast Crime is named for our "left coast" or West Coast and is always held in the western part of the country. It's been in Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Hawaii, El Paso, and this year Los Angeles. Next year, 2011, it will be in Santa Fe, which is a beautiful area in New Mexico. If you've never been to see Santa Fe, this might be a great time to do it. Not only will there be scores of mystery, thriller, and other mysterious authors there, fans and readers and other book people are everywhere. And, it's hard to beat the sightseeing in Santa Fe. It's also the center of some of the finest art being created in the US. No exaggeration. Many painters, sculptors, and other artists have made Santa Fe their home because of its atmosphere and great weather. It would make a great trip, folks.

Okay, enough rambling on. Must post this now. . .then, I can get some caffeine. (Picture Maggie, arms outstretched zombie-style, chanting "Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!" )