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On May 27, 2018—one week ago today—the heartbreaking news was that Gardner Dozois had died suddenly in a hospital of an infection at the age of seventy.

As most people in the science fiction and fantasy business know, Dozois was the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine for many years, the editor of the indispensable Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies for an astounding thirty-seven years, and a published writer himself, most recently with stories in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the January-February 2018 issue with “Neanderthals“ (my story in that issue was “Aurelia”) and the May-June 2018 issue with “Unstoppable” (my story in that issue was “The Bicycle Whisperer”). His wife, the writer Susan Casper, had died after long and painful illnesses a year ago.

At the beginning of my writing career, Dozois acquired four stories of mine for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, enabling me to build a publishing resume that served as a platform for me to sell my first novel, Arachne, to William Morrow in hardcover, in trade paperback by Eos, in mass market paperback by AvoNova, and in another trade paperback edition by Bast Books. Nine novels have followed, a short story collection, several screenplays, and a major movie deal based on the short story, “Tomorrow’s Child”, published in Omni Magazine.

I’m eternally grateful for Gardner for giving me a chance back in the day. Although Asimov’s, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Analog are small-format magazines, don’t pay much, and have limited distribution, the competition among writers—even established writers with many novels to their names—to be published in those forums is fierce.

I met Gardner only briefly three times, after I’d sold stories to him—once at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Author-Editor Reception in New York; a second time at the WorldCon in San Francisco; and a third at the WorldCon in Los Angeles. He was gracious and friendly on all three occasions. Countless other writers and editors deemed him a dear friend and a regular at Science Fiction World Conventions (“WorldCons”) and other venues. A lively fixture who will be greatly missed.

And so. The first story I sold to Gardner was “Guardian,” about an African-American gallerist who must fight a brutal burglar preying on her condo building with voodoo. The next was “The Oniomancer,” about a punk Chinese-American bicycle messenger who finds an alien artifact on the street.

Both stories now appear in my collection Strange Ladies: 7 Stories (“A must-read collection—The San Francisco Review of Books) on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle world wide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT at https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Ladies-Stories-Lisa-Mason/dp/1981104380/ and IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/strange-ladies-lisa-mason/1115861322.

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Next up was “Deus Ex Machina,” a novelette republished in a number of foreign editions. The story follows a book editor who must deal with the next Big Earthquake in downtown San Francisco and, in the midst of the crisis, meets a sexy man who turns out to be not what he claims to be. I felt I had so much story there that I retitled the piece “Shaken,” expanded it, and republished it as a short novel at on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

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Finally, Gardner bought “Hummers,” about a woman dying of cancer who learns to reconcile herself to her impending death through Egyptian magic and the hummingbirds who visit her feeder. I remember walking up to Gardner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where he sat in the lobby at a table with a bunch of editors and thanking him for buying “Hummers.” And he said, loud enough for everyone to hear, “That was a good story.” “Hummers” was nominated for the Nebula Award (the late Roger Zelazny voted for it) and chosen for the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 5th Annual Collection (St. Martin’s Press). The award-winning Terri Windling, one of the editors of the anthology, wrote a beautiful introduction. I’ve also published this as an ebook short story at Hummers (in Fifth Annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

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So there you have it, my friends. Short stories are a part of the culture, a part of literature, an important way for writers to express themselves and for readers to appreciate their work and their consciousness.

From the author of Summer Of Love (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book). On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. BACK IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Love-Travel-Lisa-Mason/dp/1548106119/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-of-love-a-time-travel-lisa-mason/1104160569.

The Gilded Age (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book). On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. BACK IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/Gilded-Age-Time-Travel/dp/1975853172/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-gilded-age-a-time-travel-lisa-mason/1106038566.

The Garden of Abracadabra (“Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy . . . I want to read more!) On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978148291/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-garden-of-abracadabra-lisa-mason/1108093507

Arachne (a Locus Hardover Bestseller) is an ebook on US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. On Kindle worldwide in France Kindle, Germany Kindle, Italy Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, Spain Kindle, Mexico Kindle, Brazil Kindle, India Kindle, and Japan Kindle. Back in Print! Find the beautiful trade paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/198435602X or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/arachne-lisa-mason/1000035633.

