I love California! It’s not too hot (sorry, Florida), and it’s full of fun things to see — we went to Yosemite on Saturday, but sadly, only got a hazy view of El Capitan (and not because we’d been in the car for 3 hours with small children) because of the smoke from the first in NoCal (I’m talking like a local now). Went to Pier 39 on Tuesday – tried to get IN to Alcatraz (In -get it?) but the tickets we all sold out. So, here’s a picture of me from the pier, looking from afar. I kept imagining…what must life have been like for those prisioners, seeing life so close, yet so far. Like a piece of chocolate you’ll never get to eat.
Then, I headed over to RWA. I’m alittle overwhelmed. There are A-LOT of people here. Authors galore. I went to the literacy signing last night. Now, I had no big expectations, mind you. I was thinking…yeah, i might sell one book (I sold 2). But I figured that with 500 authors there, we’d all be in the same boat. Ha! MY assigned seat was directly across from Superstar Suzanne Brockmann’s table. I was sort of one of those displays you look at as you stand in line for the real thing. She had a MOB of readers, and I watched her all night smile and be gracious…and it helped that standing right next to her were these two cute guys who had been brought in by some vampire author. They had their own mob – women taking their picture with them. They occassionally looked over at me (like I said, I was directly across from them) and they could see me laughing (nicely) at them as woman after woman wrapped their arms around them.
After seeing that my line wasn’t going to accumlate (okay, I did have 2), I decided to abandon ship — and went and took a shot with MY favorite author — Susan Elizabeth Phillips who loves Minnesota and is SUPER nice.
And okay, I also took a picture with me and Suzanne Brockmann, not only because she was across from me and next to the cute boys, but also because she’s another of my favorites.
So, I’m having a pretty good time here in CA….well, okay, I’m having a BLAST…and here’s why…
I know — Seriously! What a blast! I talked my friend Cindy and her family into going, too. There I was talking about research and telling my friends that in an upcoming book one of my characters goes skydiving…and yeah, then I just had a skydive too!
Thanks to Lee and April and Renaud for making that day so fun!
So far so good in San Fran!