Tucson Festival of Books Day Two Sunday, March 16th 2014.


Ah, the day before St. Patrick’s Day.  For the first time since the festival began (this is Year Six), I was neither on a panel, nor moderating.  I was attending workshops all over the campus and trying to see if I am still teachable.  Which leads me to my first workshop.

The presenter was Maria Konnikova again.  This time, while she discussed her book, she was speaking more technically about how the brain works.

Lately, this sort of thing has fascinated me.  Especially, when I read in National Geographic last year that Ashkenazic Jews have the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s.  As I am Ashkenazi, I’ve taken upon myself to exercise my mind, as that is part of one’s body.  (Different type of body building from lifting weights).

She described how the mind generates and prunes itself.  I had so many questions for her, but afterwards, she had to catch a plane.

At 1PM I went to a workshop on how to give talks about your books.  The speakers were Travis Angry, Jillian Robinson, and Andrea Gold.  She’s here in Tucson, and her firm is called Gold Star Speakers.  It’s a speakers bureau.  For those of you who don’t know what a speakers bureau does, is it matches speakers with organizations who need speakers. Click on Travis to learn about him.   Jillian Robinson is a photographer and speaker.

I know HOW to speak to a group.  After nineteen years in Toastmasters, I should hope so.  For me, it’s more a case of figuring out who to speak to.  If you write novels, that’s a lot harder.  It’s more a case of working on your brand.  Non-Fiction, you can more readily narrow the groups down.  For me, still a work in progress.

Then I went to my friend Piper Bayard’s workshop on the world of covert agents.  Click on Bayard and Holmes for the blog.  I learned all sorts of interesting facts, which with Piper’s permission, I will repeat.

Kristen Lamb was sitting behind me.  Of course, she had some sort of wiseacre comment.  I asked Piper, if I needed to escort Kristen out.  Piper told me I might have to.

When Piper signed her book, Piper has a slave she removed from school to help her.  Her daughter.  But I digress.  The workshop was an interesting look @ spycraft.

Then was the workshop Kristen and Piper did together.  Four PM on Sunday, the room was jammed.  I will have to read Kristen’s book first.

Always a great conference, but wait til next year.

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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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