Cyberweb (sequel to Arachne) is on US Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also Kindle worldwide on UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Brazil Kindle, France Kindle, Germany Kindle, India Kindle, Italy Kindle, Japan Kindle, Mexico Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, and Spain Kindle. Back in Print at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1984356941 or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cyberweb-lisa-mason/1001932064

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories (“A must-read collection—The San Francisco Review of Books). On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle world wide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. NOW IN PRINT at https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Ladies-Stories-Lisa-Mason/dp/1981104380/ or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/strange-ladies-lisa-mason/1115861322.

One Day in the Life of Alexa (“Five stars! An appealing narrator and subtly powerful emotional rhythms”). On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands. Order the beautiful trade paperback NOW IN PRINT at https://www.amazon.com/One-Life-Alexa-Lisa-Mason/dp/1546783091 or IN PRINT at Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-day-in-the-life-of-alexa-lisa-mason/1126431598.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition, A Lily Modjeska Mystery (Five stars) On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle worldwide in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Shaken (in Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Hummers (in Fifth Annual Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror) On BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

Daughter of the Tao (in Peter S. Beagle’s Immortal Unicorn) on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in AustraliaFrance, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

Every Mystery Unexplained (in David Copperfield’s Tales of the Impossible) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

Tomorrow’s Child (In Active Development at Universal Pictures) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Netherlands.

The Sixty-third Anniversary of Hysteria (in Full Spectrum 5) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

U F uh-O (Five Stars!) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

Tesla, A Screenplay on US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, BarnesandNoble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on Kindle in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo. On Kindle in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Netherlands, and Mexico.

“Illyria, My Love” is on US Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords. Also on UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Germany Kindle, France Kindle, Spain Kindle, Italy Kindle, Netherlands Kindle, Japan Kindle, Brazil Kindle, Mexico Kindle, and India Kindle.

Please visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for all my books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews and blogs, adorable cat pictures, forthcoming works, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

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Lisa Mason, October 6, 2014

The Manhattan Penthouse, SFWA Author-Editor Reception

Photo 2014 by Kate Baker

The Reception was held on October 6, 2014 at The Manhattan Penthouse (“MP”) at 80 Fifth Avenue. We enjoyed a two-block stroll from Little Town where I’d dined with Gordon Van Gelder, Matthew Blackburn, and four other writers. We set out at 7:20 p.m., twenty minutes after the start of the event.

The MP has a capacity of 300 people. The guest list had totally filled a good week before the event. When we arrived, people were streaming in, but most guests had already arrived. The place was jumping! People had congregated into groups deep in conversation. Everyone in these groups seemed to know the other participants.

The MP is a suite of two rooms on the 17th floor. The spacious front room has tall, arched windows overlooking Manhattan. The adjoining room is outfitted with tables and chairs where people can sit down.

As I admired the spectacular view through an arched window, a full moon sailed above the New York City skyline. I also admired the abundant hors d’oeuvres heaped on a round table in the front room and on a banquet in the adjoining room. A full bar in the front room sold drinks. According to The SFWA Forum (October/November 2014), an appetizer, momos, from the forthcoming SFWA Cookbook, as well as a drink, The Honey Badger, were offered. I hadn’t heard about this so didn’t try them.

I was very glad I’d arrived with a group of people I’d already met and conversed with. Unless you’re a freewheeling party animal, it can be a little intimidating to walk into a room where three hundred strangers have already paired off and are deep in high-decibel conversation. I hung out for a while with Matthew and Leo, but I had work to do. I’d jetted six hours at my own expense to be here and I intended to meet people.

SFWA had thoughtfully provided a guest list online. I’d studied the list at home and picked out twenty people—magazine editors, book editors, literary agents, and writers—whom I wanted to meet. Some of them I’d met before, but not for some years. I googled people I’d never met before and downloaded their online photos so I’d recognize them.

I’d had a terrific business card made before the trip (FedEx.com provides this excellent service online). My wonderful husband, the artist and jeweler Tom Robinson, had urged me to “work the room.” We had a lot invested in this whirlwind trip.

