eiderdown heaven with edna ferber (in book form) and a burst of evening birdsong

darlings

we felt a little under-the-weatherness creeping or rather Descending upon us.

many have been ill (around here and, we hear, in Other parts of the world) so we Knew it might arrive at teamgloria towers – actually, it hasn’t quite Yet – but that’s because, after our Very Early appointment across town this morning, we have spent the Rest Of The Day In Bed. eiderdownheaven

well.

*lookstocamera*

we did write the book about returning to the boudoir to rest…….after. all.

so we took our own advice (not Always a good concept but today, an excellent one).

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luckily we had Edna Ferber for company.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAonly in book form, although it might have been fun to let her have the other set of pillows as we both read into the afternoon, drowsing gently to BBC (*doffs_cap*) Radio 4 (rather good serial of Miss Austen’s earlier works around tea-time).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMs. Ferber had Such a good Attitude to life:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand there it IS that lovely phrase: “eiderdown heaven”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhow we long for a house with weekend guests and soaps that match the towels.

we used to have one (not a house but an apartment) – with four bedrooms if you can believe that – and a Terrace and dinner parties and – well – that’s for Another Time (or a novel, probably safest, darlings).  

SO

*said_brightly*

now that the sun has gone down (and a vast FULL MOON arisen in the night sky), we feel a lot better.

especially because a (Bright, no doubt) Young Thing said she picked up the book and felt better (after some tears which are to be expected if one is also on medical leave, as young Harriet was).

harrietmost amusing to find out that who-we-are-in-RL knows her boss (the Editor in Chief and terribly smart Lady of a slightly Saucy magazine for young women) who hasn’t (until now) read the book herself.

*lookstocamera*

but is going to do so now.

and has said so publicly. Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 8.24.57 PMthat’s great.

wonder how many books have been bought by lovely people and Taken Home to be enjoyed in the quiet surroundings of their own boudoir?

sightingduomomilanoa copy was spotted at the Duomo in Milan courtesy of the Very Chic Elisabetta Ferrari (yes, the one that writes for Vogue Italia)

sightingfreebirdbureauthe book took a nap after arriving in Hamburg and met a kitten at Freebird Bureau

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while catching a few california rays, closer to home (thanks to Kate for this one!)sightingKoreanAir

it needed all those cat naps because it had also taken a Very Long (14 hours?) flight from Washington to KOREA (the Southern part) with our good friend Seoul Flaneur sightinglanie

and here it is with Lanie Denslow’s own book (which is a highly recommended read if you are in International Business and we know that many of you Are these days).

yesterday was also a lovely day – and a very long one – and coincidentally – involved an actual In Person Breakfast with the aforementioned kind Ms. Denslow herself. 

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the sky was an incredibly uplifting sight.

we had breakfast at a Quirky HotelOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe then decided to take a walk (always frowned upon by uniformed Officials in Los Angeles but we throw caution to the wind as you know)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbecause it’s virtually impossible to take photographs of roses by the kerbside from a speeding (not that fast but sometimes tis true) car.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor interesting Scaffolding and posters and nice vehicles unless one is walking and Looking (the looking bit is extremely vital) OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAso there you have it.

well, there was another bit that we can’t really talk about but it was a Chance encounter with someone of very advanced age who also, like us, grew up in another Land, and happened to be downtown yesterday and after we had waited (in the shade) for a little vegetarian rice bowl (jolly good) at the Thai food trucks by the Department of Water and Power (a nicer setting than one might expect) we sat and ate our lunch with him and Listened because sometimes that’s the nicest thing to do on a sunny afternoon in downtown los angeles.

do you know the other nicest thing to do on an early evening-time-in-southern-california during mid-March?

listen to birdsong.

and, due to the magic of digital devices and uploading and inter-titles and a bit of shaky camerawork – you Can Too.

oh you’re Most welcome!

