The art appraisal firm I work for, Signet Art, attended an art appraisal seminar in Alameda, CA the last week of August.  It was an informative and fun event with great speakers.  You can see a full recap on our company blog.

After the seminar the Signet Art team, with our spouses in tow, drove up to San Francisco for the weekend.  It was a blast.  My wife and I had never been to San Francisco, so we enjoyed the city and put in miles of walking; everything from Pier 39, going up and down Market street perusing the vendors, to Chinatown and drinks above the city in Top of the Mark.

The last day of our trip we drove up to Tiburon for dinner with Elizabeth Kracht, literary agent at large at Kimberley Cameron and Associates.  It is a beautiful city.  Liz is all-around great and my wife and I had a fantastic time. We had dinner on the water and enjoyed good wine and good conversation.  It was a real treat to hang with Elizabeth and talk about my novel.  She has the full manuscript and was able to give me her thoughts on the story.  A Great Blue Heron showed up and even caught a few fish.

On another note, I finished the short story I was working on, Pearly Whites, and sent it out to a handful of beta readers.  After their comments and some editing, I submitted the story to a few short story contests.  Fingers crossed that it will get picked up.  It turned out to be a whimsical little tale at about 4,500 words.  

Thanks for reading.

Stay alive,
-M.P. Callender