Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Favorite Places & Favorite People

I just spent several days in one of my favorite places---the beautiful Spanish colonial town of Santa Fe, New Mexico---eating delicious food, exploring again the lovely sights of Santa Fe, and getting together with some of my favorite people----readers and fellow authors. Left Coast Crime is a great mystery conference that is always held in the western United States. Last year it was in Los Angeles. Left Coast Crime has appeared in Seattle, Alaska, Denver, El Paso---to name a few spots. However, attendees congregate from all over the U.S. I've always liked LCC because there's a more relaxed "feel" to the conference.

This year, the conference was located at the beautiful and historic La Fonda Inn. If you are ever visiting Santa Fe, you owe it to yourself to stop in at this picuresque and gracious hotel and browse around, enjoy the architecture and artwork that decorates the walls. And if you really want to treat yourself, stop in La Plazuela restaurant in the heart of the hotel. Fountain in the middle, sunny glass rooftop, and colorfully decorated windows. Plus, the food is outstanding. You won't regret it.

While there, I was able spend time with fellow Cozy Chick Deb Baker, which was great fun. Deb also writes as Hannah Reed and has the delightful "Queen Bee Mystery Series." The first in the series was BUZZ OFF, and the next will be MIND YOUR OWN BEESWAX. Deb brought along her "boy toy," (aka her husband, Jim). :) They are such a fun couple and great friends. These conferences are also a great opportunity to meet new authors and readers and make new friends.

My return flight landed in Denver Sunday night and a shuttle returned me to Fort Collins around 10:00pm. Yesterday, Monday, instead of diving into the current Kelly-Flynn-in-progress, I drove back to Denver to be the keynote speaker at the Colorado Association of Librarians Spring Workshop. Librarians are some of MY VERY FAVORITE people. And I always jump at the chance to speak to them. Librarians are a direct conduit between those of us who write fiction and our audience---the readers. Besides---they're always a lively and fun group. I also take a first edition hardcover copy of my latest release to give to them for upcoming fundraisers.


As a novelist who began her fiction career writing historical novels, librarians are VERY important to me. They are "resource" people. They know where to search out obscure topics, find out of print books, and help search for dusty long forgotten periodicals from yesteryear. Librarians are a researcher's lifeline.


Book people and favorite people. Who are some of your "favorite people?"

14 comments:

Tiffany0227 said...

My favorite people are those complete strangers you pass anywhere and everywhere that flash you a smile or flash one back that just brings so much warmth to your heart because you know it was a real smile. I feel you can tell a lot about a person by their smile when passing them on the street or sidewalk.

It may sound crazy but I have met some really great strangers. I met this one lady, sweetest little lady, my husband and I stopped at wal mart and got out and this lady passing us saw our family decals on the back of our blazer. She stopped to talk to us about them and then asked where she could find some. We had a very pleasant conversation with this lady and then as we parted ways she said, God Bless You All. I just wanted to hug her, but I figured she would think I was crazy, lol.

If there were more people like her, this world would be a better place.

I have always tried to smile at someone because you never know just how it can brighten their day.

Maggie Sefton said...

Tiffany---You are SO right. I also believe in smiling at people/strangers as we pass. Sending out the good energy. Sometimes our smile is the only kind or friendly thing that happens to a person that day. Some people work in jobs they don't like and for people who don't value them. Our small kindness can help more than we know.

signlady217 said...

Some of my favorite people are my friends' babies. They always have a way of making me laugh when they're awake, and contented when they are asleep they are so precious. Plus, I get to love them, spoil them, and then give them back! :)

Some of my other favorite people are groups of quilters, scrapbookers, and crossstitchers. Now there are some fun, friendly people! Many of them tend to be readers, too, so we have even more in common.

Barbara said...

I can relate to Tiffany's comment. When I was a sulky teenager, my mother was always on my case about why I looked so angry all the time. She told me to smile when I walk down the street; at the very least it would make my face look better. At 70 I still smile nearly all the time and I meet the nicest people that way. BTW, I also love librarians and I'm a historian so I know their value.

Aurian said...

My favourite people? Authors, as they give my many hours of pleasure a week. And chefs in restaurants, so I don't have to cook myself.

Dru said...

The authors that I meet that become my friend.

Lisa D said...

In the past two weeks I have chased down two lost dogs. I have to say I love my fellow animal lovers out there. Complete strangers stopped and helped us look for both dogs.

Maggie Sefton said...

signlady---Babies, quilters, scrapbookers, & crossstitchers----that's a lot to keep track of. :)


Barbara---I like your mother's advice. And you sure do know how valuable librarians are. We historical researchers are always looking for something.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---And we appreciate YOU, Aurian. Where would we be without readers? :) And I agree with you about the chefs.

Maggie Sefton said...

Dru---That's sweet of you. :)


Lisa D---Boy, can I relate to that. All of us doggie owners have experienced frantic times when our doggies have gotten loose & we go searching.

Debra said...

Dog lovers for sure. I was on the phone and the doorbell rang. It was a teenage boy I had never met with my dog. I did not know Sparky had escaped; the boy knew our dog from seeing our son walk him.
Also knitters.
And lovers of and writers of cozies. I need diversions because of chronic pain from arthritis.
BTW, I was in Santa Fe last year and it was amazing, I swam in a salt water pool on a rooftop. Ahhhh!

Vickie said...

I love the first post and I highly concur. I love smiling as I walk down the hallway at work or down a sidewalk or in the store. I especially smile at the peeps behind the counter at the foo-foo coffee shop or bookshop or anyone who works with the public and has to put up with a whole lot hooey. A smile goes a long way to make a person's day.

My favorite people: My DH, my nutty 8 year old daughter, the guy who comes stomping up to my cubicle and rattles the walls to make me laugh, the folks who know how to have fun at work even when it's not always so, Cynthia who owns High Crimes Mystery Bookshop in Boulder.....

I love love love Santa Fe!! My sister and I spent a week there several years ago and had the best time. Chaco Canyon, walking the town from one side to the other, shopping shopping shopping and the food...OMG..the food!

Michelle said...

It's nice to meet kind strangers. I also love mystery writers and communicating with them online (like on this website!).

I love the library and consider myself to be an amateur librarian because I'm good at using the card catalog and finding books if they are where they're supposed to be on the shelf.

knittywitty said...

Maggie, I am so happy to hear Kelly is coming out soon - I've sure missed her. One of my best memories is visiting Lambspun. As soon as I landed in Denver, my sister took me there from the airport. We took pics out by the road, ate at the cafe and I just floated thru and soaked up the atmosphere! Your books gave me the desire to learn to knit - if Kelly could learn, so could I - and I did. Thank you for your books and your ability to keep us coming back for more.