I am in the midst of a quick turnaround between Bouchercon and Icelandic Noir. Who knew writing books would be so strenuous. In truth, I feel tremendously lucky to be attending these book festivals. And especially now, at my ADVANCED age, to be part of such a welcoming tribe of talented and interesting people.
My time for the keyboard is limited, so today the best I can managed is these glimpses of what the last week was like.
|My week began with a visit to a life-long friend, which included her grandson's|
second birthday party and an unforgettably joyous reaction of the little guy to
her birthday gift to him.
|The pre-B'con days included visits to LA's museums. LACMA has on view a|
fabulous exhibition of samurai armor.
|We continued with the Asian aesthetic at Huntington Gardens and the Chinese|
and Japanese gardens. These are bonsai Italian cypresses.
|A pavilion in the Chinese gardens.|
|The view from my room at the Long Beach Hyatt|
|The MWA table featured a cut-out of our patron saint. When|
I happened by, friends Michael Sears and Susan Spann were
also on view.
|My panel with the Murder is Everywhere bloggers: Stan Trollip, Cara Black,|
yours truly, Jeff Siger, Caro Ramsay, and the other Michael Sears.
|The panel on Asian mysteries, with Lisa Brackmann (on the right) holding forth.|
|Since I was on the Pacific coast and this is the sun over water,|
you might think this is sunset, taken from my room. But it is dawn !?!
And I thought the geography of LA was difficult to understand.