Friday, July 07, 2006

From Denver

It's raining in Denver. What’s the deal, it’s July. Isn’t this supposed to be dry weather time? My hotel’s ¾ of a mile from the convention center. I’m not walking that in the rain.

Fortunately I have a few days. First is the ChiLibris retreat (an organization for CBA fiction writers who've had at least two novels published). Our meetings are right here in the hotel. Today I’ll probably not even see the light of day outside. I can even jog in the workout room.

Yesterday the flight from San Francisco to Denver took about two hours. Guess the time it took me to get to the hotel after landing. Two hours. Loong baggage wait. Then the shuttle. Then lots of traffic into town. Sheesh. I reached the hotel a whole 15 minutes before dinner.

The driver of the shuttle didn’t have to tell me my hotel was (finally) around the corner. I heard the noise. You don’t get 60 novelists together and expect any peace in the place, lemme me ya. I doubt this hotel will ever be the same.

It’s got wireless in the rooms. Yowza.

We ate in at the hotel—a casual catered pasta dinner. I went around hugging everybody, and everybody else was hugging everybody else. Quite the friendly group. At dinner I purposely sat down with someone I didn’t know. New to ChiLibris. Name’s
Brad Whittington. You might recognize that name. He won a Christy for his first novel, Welcome to Fred, two years ago. Brad has a blog, in which he finds crazy things on the Internet and posts links to them. This is something that a guy who writes novels like the Fred books would do.

Also at the table were Robert Whitlow and his wife, Kathy. Robert’s as southern as you can get (two words out of his mouth and you’ll know), a lawyer-turned novelist. Check out his very cool
Web site with numerous videos. His latest big project was producing a movie from his novel The List. It’s now done and in editing. Robert informs me it will have a limited release in big theaters.

A reminder—those of you who want to exchange links for this blog and/or Scenes and Beans, send your hyperlinks on over. I’ll gather a bunch and then put them up on both sites.

Check back here Monday for a special planned post. I can guarantee you it’ll be something you wouldn’t guess. And highly entertaining.

Well, naturally.


Kristy Dykes said...

I just love your blog, Brandilyn. Love your descriptions of the meetings you attend, the people you see.

Keep it up. Tell us all about the Christy Awards banquet. And IRCS.

Inquiring minds want to know. At least this one does! GRIN

Wayne Scott said...

Sorry you got stuck in the rain, Brandilyn, but we really need the moisture. If you've looked out your window this morning, you should find beautiful blue skies. Enjoy them before the afternoon thunderstorms come in. :)

BTW, my wife is reading Robert Whitlow's "Jimmy" and is loving it.

D. Gudger said...

Believe it or not, we're really behind in the rain department and will take what we can get. Wayne is right - skies are BEAUTIFUL this morning and the air is cool and crispy.

I also read JIMMY - and as a former special ed teacher, it really touched my heart.

Enjoy Colorado, see you Monday!

C.J. Darlington said...

Oh, man. Now I'm envious. Colorado is beautiful.

Kristy Dykes said...

I'm reading Jimmy too! Stayed up until two thirty a.m. the other night reading it.

Gets you in the gut.

I'm a big fan of Robert Whitlow.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Sounds like you're having a great time...we live it vicariously through you!

Michelle Pendergrass said...

Careful now. Rain in July is good. Snow in July is bad. :)

"This one time" my husband and I were driving through Wyoming in July and it WAS snowing.

As Bonnie said, "we live vicariously through you!" Keep on posting!

Dineen A. Miller said...

I'm envious like C.J. I LOVE Denver. Hope to live there one day. Have a great retreat, Brandilyn. I hope this is part of your goal to renew your joy in writing. I pray it refreshes you and energizes you for IRCS. Have a great time signing your books!

Kristy Dykes said...

I've been waiting with baited breath to hear from you, Brandilyn, about what's going on Denver, who you're hobnobbing with, what fun you're having.

Can't wait till tomorrow to read your post.

Victoria Gaines said...

Hey! Have a good time! Enjoying the blog!

Wayne Scott said...

Michelle, I've been snowed on in July in Colorado. Granted, I was on a fourteener (a 14,000 ft. peak) at the time. But still, it was snowing. :)