Sandi Ault with husband Tracy
I went to the New Mexico Book Awards last Friday, carpooling to Albuquerque with mystery writer Sandi Ault (http://www.sandiault.com/) and her husband Tracy, who had driven down from Colorado. At our banquet table, the dinner conversation consensus was that for mystery-thriller writers, the most prestigious conference is the Edgars (http://www.theedgars.com/), followed by International Thriller Writers (http://thrillerwriters.org/), then the fan-filled Bouchercon (http://www.bouchercon.info/) and Left Coast Crime (http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/). All run awards competitions. At the NM Book Awards, winners included Melanie Sumner for her superbly crafted “The Ghost of Milagro Creek” and Mike Orenduff for his humorous mystery “The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras.” Ault was up against Orenduff for best mystery/suspense novel for her engrossing “Wild Penance,” so I bet that was a tough category to judge.
In Santa Fe’s restaurant world: recently shuttered are The Pink Adobe, Railyard Restaurant, A La Mesa, and Café Paris. Also closing: upscale clothing/interiors store Simply Santa Fe. On a happier note, talented chef Joseph Wrede, formerly of Joseph’s Table, has joined the Edelweiss Lodge in Taos Ski Valley.
Above: My mustang Ryo in Tesuque, NM. Our barn owner in Malibu described him as Ghandi-esque because Ryo didn't fight for the best feed bin like the other horses. When Ryo died in Tesuque, I turned on my car radio to hear John Lennon singing "Imagine"... that was Ryo "living life in peace."
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