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And The Actual Trip

The previous post was supposed to go up two weeks ago but I didn’t do something correctly. So I’m doing two at once.

My head is still spinning from my eight days in Alaska. To get there, hubby and I first spent the night in Fresno so we didn’t have to get up quite so early for my 6 a.m. flight. From Fresno, I flew to Seattle, Seattle to Anchorage. No hotel shuttle so had to take a taxi. My roommate, fellow author and friend, Victoria Heckman, arrived in Alaska a few days earlier and left me a note that she’d gone off to Seward sightseeing. Bouchercon was being held in a convention center two blocks away and after unpacking, I headed there to get registered.

Bright (well not really because it stays dark so long in the a.m) and early on Thursday morning, Victoria and I headed off to the convention center. It was raining and a bit chilly. We were on a panel together in the morning about ethnic detectives, signings followed, and a little later we had author one-on-ones. From that point on we were both free to go to whatever panels we wanted.

Some of the panels I attended were Books to Film; then I learned about DNA and how they are really using it to crack cases; Baker Bob, Alaska’s first serial killer (gruesome); Cold Cases; Forensic Pathology. The three most exciting and entertaining speakers were first, Rescue Swimmer, CPO John Hall, a real life “Guardian”; Fish and Game Biologist, Rick Sinnott who described wildlife encounters; and Mr. Whitekeys who told about the dumbest criminals. There were others, but those were my favorites.

The Special Guest of Honor was Diana Gabaldon and she was a treat to hear. I skipped the next evening’s guest of honor and went to dinner with fellow author and friend, Gayle Wigglesworth and her husband to a great restaurant with a spectacular view of Cook’s Bay and the Sleeping Lady mountain.

Barbara Peters, owner of the Poisoned Pen Book Store and Publishing Co. talked about publishing and bookstores. Most enlightening.

I went to the Awards Banquet and was thrilled when Simon Wood won an Anthony for his short story. The last day I watched Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs perform, and attended the closing ceremony and a Pamyua Concert.

One of the best things about these mystery conventions is renewing friendships and meeting new people.

Now I have to tell you about the really exciting part of my trip. For some reason, no one had figured out what school I was to visit in Wasilla. Also, they wanted me to drive a rental car, which I didn’t want to do. One morning while walking to the convention center, I was complaining about this and a woman I didn’t know asked me where I was going. When I told her, she said she’d take me wherever I wanted to go in Wasilla because that’s where she lived. I took her up on her offer. Her name is Pat Park-Fisher, a wonderful lady.

She drove me to Wasilla and to the home where I was staying. Several years ago, when I came to Left Coast Crime when it was held in Anchorage, I met two Native women, Katina and Amber. Katina invited me to visit her when I came back to Alaska and we kept in touch over the years. I stayed with Katina, had dinner with her family twice, and lots of wonderful visiting time. Her mom told me stories about her childhood living in a remote village and being taken to a mission school to live.

Finally, a school was arranged for me to visit. In the meantime, Pat took me sightseeing in Wasilla including a visit to the Iditarod Headquarters and a reindeer farm. (I learned reindeer are domesticated caribou.)

My visit to Wasilla Middle School began at 7 a.m. when school starts. I was there all day in the library talking to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. I loved every minute of it. We talked about how to write a mystery. The kids were imaginative, excited, and wonderful. Sometimes I had about 50 kids in a group.

The town of Wasilla is medium-sized and has most of the stores you’ll find in the lower 48. What is different is the scenery. The town is in a high valley and surrounded by huge snow-capped mountains. The snow was lower every day, reminding the people who lived there that winter is on the way.

My hostess, Katina worked every day, but we spent our evenings together. The last day, she got off early and took me to the Anchorage Museum and we had our last dinner together (which included reindeer sausage). From there she took me to a hotel close to the airport as my plane left at 6 a.m.

What a fantastic adventure for this great-grandmother!


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Books Carnival – Oct. 21, 2007


Welcome to the October 21, 2007 edition of Books Carnival

mgopi presents E-CYCLOPEDIA – Free ebooks download, ecyclopedia download ebooks free: eBook: How to develop a Super-Power Memory posted at E-CYCLOPEDIA – Free ebooks download, ecyclopedia download ebooks free, saying, “This book provides the techniques to train our brain to improve our concentration and memory to the extreme.”

Tiffany Washko presents The Reincarnationist posted at Zen Mother.

GrrlScientist presents To The Creationists: Even WORDS Evolve! posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “[This link is about some new linguistics data — which may or may not be appropriate for your carnival]
Or; How ‘stode’ became ‘studied’. This piece explores the rate of evolutionary change in languages and finds that these rates of change are similar to the evolutionary rate of genes.”

artThailand presents The First Casualty posted at artThailand.

TherapyDoc presents Calvin and Hobbs and Reality posted at Everyone Needs Therapy.

