Okay, I know they’re actors, but…

… when a gentleman dressed as Doc Holliday or Wyatt Earp stops by to chat at my book table, it is a thrill. Yesterday, I spent seven hours in the bookstore and gift shop at the O.K. Corral, while hundreds of people shuffled through, buying souvenirs and tickets to the gunfight reenactment done 2-3 times … Read more…

Why don’t (s)he write?

Remember that line from Dances With Wolves? Kevin Costner and a teamster come across a skeleton and the teamster says, “Somewhere back east, his sister is wondering, Why don’t he write?” I’m not dead, but I’ll  put it this way: 1500+ people have climbed Mt. Everest. Only 67 have completed this ride. About 4:30 yesterday, … Read more…

First day on horseback

It was only 5 miles, an easy beginning while we got used to our horses and they got used to us. We rode through some high desert chapparal (see Carey Granger’s comment on the last post for a definition) and then through the  set for Tombstone and several other movies. My horse is named after … Read more…

Some pianos ARE too awful to play!

This morning, I drove into Tombstone early, hoping to beat the heat and the crowds. Spotted mining archeologist  Carey Granger and had a chance to ask him some additional questions, including, “Wait — they had two ice factories in Tombstone? How did they make ice?” He said they used ammonia and fire. “Did you ever … Read more…

First night in Tombstone

I’m blind-tired, fighting  a cold, and struggling with internet access, but this trip has already been useful. The main industry in Tombstone was mining — something almost overlooked in most portrayals of the events in 1881. So naturally, that’s what interests me most. Late this afternoon, I toured the Goodenough Mine, which has been excavated … Read more…

Tombstone trip: packing up

Book publicists tend to think geographically, not climatically. When A Thread of Grace was published in January of 2005, the first week of the tour was on the West Coast. The events started in San Diego (sunny and 80), with stops in San Francisco (rain and 55), Portland and Seattle (more rain, 45), and ended … Read more…