Sunday, December 28, 2014

Setting Up a Mysterious, Thrilling List of Guest Bloggers (and other stuff)

I put out a call for guest bloggers among the members of the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America chapter and the response has been excellent. We'll have quite a few mystery and thriller authors making an appearance in January, February, and March. If you love the genre, keep your eye on my growing list of 2015 guests in the right sidebar. As soon as we settle on the dates, I'll add them to the list.

Once I have the RMMWA folks scheduled, I'll head for the Sisters in Crime group and see who else I can recruit.

Meanwhile, I'm filling in my schedule with writerly activities. I'm revising my current suspense novel in the works. I'm working on the schedules for this blog and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog.

I also signed up to attend the Friday sessions and banquet of the Northern Colorado Writers Conference March 27th. How could you not want to attend a conference with a teaser like this?

I wish I could also attend the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado, March 11-15. Unfortunately, with preparation for that April (I hope) knee surgery, the NCW Conference, and a trip to see my mom, the retreat is not in the cards for me this year. You might want to check it out though. It's going to be an incredible opportunity to focus on writing, sharing energy with other writers, and meeting a couple of publishing professionals.

This week, however, is the last big lazy goof off week in my schedule. I'm going to spend a lot of time reading. Today I'll finish the excellent Colorado Book Award winning fantasy novel Song of the Beast by Carol Berg. Then I need to start through the stacks and shelves and the Kindle list and decide what to read next. This may be the most difficult decision I have to make this week.

We spend New Year's Eve at home watching the events on television. It's very cold and snowy here, so even though there are lots of downtown activities including fireworks, we prefer staying in where it's cozy and comfy.

I hope your week is calm and joyful, that you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and an outstanding 2015.


Margot Kinberg said...

Pat - That conference does sound great! And I'm looking forward to all your guest bloggers; I know I'll learn a lot. Wishing you and those you love a happy, healthy and successful 2015!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Thanks, Margot. I wish you a wonderful new year as well. Nothing like finding a few new mystery/thriller writers, right?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Why would anyone want to go out on New Year's Eve? Crazy people out there.
Sounds like you have a lot lined up for next year already!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Exactly! Better to watch the crazy people in Times Square from a healthy distance.

Eileen Goudge said...

Look forward to your lineup of guest bloggers! Have fun at the conference. Estes Park will still be around for when the spring is back in your step. I know I shouldn't say this to someone buried in it, but I love snow, when it's white and pretty out in the country (not dirty NYC snow). But then, I don't have to shovel it. Happy New Year!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Although it's not cold and snowy here in FL, we tend to have a quiet, low key New Year's Eve as well. :)

Wishing you all the best in 2015!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Eileen -- I like snow, too, and my husband does all the shoveling. He even seems to like doing it, so I let him have the honor. I think we're going to get more snow today.

Madeline, I spent 11 years living in South Florida and found the Christmas season was just not the same in spite of all the decorations -- I grew up with the snow and cold of Illinois and Indiana.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I would love to attend one of your conferences out there in that beautiful country. We'll go out to an early dinner on NY eve and then spend the last few hours of the year at home like you.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Happy New Year, Susan! I think I'll fix homemade pizza for New Year's Eve, after a few games of Scrabble and before the tv coverage starts.

There are so many wonderful writer events in Colorado. Retreats, conferences, workshops, and on and on. It's a writer's paradise.