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And Back from Alaska

October 2nd, 2007

This is just a quick post to say that I made it back from the Great Frozen North yesterday morning. We left Anchorage at one o’clock in the morning (Yes, you read that right) and arrived back in Phoenix at 9:15 in the morning. A normal person would have slept on the plane, but I couldn’t get comfortable to save my life, and besides, they were playing “X-Men II” on the overhead monitors, and I kept seeing flashes of light from the onscreen explosions through my closed eyelids. So, I was aware of every excruciating minute of the flight from Anchorage to Salt Lake, and then by the time we flew from Salt Lake to PHX, it was day. Needless to say I was semi-coherent for the rest of the day. I did manage to nap a while in the afternoon, and slept ten hours last night on top of it, so I’m better.

I spent most of today going through my 455 unanswered e-mails. A number of people brought their laptops to the conference, but not I. And to tell the truth, I rather enjoyed being out of touch. I spent the entire four days interacting with people face to face.

Anchorage was very interesting and colorful, but it was cold and rainy most of the time I was there, and I fear my thin Arizona blood didn’t cope all that well. I had a foggy throat and an earache most of the time I was there. (The AZ contingent complained about the cold so much that Canadian author Vicki Delany observed that we were a bunch of cold weather wimps) Then, the instant I set foot back upon Arizona soil, I developed at horrible cold. I have yet to fly any distance on an airplane and not catch cold. I launched Drop Edge of Yonder at Bouchercon, and did a panel on historical mysteries and an author talk and met many an author. It was entirely worth a cold.

I’ll write about the many fascinating things that happened at Bouchercon a little later – I met so many interesting authors, fans, booksellers and reviewers – but now I must continue with my catching up activities.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for my Poisoned Pen Bookstore appearance, Dear Reader, on October 8 at 7:00. I’ll be there with Richard Benke from New Mexico, and with Nancy E. Turner from Tucson (and finalist for the “One Book Arizona” award).

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