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I just started building this blog site, so there are no bells and whitles yet, but I want to start it off talking about one of my favorite writer’s conferences in the entire universe. That would be the Mayhem in the Midlands sponsored by the Omaha Public Library.

My wife, Karen, and I celebrated our wedding anniveraries (you’re free to ask) with the help of the great people at Mayhem in the Midlands. Two years ago, at the 2008 Mayhem I propsed to my lovely bride and she accepted, so we now celebrate our wedding anniversaries by attending Mayhem. Could there be a better place to celebrate?

As uaual, Mayhem gets better every year. I attended nearly all the panel hours (unfortunately, you miss two for every one you attend), including being on one panel, and moderating another. They were all very informative with timely and useful information.

The Saturday night Mystery Dinner Theater–well, that’s about the greatest fun you can have with your boots on. It was fabulous, with a new script written by the people who run the Fremont Dinner Train. We had the best actress at our table, “Carole Lombard!” Manya did a wonderful job getting us an anniversary cake to share with the other attendees. We’re going to miss Manya, terribly.

The auctions are also fun, and I hope the auctions (live and silent) raised a lot of money for the Children’s Library. All writers need to support Children’s programs since the children grow up to be readers of (maybe) our books. But, if not our books, a future generation of authors struggling to make a living. What goes around, comes around, people!

Funny how you sow and reap–as all of us Nebraska folks have learned over the years.

Mayhem in the Midlands 2011 will be May 26 – 28. We’ve already signed up. Hope to see all of you, no matter where you fall in the world of the written word – You are all welcome there!

(Pease excuse any typos, because the typing window is so small and my seventy-year-old eyes can’t see so well no more.)

Jim Overturf

Kurt Maxxon

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