July 18, 2011. I'm back from the PSWA (Public Safety Writers Association) conference in Las Vegas with a renewed appreciation for clouds and water, and with some great memories. There just isn't any greater trip than flying from the hot, dry desert to damp, cool, green Seattle in the space of a few hours. A time portal might beat it but otherwise there's no contest.
The PSWA conference ran for three well organized and completely full days. I can now report I've held a human skill in my hands, complete with bullet holes. Learned a lot from the law enforcement officers and fire fighter professionals and hope to incorporate some of it into the next book. Had no idea fire flashbacks could happen so quickly, did have an idea that Cop humor is the best - verified. Met some very talented folks, an inspiration.
Las Vegas was bright, smoky, lively and glittering in contrast to my quiet existence, and the PSWA conference was well worth the trip. Having worked with airline flight crews, corporate computing groups and small business owners I can say that law enforcement officers have the best sense of humor, hands down.
I can no longer say I have never held a human skull in my hands. Learned a lot about crime and mayhem from the professionals and also lots of great info about the writing craft. Now I can sit back with a G&T, feet up on the deck rail and work on book #2, Green ICE. Blue ICE is in the capable hands of a great editor - Marilyn Olsen - and I've had a nice little break from routine, now it's back to the keyboard. Back to Three Cranes Lake with Brooke, Jack and Ed.