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!" )


Sheery said...

Oh, being without wireless really does stink! That happened to us a few months ago and both husband and I thought we might tear our hair out! The modern conveniences we take for granted.

Glad you enjoyed The Left Coast Conference. Good luck in Vegas!

signlady217 said...

I'm with ya on the coffee, girl! Love that McDonald's commercial where the guy keeps telling people to not talk to him until he's had his coffee.

My mom's monitor went out and she had no way to access her computer for about a week or so (well, she did run to the library a couple of times just to clean out her email). Like to have drove her crazy. And now, after those storms last week, she's having problems again! They are great when they work, but when they don't, yikes!

Dru said...

I know what you mean about our modern conveniences. I don't know how we would live without them, especially internet access.

Enjoy your visit in Las Vegas.

Maggie Sefton said...

Sheery---I know. We are SO attached now. It's like we have an invisible electronic tether that drags behind up everywhere, like a tail.

sighLady----OMG, I don't know how we could handle a whole week without. Yikes!

Dru---It's like our cell phones. It was only a little over a decade agao when we got them. Now we can't do without out. And I've had a smart phone (Google's G1) since 2008 and I am ADDICTED to having browser and GPS with me at all times. And when I'm travelling that GPS has saved my butt many a time.

Maggie Sefton said...

Hey, folks----I'm about to go dark again. I'll be leaving this wireless access and won't be online again until tomorrow night, Wednesday, when I finally return to my home in Fort Collins, Colorado.

So, I'm not ignoring your comments. Give me a little while, and I'll be back online again. Meanwhile, Maggie's signing off----over and out.

Loni Emmert said...

The only day I made it to LCC was Sunday (I work in LA so I was busy at the office all other days). If you were on a panel - darn it - I missed it! I'm such a fan of your books. I plan to be at LCC next year in Santa Fe so hopefully will see and hear you there!

Linda said...

Glad you are having a great time with your travels. Las Vegas certainly is a fun place to be! Going to Santa Fe for the Left Coast Conference sounds great. I've been there once, but it was a long time ago. Great town. If the LCC ever comes to San Diego, be sure to attend Maggie! I'd love to see you here.

Vicki said...

Wow Maggie, you always seem to be traveling..I'm so jealous. I wish I could have the kind of job where I could travel once in a while!

Lover of Books said...

I went without the internet for three days by choice. Hubby and I were at a marriage conference so now I am playing catch up! :)

There was wi fi but really hubby did check my email once for me but I told him not to worry. Most people knew I was busy.

Maggie Sefton said...

Loni----I'll look for you there. You'll love Santa Fe.

Linda---Hey, San Diego would be great, too. I haven't been there in years.

Maggie Sefton said...

Vicki---Actually, I'm here in Fort Collins the majority of the time, but I do get away about once a month or six weeks, mostly for writing-related business travel. Of course, I'm still writing while I'm away. Thanks to laptops. Can you get away fro vacations?

Lover of Books----You know, it's good to unplug for a while. Good for you.

Jan said...

I hope they come to Phoenix someday!