Vol. 4400 No. 996
Happy Autumnal Equinox (the 22nd): – Do not forget your celebratory midnight dance around a raging bonfire, hands clapping over your head as you chant, "Football season has arrived! Laissez les bon temps rouler!" Clothing is optional.
The "rouler" part -- Yes, I just got back from New Orleans, and I'll tell you, a local vampire has to be very vigilant – any touch by that burning sun and the roasting humidity and a poor vampire would be literally deep-fried, Cajun style. As you know New Orleans is a vampire fav city (for many non-vampires as well). Why was I in New Orleans? Other than covering the French Quarter and the Garden District, eating at Brennan's, the Court of Two Sisters, Commander's Palace, only to mention three of the winners, I was at my first Bouchercon (a crime/mystery) convention. About 2,000 attendees -- published authors, seeking to be published authors, editors, publishers, agents, and about 60% READERS (my favorite folk.) I met my new editor, lunched with my audio publisher, and traded industry gossip with friends (and other kinds of gossip as well).
Bouchercon was named in honor of Anthony Boucher (said like voucher), a San Francisco editor, writer, and all-around amazing individual. In 1981, his novel Nine Times Nine, was voted the 9th best locked room mystery of all time. Let me leave September with one final message from New Orleans -- Tennessee Williams wrote: "America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland."
Forgive me, Cleveland, but I have to say those three place are indeed unique.
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