Really, I am. At least on the L.A. Times Crossword puzzle.
Imagine waking up to this stunning view of the Grand Tetons every morning. This was snapped from my hotel room at Jackson Lake Lodge. If you haven’t yet been to Wyoming, I say go go go! It has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, and I say this as someone who’s lived in both Hawaii and Maine. I traveled to Wyoming to research my next book, and drove throughout the northwest corner of the state, from Jackson to Yellowstone to Cody to Thermopolis. (I seemed to be stalking thriller writer C.J. Box, who was on book tour there at the time. I really wanted to meet him, but only got as close as glimpsing him through a bookstore window. I didn’t want to cut in on the long, long line of his fans waiting to see him.)
Everywhere I went, I took notes, snapped photos, and now have a much better idea of where my story (another Jane and Maura thriller) takes place.
Yeah, I know. It’s a tough, tough life being a writer. But somebody’s got to do it.
To make my visit to Jackson Hole even more thrilling, I spent the July 4 weekend attending Renaissance Weekend, otherwise known as “Revenge of the Nerds,” where I caught up with a few old friends, and met many new ones. Confidentiality’s the rule there, so I can’t talk about what went on in the sessions, but I can say that I’m very pleased indeed to see how many of our brightest new scientists are young women. The downside to the conference? After hanging out with such brilliant science and tech people, I came away (as usual after Renaissance) feeling hopelessly inadequate.