Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Trying to keep up

I've been busy playing catch up with personal things, my writing, and everything else in between. I have books to mail, bills to pay, a beach house to secure for vacation at the end of July, TV clips to send to a producer, a manuscript to send to my publisher, and way more than that.

I got behind-the-scenes photos from the Deadwood shoot. Copy & paste this link into your address bar - I can't get the link to work here -

The producers emailed me and said the rushes looked really good and they were pleased with me. I really enjoyed doing that so much.

Our niece Jamie comes here on Friday and we are taking her to the NC mountains for vacation. I will still be working, but that's the beauty of my new job - I can do it from anywhere. She and Larry (my husband) may just have to do some things together while I do my thing.

The DirecTV guy is coming this afternoon to fix the bad installation I got a few months ago. Get this, I have to pay for their screw-up because I didn't call and complain when they installed it! They won't leave today until I know it's working.

Well, back to work

Friday, June 15, 2007

Western Writer's Conference

I'm in the final third of my month long trips, and am in Springfield, Mo. This is the conference where I get to see old friends, publishers, and everyone else in my business of western writing. This photo was taken at the WWA conference, my good friends, Debi Morgan, me, and Deb's hubby, the illustrious, Loren Estelman.

Last night, I had drinks with a pretty neat group, and I will drop names. I spent some time with my good friend, Debi Morgan who writes some pretty neat fiction, the illustrious Dr. Paul Hutton, his lovely wife, Tracy, Loren Estleman, Johnny Boggs, Michael Gear, Rita Cleary, and some others who I know I should remember. Most of these people are pretty famous western writers. It's hard to imagine that 10 years ago I only knew them by their names on a book cover. Today, I get to rub elbows with them!

I'm skipping the panel this morning so I can work on my real job as a marketing writer. Later today we are all heading for a mass book signing at a local Borders. Anyone in the area should come by - this is a chance to meet over 50 pretty darn famous western authors - all in one place.

Well, gotta go...


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Filming in Deadwood

Wow! That's all I can say.

I got back from Deadwood last night after filming for the series, Lost Worlds on the History Channel. This has to be one of the best experiences I have ever had. I was a little apprehensive about all this, but that changed quickly.

I met the film crew, Oli (Director/Producer), Tom (Associate Producer), Peter (cameraman), Rick (sound guy), and Chris (runner). They were tops to work with, and total professionals. We became good friends in a few short, but long days, and I am sorry that I had to leave so soon. Maybe we'll get to work together on more projects.

There's so much to tell. We spent about 12 hours each day filming all over Deadwood. I learned so much about that town, and I suppose those who view it will, too! Hard to imagine that we have about 48 hours of film of my part, and that will all boil down to about 30 minutes (if I'm lucky).

The guys said I did a terrific job, and that I was "brilliant" - imagine that in a British accent, since they are from London. I kept hankering for a Guinness! That darn commercial...

The town was crawling with people and most stopped to watch and takes pictures of us filming. The convention of mid-western governors was in Deadwood while I was there and the governor of Montana came up and introduced himself to me and Tom. Pretty aweswome when the governor is stopping you to say hello!!!

There was no script for me to read. Oli simply told me what points he wanted covered and I just did my thing...since I have a smart ass sense of humor, that's what they got. They seemed pretty happy with it.

It should air in the fall, maybe September or October, but I will definately post it here when I know for sure.

Well, I am heading to Springfield MO for the Western Writer's Conference on Thursday to give a talk and meet with my publishers.

I'll try to post more about the shoot.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

On the Road

Wow! I have one-third of my month long travel days behind me. Larry and I got back from Tombstone on May 31. We were supposed to be back on the 30th, but we got stuck in Houston overnight. Tombstone was fun as usual - we camped on our property, had dinner with friends in town and on the land. I did three book signings, gave one presentation, and did some research for the re-release of Taste of Tombstone (Spring 2008-Univ. New Mexico Press).

The former Tombstone Mayor, Andre DeJournett, opened the Tombstone Consolidated Mine tour about two months ago. It was awesome - anyone going to Tombstone must take it! It was like going back in time. We took lots of photos and one of them shows an orb with a face in it!!!

Tomorrow I leave for Deadwood, SD to film an episode of the Lost Worlds series for the History Channel. It should be lots of fun. More TV might be in my future, which we would be WAY cool. That's all I can say for now - I don't want to jinx myself.

I get back from Deadwood, stay home for two days, then head to Springfield, MO for the Western Writers of America conference. I am giving a presentation on how to research old records, and meeting with two of my publishers, and catching up with old friends.

After that, I am home for a month!

My new job at Interamark is still awesome. Great job, great boss, great people! It truly is a dream job - I get to write, while working from home, and get paid to do it.

Well, I have to get back to that awesome job since I am leaving tomorrow.

More later...