Traveling to New Locations

A workshop and a couple of readings will keep me traveling quite a lot this month. No big commitments if it weren’t for the travel time. As many of you know, out here on the Great Plains we measure distance not in miles or kilometers but in hours–and it takes several to get from here to anywhere else. That applies to pretty much anywhere you start.

So here’s the schedule:

Tomorrow, November 4, at 9:30 a.m. at Cottonwood Ranch, Kansas, I will talk about the process of gathering family stories and writing memoirs. Entitled Family Histories; More Than Names, Dates, and Places, the talk focuses on research and what to do with what you find. I will use examples from my own books to talk about how those unusual details can bring a story to life. Six hours driving time both ways.

Got home late Saturday with many good feelings. What a great setting out on the open prairie, in the old ranch house made mostly by hand of native limestone. I had a wonderful, receptive audience and terrific hostess. What fun discussing memoirs, and research, and plains history. I hope the occasion to visit the ranch will arise again someday. On to Norfolk next weekend to meet more new readers I’ve never met.

November 12, at 1 p.m., the Main Street Book Store in Norfolk, Johnny Carson’s home town, will host Sarah Buhrman, Cort Fernald, and me in a reading and book signing. Should be an interesting time. Our work couldn’t be a whole lot different. Sarah writes fantasy. She says if it’s fantasy, she writes it. Cort specializes in gritty thrillers, and I do memoir and historical fiction. Visit Indie Bob’s Blogspot on the store.

November 18 from 10-12 and 1-3, Chapters Bookstore in Seward plans a book fair. Carla Ketner, the owner, has a great lineup of readers for your literary delight. I will read in the afternoon. Visit Odyssey Through Nebraska to learn more.

I hope to see some of you at one or the other of these locations.

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