Joy Miller presents Ivy League universities now offer online degrees and certificates posted at Online College Blog, saying, “Ivy League dreams? Make them a reality. Although you may not be able to physically commute to an Ivy League campus, that shouldn’t keep you from “attending” classes at an Ivy League university.”

book reviews

Joana presents Leonardo?s Shadow by Christopher Grey posted at The Symposium.

mgopi presents EJB 3 in Action: Download FREE e-book now..! posted at E-CYCLOPEDIA – Free ebooks download, ecyclopedia download ebooks free, saying, “EJB 3 in Action is a fast-paced tutorial for both novice and experienced Java developers. It will help you learn EJB 3 and the JPA quickly and easily. This comprehensive, entirely new EJB 3 book starts with a tour of the EJB 3 landscape. It then moves quickly into core topics like building business logic with session and message-driven beans. You’ll find four full chapters on the JPA along with practical code samples, design patterns, performance tuning tips, and best practices for building and deploying scalable applications.”

Norm Goldman, Editor presents A Conversation With Tom Miller Who Has Been Called By The San Francisco Chronicle “One of the Best Non-Fiction Writers.” .: posted at, saying, “Tom Miller discusses his writing career and all about writing.”

Mike Bergin presents Soaring with Fidel posted at 10,000 Birds, saying, “Book review with a response from the author.”

GrrlScientist presents Present at the Future posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “by Ira Flatow, this book is a collection of essays about various topics in science based on his many interviews with scientists over the years.”

SJ Yee presents The FAQ Book on Public Speaking posted at Personal Development for the Book Smart.

Dan presents Interview with Seymour Garte, Author of Where We Stand posted at Migrations, saying, “Posting of an email interview with Seymour Garte, the author of the new book “Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet.” It’s a great book for anyone interested in science, the environment, and perceptions of the state of both in society at large.”

Living Without Meat / Style Fix presents Kelley Wants to Get “In Your Purse” posted at Style Fix.

mgopi presents XML programming with SQL/XML and XQuery: Download FREE e-book now..! posted at E-CYCLOPEDIA – Free ebooks download, ecyclopedia download ebooks free, saying, “This book describes an integrated database architecture that enables SQL applications with XML extensions as well as XQuery applications to operate on the same data.”

GrrlScientist presents Father Knows Less posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “The new book by Wendell Jamieson, is a father’s delightful and interesting quest to find the answers to his young son’s questions. [book review]”


Michael@TSM presents Fall TSM Travel Writing Contest: Win $125! posted at Traveling Stories Magazine.


ISPF presents A Brain Teaser and a Book Giveaway posted at Grad Money Matters.

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mgopi presents Microsoft .NET Framework Professional Projects: Download FREE…! posted at E-CYCLOPEDIA – Free ebooks download, ecyclopedia download ebooks free, saying, “Use .NET Framework to accomplish real-world, professional tasks. .NET Framework Professional Projects is your key to unlocking the power of .NET Framework. Each project focuses on a specific concept and is based on a real-world situation. Enhance your skills as you work through eleven projects including creating XML schemas, creating a Web service and application, implementing security models in .NET Framework, and measuring system performance. When you are finished, you will have the skills necessary to modify projects to fit your professional needs.”

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divadebarrio blog creado por Gema Moraleja Paz@2007

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DIVADEBARRIO NUEVO BLOG DE GEMA MORALEJA PAZ ,Quereis participar en cualquier idioma? os invito.

Querido amigos y amigas The Book’s Den os invito a participar tambien en mi nuevo blog abierto esta mañana con mucho amor para deleitar a las personas que tienen algo que decir y aportar a los demas.un beso a todos.


I would like to invite you to write any articles or any thinking in my new blog “divadebarrio” thank you to everybody you write lovely staff.

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Poemas de rumbo fijo

Rumbo fijo al corazón.
Ponerle la proa al viento.
Horizonte de mar,
ancho y cercano.
Techumbre de azul
con lámparas de gaviotas.
Tu canción me embriaga,
sonora, soñadora.
Ponerle rumbo al mar.
Surcar el sueño, corazón.

*De “POEMÁGENES”, (c) Luis Tamargo.-

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Fiction published by edificeWRECKED

My flash fiction story “Beyond the Horizon” was recently published by edificeWRECKED. If you like, you can check it out here:

Nancy O. Greene

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Publishing Ordeals

The business of publishing a book is not an easy one but one you can be proud of if you learn to do it yourself. Today more and more writers are publishing their own work and succeeding at it. It helps them to know what it takes to produce, publish and promote.

For the last six months I’ve been preparing my next book for publication. It takes time not only because I have to invest in it financially but the details like editing and formatting takes time. I’m not rushing to get my book on the market until it’s perfect (or at least I’ll try) there are always little typos and minor mistakes that you find after the book is published. For some reason you read it so many time that you don’t really see the all the errors, that’s why this time I’m taking breaks in between revisions in order to relax my mind and then right back to the manuscript and keep cleaning it up.

I’ve been able, through various social networks, to find a lot of professionals who facilitate the necessary services needed to produce a high quality book and promotional materials. Since I handle all the marketing as well I’ll be providing the resources on my marketing site, Guerrilla Marketers’s Cafe, to those interested. The site will be going through a transformation in the next 4-6 months, so please check on it and visit it regularly to find out what we’ll have to offer.

In the meantime is time to get back to revising the manuscript and making it the best I can for my readers.

Next time you pick a book on your hands think of the many hours, days, months and years that took to get it to that level and into print so that you could enjoy it for a few days. Be kind to your books and when you are done either rate it high enough to add it to your bookshelves or pass it on to someone who could truly appreciate it.

Curl up in bed with a book, I do every night.

Happy reading.

Clary Lopez, author
Simplicity – Richness of Life

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