Heading North

Thursday a cold front will hit the area where I spend my winters. That means the temperature is expected to drop from 80 degrees to the high 60s. Brrrrr. Right?

Wrong, of course.

So what am I doing tomorrow? I’m getting on a plane and heading north to Chicago where it truly will be cold. And why? Because Friday, February 1, 2013 is the first day of the three-day Love is Murder XIV conference. http://www.loveismurder.net/

Lee Goldberg, Michael Harvey, Bob Mayer, and David J. Walker are the featured speakers, but there’s something for everyone, from discussions about writing and the future of publishing to chances to give pitches to agents and editors. Friday evening, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the conference site, (Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel, 5300 N. River Rd. in Rosemont) there will be a meet-and-greet book signings by featured and attending authors, giveaways, and more. And best of all, the book signing is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. So, if you live in the area, but haven’t registered for the conference, you are welcome to attend the author signing.

On Saturday, there’s the MWA (Mystery Writers of America) Tea, and on Sunday there will be a MWA meeting (MWA members do not have to be registered for the conference to attend Sunday’s meeting.)

I’ll be at the conference. At least I hope I will be. I’m not worried about taking off from Florida, but I do hope the weather in Chicago-land is friendly enough for my plane to land. I’m really looking forward to visiting with writers I haven’t seen for months (or years), re-charging my creative juices, and remembering why we drive 1200 miles in December to get away from the cold.

If you’re there, do stop me and say hi. I may have forgotten your name (I’ve never been good at names, and I’m even worse now.), so please don’t be insulted if you catch me squinting at your name tag (I do hope they print those names large). You’ll probably recognize me. I’ll be the one in the corner, shivering.

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2 Responses to Heading North

  1. Maris, have a wonderful time at LIM. I thought about going, but it didn’t work for me this year. Take lots of notes to share when you return from Florida in the spring.

  2. Lucy Naylor Kubash says:

    Be sure to bring warm clothes and be prepared for windchill! They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing. While yesterday it was near 60, today we are back to 29 in Michigan. Sounds like a good conference, and I’m sure you’ll have a great time. Look forward to hearing about it.