Year 2, Month 10, Day 17 of this Writing in Public challenge.
I’m back. And I have once again full internet and e-mail.
And yes, Kris and I were out of town, but our house sitter has asked us to not tell the entire planet we are gone until we get back. And if I had had a working computer, this would have looked pretty much the same here. Ahh, well.
So where have I been over the last four days? Actually, in Boise, Idaho, at the Idaho Writers Rendezvous. And it was a blast. In a ton of ways.
Writers invited in were Katherine Neville, Jen Mann, Robin O’Bryant, AK Turner, and Kris and me, among others. And they had editors and agents as well. Standard writer conference in that way. But one of the editors was writer John Helfers, who is great fun to hang around with and who is one of the editors at the Anthology workshop every year here.
I had a signing for two hours at a wonderful bookstore in downtown Boise called Rediscovered Books. Sold a lot of books, saw some old friends (I was born and raised in Boise), and had great fun. John sat with me for the two hours and we just had a blast talking with people and other writers. A fantastic bookstore.
And I met some wonderful people as well at the conference. I did one hour long class on how I got from Boise to media writing in Hollywood. And another hour long class on how to be a long-term professional writer. (I might have been my standard blunt self in that one. Oh, oh…)
Anyway, I want to give a huge shout-out of thanks right here to Doug and Joanne and Bruce and everyone who worked at the conference or helped put it on. It was wonderful.
And next May, you folks will want to go. It’s one of those small conferences that are great fun. And if you haven’t been in downtown Boise in the last 10 or so years, you are in for a wonderful surprise. One of the nicest downtowns I have had the pleasure to spend time in.
Did you know that Boise has an entire old historical cabin that is just a writer’s organization that works to help kids and adults get writing. Never seen anything like it. It’s called The Cabin.
And for god’s sake, eat dinner at The Fork, which is in an old bank building. Stunning food, and right across the street from Rediscovered Books.
And part of the Saturday Market stretches through six or so blocks of the downtown area.
My internet problems stemmed from my iPad, which I thought would be enough, flat didn’t work for some of the e-mail addresses people have, and doing this blog was almost impossible. In fact, a couple nights, I almost forgot it entirely. Did those placeholders to just keep the streak going a little longer. So if I was slow responding to anyone, I am very sorry. And if you sent me something and I still haven’t responded, try again.
I spent hours working on the e-mail this evening after we got home, then watched some television and managed to get the workshop assignments done and out.
Got up this morning in Pendleton, Oregon, and we made it home around 8 p.m.
Nope. Travel and workshop stuff. Sure hope all of you know about the StoryBundle.com bundle of writing books. There are some amazing books in there. Including one of mine and one of Kris’s books.
TOPIC OF THE NIGHT: Travel and Research.
On the way out of Boise yesterday, Kris and I did a little drive around parts of historic Boise where I am setting much of the Thunder Mountain Books. I even found the mansion out on Warm Springs Avenue I patterned the Institute after. I wrote it all from memory of always seeing that great old home when I was growing up, and it seems I was darned close, which surprised me.
I have one novel in the Thunder Mountain series called Warm Springs. Another called The Edwards Mansion after another mansion down Warm Springs Avenue. And yet another novel called Avalanche Creek which is a room name in the old Idanha Hotel, which is still there. Kris and John and I managed to get into part of it for fun. The picture is one I took of the old hotel from across the street. Avalanche Creek is the fifth floor corner room on the right of the picture. The rooms with the rounded windows.
And we went out to the old site of the original Edwards Mansion, which was back in my family and torn down in the 1960s. The picture above is one I took of the mansion I remembered out on Warm Springs Avenue and used to pattern the fictional Institute after. Until we drove past it, I didn’t even realize how close I had gotten to the building sitting there.
Here’s a picture of me in one of my classes taken by Heather Dyer.
Totals For Year 2, Month 10, Day 17
— Daily Fiction: 00 original words. Fiction month-to-date: 14,450 words
— Nonfiction: 00 new words. Nonfiction month-to-date total: 5,350 words
— Blog Posts: 800 new words. Blog month-to-date word count: 5,900 words
— E-mail: 65 e-mails. Approx. 3,600 original words. E-mails month-to date: 368 e-mails. Approx. 18,500 words
— Covers Designed and Finished: 0. Covers finished month-to-date: 2 Covers
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