Friday, March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

My good friend and exec editor of True West magazine suffered a massive heart attack this past weekend. He is recovering, but it will be slow for him. He's only in his 60s and bikes and swims almost daily. Things like that always make you think...

I managed to make it to the gym Weds and yesterday, which felt awesome. I am sore all over and think I pulled a quad muscle, but it's a good thing, well, sort of. I walked today since it was 80 degrees.

I hope to get back to some of my writing soon - I am totally stressing that I cannot find the time. They're not gonna get published by themselves!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

March 25, 2008

I guess I will just jump right in here are start blogging. I have been lax, but work has been busy and when I get done, I don't feel like typing anything else on the computer.

Let's see, we went to Miami for Easter. My husband's brother lives there and his parents and sister came over from Tampa so we had a whole family gathering. The weather was warm, but it rained a lot. We had good food - the Cubans sure do know how to eat. We went to Calle Ocho, or "Little Havana" and had Cuban sandwiches. Yum! I also got some Cuban pastries called, Pastelitos-guava, cheese, and coconut.

How fitting I should mention that I made it to the gym today for a Pilates class. I'm gonna need a lot more if I keep eating all those pastelitos.

I also got to see my Aunt Florence and her husband in Florida - I haven't see her in 10 years. Where does the time go? We had a nice visit.

Well, it's back to the daily job, and trying to find some time to squeeze in some writing.

Monday, March 17, 2008

March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Well, Friday the weekend were pretty quiet.

It's weird how things happen...remember me saying last week how quiet it was on the author front? Well, Thursday last was crazy and more things keep happening.

First, here is the link for the AMC TV interview I did. They did a very nice job:

Today I saw a book review that someone did for the new version of Taste of Tombstone:

I made it to the gym today and took a step class - they should have called it a pass out class.

We watched the new HBO series called, John Adams. It's really quite good. I do love the Old West, but I also love that period in our history. I can't imagine living in that time. It's mind blowing when you think about all the great men (and the women behind them) who helped form our country!

Friday, March 14, 2008

March 14, 2008

Being an author is such and up and down thing and reminds me of driving a 5-speed on a hilly road because you constantly have to switch gears. Some days it's all so quiet and others are nuts. On Wednesday I was thinking, wow, it's been really quiet, and then yesterday I was inundated with stuff. Here's how my Thursday went (on top of my regular job):

I received an email from someone at AMC TV wanting to interview me about western movies, and oh, could I do it now? I did it, and it lasted about 1.5 hours. Most of it will be saved for other stories, but it should be posted on their website with the Wild Bill movie section. She even asked me about Governor Spitzer and how he would have been perceived in the the interview to see what I said. I will post the direct link here when they send it to me.

My publisher contacted me about entering my book in a particular award, and also about setting up an interview for some sort of online western blog.

I received an email from an author who wants advice on a couple of things, which I will reply to today.

I managed to make it to the gym yesterday in the midst of all things crazy.

I wonder what today will bring?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

March 12, 2008

Work has been crazy as usual. I've started going back to the gym for Pilates and weight-lifting. I have been lazy for a couple of months and it's showing. I have also started walking the neighborhood, when the weather is warm. I'm actually heading out there now since it's 70 degrees.

It's been kind of quiet on the author front, I am getting back to my pioneer women's book. It just needs some tweaking and the publisher it waiting for it.

I did a radio interview a few months ago and it will air next week. Here are the details:

KSJE FM: The Write On Four Corners Radio Show

March 19: 12:30 ET (Wednesday) and March 21: 4:30 ET (Friday)

You can listen on the Web at in real time by clicking on listen live, or by going to MP3 Archives, Write On Four Corners, and the program. Podcasts are sent a little after the Wednesday broadcasts.

You will be listening to it with me...for the first time. That's a little scary.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

March 4, 2008

This weekend was crazy. I scrambled to read all the remaining titles I had for the Spur Awards. We had dinner at our friends (Bev and Dave) house on Saturday night, then had "cocktails" on Sunday night at our neighbors (Bob and Sue). Their parents were in town from northern California they wanted them to meet us. Sue's parents are in their 80s, but man, can they party. Her dad made a pitcher of Old Fashioneds, and woo - do they kick. Her parents were very fascinating, especially to me, since Sue's relatives were western pioneers! She was tellin' some stories that I wish I had a pen for...

We also painted our master bathroom, which I have wanted to do for seven years now.

BTW - I did finish reading all books and sent off a list of my top five choices. I am anxious to see who wins.

The weather has been so nice--60 this morning at 7:30, so I went for a walk. It felt good to get back out there!