Friday, February 18, 2005

Just Observing

Just Observing

Norton anti-virus is running now and slowing things down a bit, but no problem. I'm in no hurry.

The writers' conference kicked off today. Hotel is full of people who've flown in and driven in. Haven't seen some of them since last year, and one literary/screen agent and I hadn't seen each other for many years. Some serious hugging going on at that conference, with folks just delighted to be together again.

Batch of us at breakfast on our usual hotel patio this morn too. Had to put three four-top tables together so everybody could sit. In spite of the fact that people ordered breakfast whenever they got there, Geraldo, master waiter, covered us sweat.

And over at the conf hotel, I find Dario behind the bar. Next thing I knew he had a pot of coffee, cups, an eight-top banquet table, complete with white cloth and ashtrays all set up for us on the covered walkway outside, next to the inside hall that leads from the lobby to the dining room and bar. Both hotels are damned lucky to have those two guys.

Took awhile before one of the hotel managers and the assistant director of the conference rolled a patio heater over though, but they did, bless 'em. Thought we were gonna freeze to death with that wind blowing straight from the Pacific into the harbor and onto the walkway. Man!

But the rain predicted didn't fall. Cloudy mostly, but full sun and blue skies did appear for a couple of hours. In any case, I left at 5:30, having nothing really to do, and with the sun setting it was just too damned cold.

Good thing too. Had a phone call from a writer up in Hemet to return about a writer of his who will appear at the hotel for the conf in the morning, who he wants to talk to J and I about her book. He says it's ready for an agent right now. If he says it, I believe him, since he's been published at least a dozen times himself and his books sell very well indeed. He'd know.

Have a raft of emails to go through, so....
It's a wrap.

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