Being an author doesn't just mean you get to write all day. My to-do list includes everything from marketing, researching new projects, proposals, searching for an agent, promoting my current works, blogging, and a host of other writing-related items. I will admit though, I do have a pretty cool job sometimes... I'm just back from our Most Intrepid Western Author Posse tour and the Western Writers of America convention in Arizona. I was on the road for ten days and worked my butt off (oh if only it were that easy, right?). Of course I ate some really delicious food and drank some tasty libations along the trail! I do love a good prickly pear margarita. Hmm, maybe that has something to do with the butt thing, but I digress. We went horseback riding at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, which is an amazing place to stay to get a sense of the old west ranching days a la [...]
The past couple of months I have been traveling the West. I've been to Montana where I visited the most moving western site I've seen to date: the Battle of the Little Bighorn battlefield. Then I traveled with the Most Intrepid Western Author Posse to Virginia City and Carson City, Nevada. Then we headed to the most riveting ghost town I've every been to: Bodie, California. Its residents just left after the depression and the photos speak for themselves. Most recently I've returned from Arizona. We started in Carefree, went up to the Grand Canyon and then headed back down to Tombstone. We passed Williams, Sedona, Laveen and spent the last night in Tucson. I ate in the magical historic setting at El Tovar's dining room and spent the night in the secret hideaway known as the Lodge in the Desert in Tucson. Those two meals were the highlight of the trip!
The past month has found me traveling and talking about my fav subjects! History, food, spirits, and places. I was invited to speak at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. When I was first asked, I thought, yippee, Indy. Never been there and had to clue what to expect. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! Nice people, great city, and cool history. The JW Marriott was outstanding. Every hotel should be run like this one. Everyone was pleasant and customer-oriented from the moment I checked in to the moment I checked out. Behind the hotel I found walkways, canals, and a beautiful river to stroll around. Then I dined at St. Elmo's, which is a historical landmark. I had and old-fashioned in their 1933 lounge. St. Elmo's serves a legendary shrimp cocktail and original 1905 Navy bean soup. The service was outstanding and dining in this historical restaurant was pretty cool. Their steak was delicious, but this is a special occasion [...]