And, of course, I've missed all of you!
Tell me what you've been doing while I was
My goal while I was away was to immerse myself in my writing project. I did. And when I finish the chapter I'm currently working on, I will have accomplished what to me is an amazing 104 pages. I'm pretty sure I'll complete it on schedule now.
But that's not all I did. I may not have been chatting away with all of you, but I've been busy.
First, I've done a little blog work. I updated my profile and moved things around in the sidebar.
You may - or may not - recall me talking here a while back about my poet friend who sends me a new poem every day. I know . . . I find it totally amazing, too. Anyway, right before I went on break he sent me one about the Tiki Hut. I asked if I could permanently post it in the sidebar, and he said Yes! So you can read it, too. It's over to the right, at the top. It didn't format out as he wrote it - not sure what's going on between my fingers and the screen, but the words and the spirit are there.
Speaking of not formatting correctly ... not sure what happened with my photo either. I'll continue trying to get it to normal size. Maybe I forgot everything I knew about Blogger while I was away.
Wednesday we start a new round of guest bloggers. This time it will be their characters who visit Under the Tiki Hut. I'm looking forward to all these guest posts. I've read the first one. You'll like it!
And lest you're thinking all I did was keep my derriere glued to the chair ... not so. In the middle of my blog break - which turned into pretty much a break from Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, too, I attended MWA-U in New Orleans.
If one comes to your area - even if you don't write in the overall mystery genre - I highly recommend attending. Presentations are geared toward newer writers, but even if you're published, I guarantee your money won't be wasted. Presenting authors change depending on location. Ours were Jess Lourey, Vicki Stiefel, David Morrell, Julie Smith, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Hank Phillippi Ryan. The day offered a lot of interaction and great feedback.
Live-In Handyman tagged along and we took an extra day to enjoy The Big Easy.
This art gallery with Posing Cat was a block from our hotel: