Yesterday was our trip to Sedona to the Well Red Coyote bookstore, but before that, we hit Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe for some very tasty fried chicken, the kind mother would have made had she been a better cook. Fried chicken, fried pork chops, greens, yams, red beans, rice and gravy, and cornbread. Every dinner has one price and you tell the person in the little pay window what you ate and they ring it up. A tiny little diner with whitewashed walls inside, with the menu inscribed in black marker. You can also find scrawled on the walls the well-wishes of former diners. Yeah, it's that kind of place.
So with chicken in our bellies, we took the long drive to Sedona. We saw red rock canyons, rocks so deeply brick red they looked unrealistically painted that way; sloping highways through plains of golden grass; fields and fields of stately saguaro cactus (though they always looked like they were giving me obscene gestures). There were places called Bloody Basin, Deadman Wash, Dead Horse Ranch (which doesn't sound all that successful, when you think about it). When we reached Sedona, the sun obligingly slanted to give the stripped walls of rock just the right lighting and we strolled through the toursity shops before I had to head on over to give my little workshop. So here's where it gets dicey. I used this wonderful Character Profile I found on the internet--don't know where--that's really a questionaire. Very helpful for developing the backstory of your characters. I started reading some of the questions outloud when store owner and author Kris Neri pipes up that that is her profile she developed for a UCLA theatre class she used to give. Oops. Small world. Well, after promptly burning remaining copies, I did let her know I use them for my own purposes--modified for the Middle Ages--and promised not to share them again. (Can you say "copyright infringement?")That internetty thingy will get you into trouble everytime. Actually, she was a good sport about it and we all had a laugh.
The next day we were off to Scottsdale and Poison Pen Bookstore where proprietor Barbara Peters interviewed me and author Steven Saylor. You know him. He's the fellow who writes Roman mysteries with Gordianus the Finder. We share an editor at St. Martin's (I get him on Wednesdays and Fridays, he gets him on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and it was the first time we met. Laurie R. King was also there in the audience so it was a good trip.
Now we are lazing about by the pool and mentally preparing for the 6 hour drive tomorrow. During Halloween. Gonna try to get home before the trick-or-treaters start to prowl or I'm going to be stuck with all that candy...wait. Hmm.