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It is amazing what a good night's sleep can do, right?

I was groggy all day yesterday, and never felt like I ever actually woke up. After dinner last night Paul went upstairs to get his stuff ready for today and I sat down in my easy chair and dozed off with my phone in hand--never even turning the television on, which is very bizarre for me. I eventually woke up for a bit, took my pills, and went to bed before eleven, and slept all the way through till this morning. Today I feel rested and relaxed, which is quite lovely, actually. My sinuses are still acting quite weird, but I can hang with that.

And it's almost the weekend. Woo-hoo!

AND the Olympics start on Friday.

I do love me some Olympics.

On Saturday I am doing a thing at the West Jefferson Parish Library, which is free and open to the public:

A dozen local mystery writers will discuss the mystery genre as well as their own books at the second annual Jefferson Parish Library Mystery Writers / Readers Festival beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The theme is “What’s So Mysterious About New Orleans?” The fest focuses on the concept of New Orleans as a setting for mysteries and what makes the city an integral part of the story.

The festival is intended not just for mystery writers but for readers as well. One goal of the event is to bring readers and writers together for a discussion about mysteries set in New Orleans.

This event is free and open to the public. Here's the schedule:

9:30 a.m.: The opening presentation features Harriett Swift, “New Orleans and the Detective Novel, Why So Few?”

Swift’s premise is that while New Orleans is a classic setting for numerous works of literature and several highly regarded mystery writers live here, the city is not used frequently as a mystery setting.

10:30 a.m.: "New Orleans as a Mystery Character" features authors Colleen Mooney, Laura Cayouette, Kent Westmoreland and Alexandrea Weis, with moderator R. Jean Reid. Panelists discuss how they create plot, dialogue and characters using the city’s vibrant culture as a resource.

Noon: "New Orleans Authors Writing about Other Places" brings authors Barbara Colley, Carl Baker, Bill Loehfelm and Steve Patrick together with moderator Greg Herren. The panelists discuss how New Orleans’ culture influences the way they create their stories that are set in other locations and in other time settings.

1:30 p.m.: Michael Allen Zell moderates a master class titled "Take a Walk in a Wild City: New Orleans as Character?"

Zell starts this seminar with the premise that New Orleans is more an unyielding crime city with a drinking problem than a quaint drinking city with a crime problem. He’ll discuss the one thing a mystery writer must have in his or her novel: a crime, and why New Orleans will never fail on that scale. Zell also will teach how to compete with daily headlines and why New Orleans is one of the best cities in the world for setting.

Pretty cool!

And now back to the spice mines. Here's an Olympic swimmer.

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