Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Traveling--and a Random Act of Culture

I missed blogging Monday and Tuesday due to traveling. Over the weekend Mark and I were in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I had a wonderful impromptu signing at the Crossroads of Life Bookstore in Glendale. (Ah, the value of Facebook!) Then hubby and I hopped over to Southern California to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday with her.

We returned home Monday night. And today I'm traveling again--this time to Mississippi for a three-day trip to research the area in which my current manuscript is set.

This is the first time I've set a novel in an area that I'm not familiar with. In the past I've used various parts of California, Kentucky and Idaho. I'm now about 32,000 words into my story. Research with local experts over the phone, plus using the Internet is certainly helpful. (Long live Google Earth.) But when it comes to describing the area, and really getting a feel for the location--ya just got to go there.

Today as I fly east, I give you the following for your edification. Do yourself a favor and watch this video on the Random Act of Culture that occurred at the Macy's in Center City, Philadelphia. Many of the shoppers in the very busy store turn out to be choristers--set to burst into the Hallelujah Chorus on cue. It's wonderful to see God worshipped through classical music in a public place.

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CHickey said...

I'm signing at Crossroads this Saturday! Wish I would've known you were going to be there. I would've stopped by and said Hey!

Anonymous said...

That singing at Macy's was wonderful! I couldn't believe that they would actually sing something that so fully involved praising God in such a public place. And even more surprising, so many people enjoyed it. I don't think I saw one annoyed-looking person in the whole video.

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