Monday, December 31, 2012

Audio Books

We left Helotes on Dec 19th for a 10-day drive to San Francisco and back.....visiting our youngest daughter for Christmas. The long hours of driving through remote dessert and grasslands were complimented by a series of audio books we had selected for the journey -- authors Danielle Steel, James Lee Burke, Louis L'Amour, Nora Roberts, and William J. Cobb. While the story lines are important, the quality of the reader often makes the story very satisfying or not so satisfying. Not only were the tales interesting, but I always learn more about plot and character development, pacing, details, and other facets of writing from these authors. We checked our audio books out of our local community library which made everything convenient and inexpensive.

We had a wonderful trip and even visited the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers located in Golden Gate Park. The Conservatory received a large grant from the Goldman Foundation to help restore the buildings after storm damage. It was fitting we should visit as the Goldman Environmental Prize awarded to environmental activists is mentioned in my latest novel, Ransomed Earth: An Eco-Thriller.

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