Christiane Heggan's Blog
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Searching for a drawing prize
I swore that finding a prize for my next drawing wouldn't consume all my time, but somehow, it has. Since a little Cupid charm plays such a large part in my next book, Now You Die, naturally, I wanted to find one of those little charms. Not so easy. A friend gave me a website address where she thinks she saw a golden Cupid with bow and arrow, and I'll go take a look later today because that sounds exactly like what I'm looking for.

If any of you have seen them around, let me know. It shouldn't be more than an inch or so (to fit on a bracelet). I know, it's shameless enlisting the help of friends and fans, but I'm desperate.

I'm looking forward to spending a week at the New Jersey shore and I'm trying to decide whether or not I'll take my manuscript with me. If I manage to do enough pages before I leave, the ms. stays home, otherwise....

By the time I get back, I'll be getting ready for my trip to Phoenix where I'll be speaking, and signing books, at the Waldenbooks District Managers' Meeting. I've never been to one, so I'm really looking forward to it and meeting those terrific booksellers in person. I'm staying in Phoenix three days, not enough time to go see the red rocks in Sedona, but maybe next time.

Then in October I'll be signing books at the Independent Booksellers Association Tradeshow in Atlantic City. I hope to see you many of you there, so stay tune for further news later this fall.

I'll sign out because I want to make some Chicken Parmigiani to take to the shore and I'd like to do it before it gets too hot.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
news from the RWA Conference in Reno
Wow! In all the years I have attended RWA conferences, I never heard such a disgruntled crowd of attendees. I must have received more than a dozen phone calls from friends who attended (I didn't) and the comments about the award ceremonies were unanimously bad, bad, bad.

What happened? The conference, and especially the award ceremonies were supposed to celebrate twenty-five wonderful years, but apparently that wasn't the case. What a shame.

I'm glad I stayed home. Spent the time writing, so I wouldn't feel guilty about driving to the shore for a whole day to visit friends last Tuesday. What a great day. It was hot, but without any humidity. We had a great lunch--Manhattan clam chowder from a place called Boulevard Clams. Yum. That was followed by clams on the shell and champagne. And if you don't think we were hungry for dinner a few hours later, think again. We went to the Yellow Fin in Surf City--a fabulous restaurant. I could have made a meal of the appetizer--huge pieces of lump crab meat served over a thick gazpacho, a layer of guacamole and cilantro, served in a large martini glass. Heavenly. Then, since obviously, I was in the mood for shellfish, I ordered a lobster tail that was perfectly cooked and served with a butter/lime sauce. I have to do the crab in the martini thing for company. You can't imagine how pretty it is with all those different colors.

My bookmarks have arrived. Gorgeous. Don, my printer really did a great job, but then he always does. Oh, and I also received some early fall fabrics and although I made my list of what I want to order, I'm wondering when I'll find the time to do any sewing. My sewing machine is sitting on a table, looking sad....

Okay, this is running a bit long, so, until next time, bye.

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