I overcame my natural shyness and worked the room, approaching strangers whom I thought I recognized, introducing myself, and offering my business card. Some turned out to be who I thought they were; some didn’t but knew the person I was seeking. So in turn, other people introduced me to the person I was seeking to meet. As I circulated around the two rooms, I ran into people I wanted to meet by sheer luck. I met several people who hadn’t been on my list—another author who had published a story in the premier issue of Unique Magazine, as had I, and a literary agent and her assistant who were already familiar with some of my best work.

I just couldn’t find two of the book editors I wanted to connect with, as well as an out-of-town literary agent who only reads queries from authors she’s met in person and an author who’s active in SFWA. Just goes to show you how difficult it may be to find people you’re looking for in a crowd of three hundred!

By 10:30 p.m. the event was winding down. I’d spoken with three magazine editors, three literary agents who are at the top of my query list, two book editors, several editorial assistants, and a handful of authors. I walked back to the Wyndham Garden Hotel, reasonably satisfied and packed my luggage for my departure at 7:00 a.m. the next morning.

So there you have it, my friends. SFWA has always called this event the Author-Editor Reception. When I attended some years ago, the emphasis seemed to be more on the attending authors. Now SFWA is transitioning to calling the event “the Annual Reception for Industry Professionals.” In fact, I just found the online survey, which strikes me as very much aimed at industry professionals. A question asks, “After meeting an author, are you inclined to read his/her work?” (I’m paraphrasing.) I suppose the question is applicable to an author like me, though I generally read an author’s work because I’m interested in the subject matter or have read a review. Not because I’ve met the person.

I certainly get the vibe that this event is now more geared toward industry professionals, rather than authors. That’s not a criticism of SFWA, just an observation.

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Australia..

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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As soon as I decided to attend the reception, I contacted one of the event planners and asked him if he could recommend a hotel within walking distance of the event. Gordon had chosen, as I expected him to, a restaurant for our private group dinner very close to the event. I didn’t want to leave my punctuality for both these important occasions up to the whims and chances of Manhattan traffic! I love to walk, so ten city blocks poses no problem for me.

Steven recommended two, but the one that stood out for me was the Wyndham Garden Chelsea on West 27th between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The Mondrian-like front of it won me over immediately. A room was neither too expensive ($800 a night and up for some showplace like the Sheraton is standard) nor suspiciously cheap. Since I was only staying two nights, I was sold.

Location is key in other ways if you’re going to New York for pleasure. With its central location, the Wyndham Garden is ideal for easy jaunts uptown or downtown or in the Chelsea neighborhood itself. This particular block of West 27th itself is rather charmless. The idea is to go out! Also there’s a gym around the corner. As I was waiting for the Supershuttle on Tuesday morning, I saw several people go there for their morning workouts.

My modest-sized room was extremely comfortable with an oak cabinet for hanging up clothes, a little work desk with free Wi Fi and computer plugs, a computerized temperature control so the issue of the room being too cold or too hot, which I’ve had at some of the big hotels, wasn’t a problem, a cute little coffeemaker with Wolfgang Puck coffee, which isn’t very strong but I liked it, and a wall-mounted TV of course. The clean, comfortable bathroom had shampoo, conditioner, soap, and body lotion, and a magnifying, lighted mirror. My window looked out at the building next door, its fire escape, brick façade, and what apparently were architectural offices. This isn’t a view hotel but the bed and pillows were some of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept on ever.

A restaurant, Tre Stelle, is located right next door and handles all room service, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner service is available until 11:00 p.m. My salmon dinner was superb, together with the Pinot Grigio.

Checking in and out was a breeze. When my Supershuttle was late, the concierge got on the phone with them and kept me informed. Another concierge helped me log onto my email so I could pick up and print out my required United Boarding Pass and check in online. This is an important amenity to check out at any hotel so you don’t waste time at the airport.

So there you have it, my friends. I gave Wyndham Garden five stars on TripAdvisor.com. A completely enjoyable experience. Considering I was about to go out and take care of serious career business, I didn’t want to have to worry about my hotel!

Next: My dinner with the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction folks and the SFWA Reception.

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Australia..

