Tucson Festival of Books Day One, Saturday March 15, 2014


It started with friends Roz Fox and Connie Flynn picking us up.  They had two boxes of Dunkin Donuts.  All we needed were police uniforms.  (Yes, you can boo me later for the cops and doughnuts analogy.  There is a historical reason for it, and if you are interested AND well behaved, I MIGHT even tell it to you). 😛

We arrived and what do good writers do when they’re early at an event?  Go get coffee.  The University of Arizona bookstore has a Starbucks that’s part of it.  A San Pellegrino and a Chocolate Croissant.  (Pain Chocolat en France and they are better over there).  🙂  It was a long commute to France though, even when Concorde ran.

Then we headed for our booth for Saguaro Romance Writers, feeding a doughnut to our friend, Jane Rodda, who was running the Arizona Mystery Writers booth.  Probably would have been funnier, if I said we saw a stranger with low blood sugar, but there you have it.

Then, we started to spread out.  I was going to attend a session by the CIA operative the White House under George W. Bush outed, Valerie Plame, but I couldn’t get in.  I guess I wasn’t covert enough.    So I went to my friend Kristen Lamb’s workshop on man and social media.

Serendipity sometimes has a funny way of placing you where you’re supposed to be.  I arrived at Kristin’s workshop with two minutes to spare.  There was an older man in front, who kept shouting “What, what?”  My friend Alica McKenna-Johnson was the moderator.  (She moderates all of Kristin’s workshops.  Nice work if you can get it lol).

Anyway, Kristin made a humorous comment about space aliens.  This man stood up, responded with “I am an intergalactic warrior, got in Kristen’s face, then left.  I was poised to escort this gentleman out.  I wanted to respond with “And I’m a Klingon Warrior,” but no sense in encouraging him.  Luckily, he left under his own power.

Otherwise, I enjoyed keeping time for them and generally being the class clown.

Next I attended a workshop that I was interested in, because of my Moriarty book.  Mastermind, How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes, by Maria Konnikova.

Maria is a Cognitive Psychologist.   Holmes’ talent is observation, but sometimes he misses.  Read the book for more.  I troubleshoot things, so I endeavor to think like Holmes.

In the afternoon, my wife Elaine Charton and I acted as though we were on a date.  Had lunch, walked around looking at the booths, and then attended an afternoon workshop.

This was presented by Rebecca Eaton, the producer of Public Television’s Masterpiece Theater, and novelists Rhys Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear.    Their topic was the period in the United Kingdom, after World War I.  How it changed the affect the upper classes, the servant classes and how the society was changing toward World War II, when many of the grand houses were wiped out, because they were too hard to maintain.

Then it was time to go to dinner.  We’ve started a tradition, where on Saturday night we go out to dinner.  It has become Claim Jumper, because several of our group need Gluten Free food, and Claim Jumper can accommodate a large group.

Last year, the reservation was made for eight and we ended up with sixteen.  I made the reservation this year and thought I was being the clever one by splitting the difference and making it for twelve.  We had sixteen people and a lot of laughs, but tomorrow is another day.

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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