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Plans? Just toss them into the bin #amediting


Due to circumstances being what they are these days, the Left Coast Crime conference, after one day of fun, was cancelled.

On the bright side, I did get to participate in my panel with three other awesome authors and a great moderator. I also met some fun people, including a pair of friends who met at an LCC conference and have been going every year since (Hi Rose and Merrill!) I also met a woman who used to work for the company that publishes aircraft maintenance manuals and another who used to track paperwork in aviation.

After the first day, however, due to this whole virus business (and the local officials putting out an official “recommendation” that events of over 250 people be cancelled), LCC 2020 in San Diego was shut down, resulting in some scrambling to get back home.

Bummer. Even more of a bummer was the bookstore that was supposed to sell my book (according to my information) didn’t send anyone to actually sell books. They had tables set up (under sheets) with books, but nobody to actually take money.

Seriously? So I had a number of people ask about buying my book, and since I anticipated they (the bookstore) would be there and sell it, I didn’t send books or bring books to sell on consignment. All I could do was give people my bookmark, which has a QR code that takes them directly to Amazon and one that takes them to my website, and suggest they buy it there.

I got to meet other authors, like Kellye Garrett, Matt Goldman, and William Kent Kreuger, but I didn’t get to meet with my blogging buddy, Betsy. That was probably the most disappointing part of the trip.

The way things are going, it feels like Mother Nature is trying to do her part in reducing the abuse to our environment. Kinda like, “Hey, you’re not taking this climate change stuff you set into motion seriously, so here you go. Chew on this for awhile.”

Anyway, the lastest news is that the writers’ festival for next weekend (I was scheduled to do a workshop) has been postponed until the fall, and the Writers’ Institute has also been postponed. Sheesh. I get it, but part of me still thinks there is some overreaction going on. I mean, we don’t do this when we have a measles outbreak, or a bad flu season, or when the seasonal “crud” goes around.

Anyway, at least people are more conscious of their personal hygiene. It’s like Mom always said: WASH YOUR HANDS.

Stay safe, everyone. Stay healthy. Stay calm and wash your hands.

Author: Julie Holmes, author

A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for over a decade, I have been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. My debut novel, "Murder in Plane Sight", has been released by Camel Press (an imprint of Coffeetown Press/Epicenter Press). In real life, I am a technical writer and empty-nester with a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, six chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

17 thoughts on “Plans? Just toss them into the bin #amediting

  1. Well, I’m glad you had some good moments, Julie, even if there was so much disappointment. This whole coronavirus thing has snarled up all sorts of events, and gotten in the way of so many people’s lives. I know my book launch party (which was supposed to be on the 22nd) has had to be rescheduled. The book’s still being released on schedule, but still! We’re all just going to have to get through this the best we can, take care of ourselves, and be considerate of others. It’s a tough time, but we’re tougher, as the saying goes.

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  2. The Roanoke Author Invasion (sort of near me) was cancelled, too. Drats. I understand, but I was looking forward to attending as a reader. I pray the country and the world gets past this virus soon!

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  3. This virus certainly is a nuisance, Julie, but it is right that they cancel big events. It seems to be highly contagious and lives on surfaces for much longer than other virus so they are trying to flatten the curve i.e. try to reduce the speed at which is spreads so that the hospitals and medical staff can cope with the volumes of people needing treatment. It is a bit scary and I have also wondered about Mother Nature’s revenge or maybe just her survival plan. Stay safe.

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    • It is a nuisance, and truthfully, we should anticipate Mother Nature tossing something like this our way every so often. It just seems like that is how things are. Even on a farm, when the number of barn cats gets high, something tends to cut their numbers, like an illness.

      Stay safe, Roberta, and have a great week!

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  4. It sure hits home when that sort of stuff is happening. I teach online so I have seen no disruption but schools all around me are in a tizzy about how to keep kids safe and continue the education journey. This too shall pass.

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    • My son’s university has extended spring break for another week, and called for all classes to be taught online. The problem, though, comes with the labs. Pretty tough to teach labs (and he has a gym class) online. Crossing fingers he’ll still be able to graduate this spring!

      Stay safe and have a wonderful week, Jacqui!


  5. I’m so sorry that your plans got so messed up, Julie. I guess it makes sense to play it safe for a while. I’m hunkering down and writing, playing it safe with my vulnerable parents. Enjoy the home time and indulge the muse. ❤

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    • I get it, sort of. Part of me still thinks they’re being a bit overly cautious, considering the fatality rate is so low, maybe twice that of the flu. My work is even having everyone work remotely until further notice.

      And indulging the muse? I think he’s rubbing his hands together with a snarky grin on his face in anticipation 😀

      Stay safe and have a wonderful writing week, Diana!

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  6. I didn’t realize you’d at least gotten one day of the conference. That’s good. So sorry about the lack of books to sell, but having those bookmarks handy was GREAT! Perhaps since people will be at home quite a bit now, they’ll be itching to order a new exciting book to read. And, of course, AWWWHHH!!! to your part about me. I read that to Paul, and he also said, “AWWWHHH!!!” 🙂 That was a massive bummer, no doubt. I look forward to our next meeting–sans threat of horrible illness. 🙂 Nice to see Zoey again! And I’m sure your family was all happy to have you home again. At least you still got something out of the whole experience.
    Oh, and I was thinking, if you were stuck here and I picked you up, the first stop on our way home would be to the store to introduce you to the CMG. Wouldn’t that have been fun? 🙂

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    • I hope they order books! Lots of books! And I was truly disappointed to miss our meeting, but I figured the sooner I got out, the less likely my flight would be canceled by the airline. LOL! Oh, man, to meet CMG would be great! Then again, with both of us there, he might just consider quitting or moving to a different store… 😉 😀 Too much of a snarky thing 😀 😀

      Stay safe! Have a wonderful week, Betsy!

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      • I totally understand your need to take the earliest flight. And, as it turns out, the CMG is, for the second time that I know of, trying for a promotion that would get him transferred to a different store. He also told me it would mean less pay (and less hours). The things this man does to get away from me while staying employed!

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  7. I’m glad you got to experience at least a day bookish fun in there. I’m scheduled to take part in an author festival the end of April, and now it makes me wonder if it will actually happen. Right now the library (where the book festival is to take place) is closed to the public through the end of March .I’ll have to wait and see what happens afterward,.

    And how cool you got to meet Willian Kent Kreuger. I’ve read some of his work and really enjoyed it!

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    • I am glad I got to do my panel; it was a great panel, and I met some great authors. And William Kent Kreuger is a local author; I needed to catch up with him and ask if he would do a presentation for our Sisters in Crime chapter (one of his close friends is an active member). Needless to say, I didn’t have a chance to nail down a date for him to come.

      Stay safe, and have a wonderful week, Mae!

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  8. Sorry about your event getting canceled, Julie. I hope you still get some sales online and glad you got the first day in. Been a strange week, hope this week goes better for you.

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