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

Is it my imagination or is NYC darker at night than it used to be? Some years ago, I went to have dinner with an editor at a restaurant around the corner from her Greenwich Village apartment. After, I walked back to her place with her and said good-bye. Her little side street was pitch-dark; I asked if I should step inside and call a cab. She said, “No, just walk two blocks that way to Park Avenue. A cab will drive by.” My adrenaline was rather high as I walked down the dark street but, sure enough, when I stepped onto Park Avenue, the street was lit almost as bright as day. And a cab sped by in less than thirty seconds and drove me to my uptown hotel.

I recently was in NYC for the Author-Editor Reception sponsored by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at the Manhattan Penthouse, 80 Fifth Avenue at 14th. The event was winding down by 10:30 p.m. After speaking with three magazine editors, three literary agents, two book editors, several editorial assistants, and a handful of writers, I decided I’d had enough. I love to walk and wanted to walk from there to my hotel, the Wyndham Garden Hotel on West 27th, a mere ten blocks.

I went to Sixth Avenue and trekked north but even though there was lots of traffic and a few cafes and shops were open, it was so damn dark, I could barely see the street signs even with my glasses on. (I’ve got nearly 20-20 vision unaided and mostly wear glasses to see distances at night.) Kind of scary!

So there you have it, my friends. Has NYC turned down the lights at night to save money or am I misremembering how bright the city used to be at night?

Next: my stay at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, my dinner with the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction folks, and the SFWA Reception.

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, India, Mexico, and Australia..

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

Your participation really matters.
Thank you for your readership!

Once I made the commitment to go to the SFWA Author-Editor Reception, I checked the California Auto Association website since they’ve got a travel booking service as a part of my membership. That worked reasonably well since the website rounds up all the airlines and their schedules. But I was better off going to the airlines’ own websites and making my own arrangements with them.

I checked Jet Blue, which departs out of the Oakland International Airport, but they only had one of those killer red-eye specials both going and returning. Since I was only going for two nights and a full day, and that full day included both a special dinner and the reception, I was disinclined to totally turn day and night upside down.

Next, I checked United, which is based at the San Francisco International Airport. Yes! They had ideal flights both going and returning. Done deal!

I dislike arriving at my destination after nightfall or in the early dawn. You have to think about these things going from the West coast to the East since New York is three hours ahead of California and the flight is nearly six hours. My flight east took off at 7 A.M. and landed at JFK at 4:00 P.M, which was 1 P.M. on my biological clock. Perfect. Even with the wild, excessively long SuperShuttle ride, I could make it to another special dinner that evening.

By joining United’s Frequent Flier program, you simply make your own arrangements on the airline’s website and choose your seats. At no extra charge, United qualified me for the “Pre” program at SFO and JFK. This enabled me to breeze through security via a special line without removing my jacket or shoes and providing a fingerprint. I simply slid my carry-on and handbag through the scanner, walked through the scanner wickets, and I was done.

Not all airports have the “Pre” program. You’ve got to check. Some require a fee, as well.

Within twenty-four hours before your flight departs, you should check in online, and United will email your required Boarding Pass. Simply print it out, and you’ll waste no precious time at the airport going to the airline’s kiosk to retrieve that necessary document.

Caveat: you need to check that your hotel has a computer and printer you can use to get your Boarding Pass for your return flight. Fortunately, the Wyndham Garden Chelsea did.

Flying across this great country is a spectacular event. Civilization clings to both the coasts, and then the landscape changes dramatically. Over the Great Plains, you see endless flatlands that look like an abstract painting—perfect squares of pale sage-green and buff occasionally overlaid with perfect circles of contrasting colors. I have no idea what those circles are or how people delineate them so perfectly. It’s fascinating to see the winding silver thread of a river or the sparkle of a lake. Invariably, civilization clings to these shorelines, as well. Flying over the forbidding Sierra Madre Mountains and the even more spectacular Rocky Mountains never fails to provoke my wonder at how the early pioneers ever crossed those barriers.

The seats on United are as comfortable as a jet airliner’s seats can be. With your seat, you get a private home theater in the form of a little touch-screen mounted on the back of the seat in front of you. On this splendid device, you can watch movies (there’s a selection of twenty plus earbuds), TV shows, or play games. My favorite feature of the touch-screen is a map of the USA showing where your plane is presently located and how much longer the flight will be. I was especially thrilled to watch us approach JFK and land. Very, very cool!

