Today is Stephen Parrish's fiftieth birthday. A good many of you read Stephen's blog but if you don't -- you should start. I don't recall how a first found his blog, but probably a followed a link from a comment he left on someone else's site or one of the bloggers I enjoy recommended him. However I came across him, I knew I'd found a like minded soul when I read these words in his profile ... I write novels. I seek publishers. Everything else is conversation.
Stephen is many things. A wine connoisseur, an Army veteran, a talented writer and storyteller, an advocate, a My Town Monday Marauder, a proud father, and a good FRIEND to not only me but to all writers out and about in the blogosphere (published or not). Stephen is always quick to promote another's novel or to offer an encouraging word to those of us trying to achieve that goal. Never one to shy away from a controversial topic or to state his view Stephen's posts spark some great debate in the comment trail. Check him out and wish him a Happy Fiftieth Birthday today.
So this weekend is the annual Frontiers In Writing Conference here in Amarillo. As part of that I will be hosting author extraordinaire -- Bob Mayer who is the keynote speaker this year. As his host I will be picking him up at the airport tomorrow, introducing him before his workshops and keynote speech, and generally being his guide while here in Amarillo. I look forward to meeting him and I'm especially hoping for the chance to discuss the novels he co-wrote with Jennifer Crusie. As a man writing women's fiction I'm always eager to talk to another man who has ventured into that realm. Also, I have read the two novels they penned together and enjoyed them both.
And if you missed it back when the two of them blogged together go back and check it out. They shared some great stuff. You can also read Bob's regular blog here, or Jennifer's here.
So is there anything y'all would like me to ask Mr. Mayer? If so, drop your question in the comments and I'll do my best to work it in, but in the meantime check out his site and pick up one of his books. You won't be disappointed.
P.S. -- I'll try to pop in and do a post or two using the conference hotel's Wireless, but don't hold me to it.