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Friday, September 28, 2012

Military Writers Society Conference

Taking place at the Holiday Inn Dayton-Fairborn, we are filling our brains with all the knowledge shared in sessions and conversations. Together we represent a wealth of experience in writing, editing, publishing and marketing.

I have so much to learn. The longer I live, the less I know. Although I spend most of my waking hours on a computer or my iPad, I admit I only take baby steps in the big world of technology. Scrivener is a well-known writing tool that I have yet to master but I intend to take a class from an expert this morning.

Following that, I moderate a panel discussing primary research tools. I love digging around in archives to discover tidbits that make history come alive. Last night we had a good session on the Special Collections Archives at Wright State University. Archivist Gino Pasi presented a sampling of what we might discover there.

Time to open brain and insert information.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Emergence: The John Bax Story in production

I'm in Dayton, OH, at the Military Writers Society of America conference. Looking at lots of new books and meeting new writers.

I'm waiting for the printer's proof of Emergence: The John Bax Story. It's incredibly exciting to see a project come to life in book form. The book will be available as a hard cover, an e-book and an iBook. The hard cover edition will have a 24-page color insert of birds. Thanks to all the photographers who shared their beautiful photos. They are going to make the book come alive!

The first copies will be available at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen, TX, in November.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

If you visit Asheville, NC, a trolley tour offers an excellent introduction to the city.

Mixing architecture with nature's beauty Asheville offers Southern charm, warmth and a welcoming attitude. Friendly people and good service everywhere filled our day with even more enjoyment.

Like most of the folks on the trolley tour, I saw Asheville through my camera lens. And like women everywhere, I bought a piece of jewelry to commemorate the day!

Asheville is surrounded by mountains and combines its Cherokee Indian and Appalachian history with diverse architecture and love of the arts. Our guide tossed out famous names like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and Vanderbilt.

According to the National Park Service: There are nearly as many styles of architecture throughout the streets of Asheville as there are buildings. No doubt, Asheville was dubbed the "Paris of the South" in the early 1900s for establishing itself as an artisan city with unique style and architectural talents. Asheville has developed through a history of migration to the mountains of Western North Carolina.

All the photos below were taken from a moving trolley.