So there you have it, my friends. Even though SFO is farther away from my home than the Oakland Airport, the extra freeway miles are worth it if the plane departure and arrival times are right. I’ll definitely be “flying the friendly skies” again!

Next: my brief stay at Wyndham Garden, my dinner with the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction folks, and the SFWA Reception.

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel
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The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
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Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
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I googled “ground transportation” for JFK Airport. At the top of the search results was “SuperShuttle,” a nationwide company serving numerous airports, including JFK and the San Francisco Airport (SFO). They use a signature blue van with big white wings. How cool is that?

I called their number. The customer service rep was fantastic. She pulled up my United flights coming and going, including the precise times of my departures and arrivals. It turned out that SuperShuttle didn’t have service to SFO from my neighborhood in East Bay. So I had to reserve a private car through ExecuCar, which the SuperShuttle rep handled. This was quite expensive, but I didn’t have to stop at ten different locations to pick up more people. Since I was leaving SFO early in the morning, this turned out to be a good investment of time and money.

New York was a different story. SuperShuttle did have service to and from JFK and my hotel in midtown Manhattan. The reservation claims that no more than ten passengers will be booked per van, but that turned out not to be the case. My driver wound his way all around JFK, which is like a small city in and of itself, and picked up fifteen riders! This took a solid hour or more.

Then we encountered rush-hour traffic and lane closures due to road construction. When we finally got to Manhattan, we had to deal with hectic afternoon rush-hour traffic gridlocking the streets.

So, after a five and a half hour flight, I spent three and a half more hours riding around in the damn van.

I was so worried about making my departing flight to California two days later that I called SuperShuttle and arranged for a pickup an hour earlier. Then the driver was an hour late and once again picked up as many riders as he could jam in the van while negotiating the morning commute traffic.

Fortunately, since I’d scheduled in five hours of wait time, I got to my gate at JFK with no problem. But another rider in the van, who had been riding around a full hour before my pickup, arrived at her terminal thirty-five minutes before her departure. I can only hope she made her flight.

So there you have it, my friends. I won’t be booking ground transportation with SuperShuttle again. It’s very reasonably priced, if you’re on a budget, but for me just isn’t worth it. The flight between California and New York is punishing enough without piling a hellish van ride at both ends. ExecuCar was wonderful, and I’ll book with them again in San Francisco and book some other car service in New York. My hotel, the Wyndham Garden provides booking for ground transportation as part of their services. I’ll probably take advantage of that next time!

Next: my flights on United, my brief stay at Wyndham Garden, my dinner with the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction folks, and the SFWA Reception.

From the author of Summer Of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo.
Summer of Love, A Time Travel
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Gilded Age, A Time Travel on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Gilded Age, A Time Travel is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, “Fun and enjoyable urban fantasy,” on BarnesandNoble, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series,
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery) includes all four books. On Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
Celestial Girl, The Omnibus Edition (A Lily Modjeska Mystery)
is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

Strange Ladies: 7 Stories, five-star rated, “A fantastic collection,” on Nook, US Kindle, Canada Kindle, UK Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo, and Sony.
Strange Ladies: 7 Stories is also on Amazon.com in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and India.

My Charlotte: Patty’s Story on Barnes and Noble, US Kindle, UK Kindle, Canada Kindle, Australia Kindle, Smashwords, Apple, and Kobo;
My Charlotte: Patty’s Story is also on Amazon.com worldwide in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.

Visit me at Lisa Mason’s Official Website for books, ebooks, stories, and screenplays, reviews, interviews, and blogs, adorable pet pictures, forthcoming projects, fine art and bespoke jewelry by my husband Tom Robinson, worldwide links, and more!

And on Lisa Mason’s Blog, on my Facebook Author Page, on my Facebook Profile Page, on Amazon, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, at Smashwords, at Apple, at Kobo, at Sony, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

If you enjoy a title, please “Like” it, add five stars, write a review on the site where you bought it, Tweet it, blog it, post it,, and share the word with your family and friends.

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