Sunday, June 22, 2008

L.A. When It Sizzles

Like Terri, I am going to be on the short side this week.

I have been back from Chicago for a week and it seems I went from the steam bath to the oven. Not that I have had time to notice since I am in the homestretch of finishing my third crochet mystery. It is either titled DEATH AND DOILIES or UNRAVELING THE CROCHET CODE.

I have been hovering over my computer non stop all week and have pretty much forgotten what day it is.. I did watch the news last night, or I think it was last night. and the weather man predicted something like 110 for Woodland Hills which is the next community over in the San Fernando Valley. It’s usually a little cooler here, which today probably meant 109.

It’s been too hot to want to go anywhere or do anything, which has made the week long hovering easier. I usually go to the gym almost every day, but this week I’ve been skipping. It was too hot even for yoga.. Thank heavens for sugar free popsicles.

Any crocheting I’ve done this week has been strictly related to the book. This book features filet crochet which is done with thread and is light and airy. It’s perfect hot weather crochet.. This is not the time to have a wool afghan draped over your lap while you finish the fringe.

My big news of the week is I am going to be talking about HOOKED ON MURDER, the first of my Berkley Prime Crime crochet themed mystery series live Wednesday morning June 25, on the AM Show on It airs from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. pacific time and is encored 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

My thoughts have been on the Midwest and the flooding. For the past four summers or so, right around this time I have gone to Iowa City to the Summer Writing Festival at the University of Iowa. I have always stayed at Iowa House which is part of the student Union and right on the Iowa River. I have always requested a room with a river view and enjoyed sitting by the river watching the fireflies come out as it got dark.

It is one thing to see pictures on the news, it’s different when you’ve been there.


Terri Thayer said...

It was so hot in my house yesterday, I actually went to the gym to cool down.

Good luck with the book. Sounds like great fun.

Betty Hechtman said...

I didn't know it was so hot up where you are, too. Thinking about Asilomar should give you a cool mindset.

Good luck with your book, too. I am looking forward to more adventures of Dewey. Now it's back to my manuscript. I am aiming to send it off tomorrow.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I empathize of course, Betty, since I also live in L.A. At least the temperature is supposed to get a little cooler in the next few days.
Your cableradio show should be fun. I'll try to catch one of the encores.

Camille Minichino said...

I'll stop complaining about 90 in the Bay Area. thanks for the perspective.

An interesting thought you raised: does your hobby change with the season?

Betty Hechtman said...

Linda: I figured you would be hot too, though I think the west Valley is a little hotter.

Camille: 90 in the bay area has to be really uncomfortable because you're so not used to that kind of heat.