Yes, I do have to report. Check in time is at 8:15. We're advised not to park in a two-hour space because we most certainly will be there more than two hours. Bring something to read or work on, the recorded message said, and best bring along a sweater because it's usually cold.
I was juror number 253, and the highest number called was 253. Number 254 and beyond were released as having performed their duty for 2010. Am I lucky or what?
A Couple of New (or Sorta New) Blogs
I'd like to introduce you to Chiseled in Rock, the blog of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, run by Dave Jackson and Cynthia Richards. Here you'll find posts on writing, rejection, agents, conferences, and getting published.
Jenny, a member of Northern Colorado Writers, has started a blog project designed to lift her out of her rut by finding new things to do in Fort Collins, Colorado. She'll be reporting on her adventures each Wednesday. Her blog is called Choice City Native.
What I'm Reading
I finally picked up Karen Walker's memoir, Following the Whispers. I'd put off reading this book for a long time because I already knew a little of Karen's story from her blog. As a mom, and as a long ago kid, I find it tough to think of the traumas some children must endure at an early age and how it impacts their lives forever. Karen's memoir is poignant and sad, but her determination to survive and overcome the obstacles she encounters is a compelling story. She's an excellent writer with a tight, clear voice. I'm having a tough time putting the book down so I can get my other work done.
Tomorrow's Guest Blogger
My most excellent guest tomorrow is Margot Kinberg, mystery novelist and blogger extraordinaire at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist. You won't want to miss Margot's story.