I had an interesting week - Wednesday, Oct. 5, I was a featured author at an event at my local library, The Mechanic's Institute in San Francisco. This is a wonderful library with a rich history. It is a membership library that is over 100 years old and has survived earthquakes, fires, depressions and recessions. The event was Book'toberfest, and featured member authors with published books. It was a wonderfully rewarding event with more than 100 people attending. There was a panel on self-publishing which featured local authors and representatives from Green Apple Books and Books Inc. of San Francisco. I had an opportunity to present my book, Night Flight, and to talk about my experience publishing it. It was quite a night. They even erected a website featuring authors from the Mechanic's Institute. The site is called The Mirror - Reflecting Bay Area Creativity. It's a great companion site to the official library site; you should check it out. Thank you, MI staff for putting on such a great event.
My real-life job is in disaster planning for the nonprofits in the City and County of San Francisco. And this week is Fleet Week. The Navy is here in full regalia with ships and planes. The Blue Angels are streaking through the skies scarcely higher than the rooftops, and they are impressive. Just as impressive are the ships and the sailors and marines who defend us. Disaster leaders in the city were invited for a two-day seminar this week on board the USS Bonhomme Richard. It was an incredible two days and I couldn't be more proud of the men and women who volunteer to serve our country--even if I don't agree with the political decisions to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At any rate, the San Francisco Dept. of Emergency Management, Marines Memorial, and sponsors provided us with an unprecedented look into how the U.S. military responds to humanitarian crises worldwide. And we learned how we can all work to collaborate better with each other when disaster strikes here.