Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Cemeteries and other fun stuff

My trip to Seattle was great fun! I signed a stack of books at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop.

There are many fabulous things about this gem of a book store in Seattle. For example, it's haunted. That's a bonus when you write about ghosts. Also, the staff are fabulous. Every year I come in and ask Fran for her recommendations and she brings me a stack of books that she's read recently and tells me what she loves about each one. I came away with some great new reads. The first I'm digging into is Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell. I haven't been able to put this one down and expect I'll be done in a couple days. There's a definite language warning for this story but, oh my oh my, it's fabulous fun!

In addition to their hand-selling of books and their wonderful personalities, Fran and Bill are always willing to jump up and help me with research. I barely mentioned that after the signing I was going to find a cemetery to visit and within seconds they'd provided the address of a great old Seattle cemetery.

So after the signing I ran off to visit Lake View Cemetery and paused momentarily at Bruce Lee's grave (his son Brandon is buried next to him). I was really there to see the old graves though and they didn't disappoint.

My little stroll through the graveyard proved very inspiring. Hey, you have your fun. I'll have mine lol!

What's inspiring you these days?

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Signing Books in Seattle

I'm heading down to Seattle to do a little research. Looking for a few new nooks and crannies to kill a person or two :)

On Saturday I'll be signing books at the wonderful Seattle Mystery Bookshop. Come by if you get a chance!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Come Over and Visit

I'm blogging over at MUSE INTERRUPTED today about pesky New Year's resolutions.

Come over and visit.

You might win some books :)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Off Like a Herd of Turtles

Things are not moving as quickly as I'd like this week. Kids are back at school but it seems to be taking me longer than usual to hit my groove.

Things on my 'Must Do' list today:

* Walk the dog. Not a whimpy little walk that I've done lately but a serious long walk so I can get back into exercise.

* Must put away all the Christmas paraphernalia. Even though I've bagged and boxed numerous items, it still seriously looks like Santa threw up all over my house and yard.

* Need to prepare for a research trip to Seattle this weekend. Have to go through points I've made in my wip so I know what locations to visit while I'm there. Hey, I'll be signing Dead & Kicking at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop on Saturday so be sure to drop in if you're in the area!

So what's on your 'Must Do' list today?

Friday, January 01, 2010


Did you stay up late and celebrate the coming of 2010?

Are you happy to see that old, dusty 2009 gone, or was it a good year for you?

In my case, 2009 wasn't so great so I'm hoping for good things in the new year to chase away some not-so-good feelings left over from 2009. I usually leave resolutions until my birthday in March but I definitely have a few things I need to accomplish personally and professionally.

How about you? Glad 2009 is over or was it a good year?