Miss D. and I are heading out for a ten-day research trip for my next Western novel, the third in the “Ames Archives” series. We’ll be covering large areas of West Texas, Colorado and New Mexico, checking historic locations, following the routes that horse herds and cavalry patrols would have used, and generally making sure I have the terrain properly scouted out before I begin writing. That’s important if one wants to be convincing. Louis L’Amour was a great example in that regard, and I try to emulate his accuracy.
We’re going to Blogorado, our annual gathering of gun-bloggers and friends, as part of the trip. Many of us are also writers and authors, so it’s very much a business gathering in that respect, exchanging news of what we’re working on right now, the state of the market, and so on. It also helps with publicity for forthcoming books, of course. All that makes the trip tax-deductible, which is very useful.
I’m going to try to put up a couple of blog posts every day, mostly writing them in the evenings in our hotel rooms. If I can’t manage it some days, bear with me, please, and visit the bloggers in my sidebar. They’re pretty good, too! Say a prayer for traveling mercies for us, if you’re so inclined.