Atlas Obscura always throws a lovely party, but my justification for going was research: one of the characters in The Girl From Everywhere is a rather charming thief, and as the saying goes, it takes a thief to catch a thief. (Translated for writers, it’s something more like “It takes a bit of devious character study to write a thief,” but I’m certain you know what I mean.)
It was a fabulous event of course, with music and refreshment and quite a few very snappy dressers, but the main draw for me was the fact that we were all promised to be taught how to pick a lock.
Schuyler Towne, one of the world’s best lock pickers, gave us the basics–and they are surprisingly basic!–but the real treat was the array of locks and the set of lock picks we were all given.
My husband Bret turned out to be the better lock-picker, but we sat together on the steps of the library, working our picks until I got the hang of it.
I managed to pick three locks, and now I’m thinking if this whole writing thing doesn’t work out, I have a fall-back career.