If you watch my website, you may have noticed that the photo at the top of each page has changed. That's because right now is the peak time for cherry blossoms in Washington, DC and I took a morning to photograph the beautiful trees around the Tidal Basin.
The history of the trees dates back to 1885, when a local resident, who had admired the Sakura trees in Japan, proposed to the US Army Superintendent of the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds that those same flowering trees be planted along the Potomac waterfront.
It took many requests, almost three decades, and finally a letter to Mrs. Taft herself, before the project finally came to fruition with the City of Tokyo donating an additional 2,000 trees in a gesture of friendship. You can read the full history at the National Park Service website.
OPORD and IMINT for Operation CHERRY BLOSSOM follows...
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend two seminars presented by Bob Mayer thanks to the amazing coordinators at Washington Romance Writers. If you’re a romance reader, you may recall his name from the collaborations he has written with Jennifer Crusie, such as Agnes and the Hitman or Wild Ride. If you’re not a romance reader, you may know Mayer’s other books in his Atlantis or Green Beret series. And if you still don’t recognize his name, well, clearly you need to read more!
Mayer is a West Point graduate, a former Special Forces officer, an author, a consultant, and an all-around smart guy.
Write It Forward was his seminar on the first day, focusing on you as a writer and the “business of being an author.” I wrote that phrase specifically in my book, so I’m guessing Mayer actually said it and should be quoted for it. I have four pages of notes from this day and I won’t try to paraphrase everything he covered.
The major take-away from this presentation for me was knowledge.