#howtostaysaneinacrazyworld hanging from a Chandelier somewhere in the glittering canyons of manhattan.

darlings

our lovely friend Donna sent us a Sighting of the book swinging from a Chandelier!

BuyMyClosetsightingisn’t that glorious?

and to make it Even more delicious – there’s a Video Too!

yes.

*lookstocamera4*

we Do have really g l a m o r o u s  friends.

*sighs_happily*

more sightings please!

 

 

proper stationery shops in venice, the 1st video review from san francisco and a Sighting at The Essex Street Pleasure Gardens of #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld

oh, darlings, look!

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a Sighting of the book at William’s house in Whitstable!IMG_4907

we’re ever so excited because the book was Hoping to see the newly dug and laid out The Essex Street Pleasure Gardens (therein).

doesn’t it look at Home?

talking of at home – an elegant home is never without a goodly supply of chic stationery.

and we just happened to have written about such a place…….today, in fact. 

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as you know who-we-are-in-RL goes to some very chic dinner parties – including This one with the British Government Minister.

which is where we met Kattie Kotok in fact (take another look at the picture – bottom right – lovely flame orange cashmere scarf).

we nudged who-we-are-in-RL at the dinner party and said, “There’s someone you must interview for Los Angeles, I’m Yours, Where Shall We Meet column!”

and so she did.

isn’t that delicious?

talking of writing – who-we-are-in-RL had a piece published in SimplyWoman.com today – very nice – especially now we’re on the Other side of burnout.

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well that’s lovely.

but not Quite as lovely as the The Essex Street Pleasure Gardens.

and that woman in pearls waving (who is that?)

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more sightings please!

we hear that Copies are En Route to South Africa, New Zealand and France!

isn’t this all jolly exciting?

thanks to William for Today’s Sighting.

glorious.

before you dash off – here’s Mr. Lanier Smith in San Francisco doing our first Video review (hope you can see this outside the USA too?)

we are feeling deeply international.

*smiles_to_camera_4*

ciao.

your book is a bonbon….and other delicious things people are saying about #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld

oh darlings

look at what the lovely Ms Vickie Lester said about the book!

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and there was a 1st Sighting in Whitstable which was Very Exciting.

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we are hoping for a weekend sighting at the essex pleasure gardens on the newly laid patio and shall report back.

AND there was an Electronic Sighting in BERLIN! Thanks ever so much to Ms. Beautycalypse for her kindness.

berlinbeautycalypsecan you see the original postcard on this Deeply Creative desk at the Atelier of the divinely talented photographer Mr. Martyn Thompson?

and here are two quotes from other wonderful Readers (and we didn’t ask permission to quote from Private Emails so they’re remaining behind the large cloak and Venetian masks….unless they’re reading this and would Like to be Named, which would be utterly delicious).

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isn’t this FUN?!

we think so.

*vast_smile_to_camera_1*

thank you ever so much for sharing the joy.

 

 

a ferris wheel, screenwriter heaven and #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld sightings!

darlings

we’re awfully late to accompany who-we-are-in-RL on her work day so here’s just a few snapshots from yesterday!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAspring had arrived in santa monica (although this is the land that summer never leaves so it’s sort of a moot point – but the flowers were Very Pretty).

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en route to the FERRIS WHEEL!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

yes, of course, we rode it!

this is the View from the top overlooking Santa Monica Pier. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

we stayed near the ocean until it got late (to avoid the traffic).

in other news….there have been Many Sightings of How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World which is Terribly Exciting!

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HURRAH! first British Sighting!

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and we’ve already had Lovely Notes from Portugal saying “It’s a little gem!” (thank you, dad ;-)

while Friends in Manhattan sent very kind texts saying “I adore it!” (don’t you love those three little words?)

what else can we tell you?

oh yes!

after a gorgeous afternoon-into the evening we went to Screenwriter Heaven to hear Lindsay Doran speak at the Writers Guild about movies and story and magic.

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the author returns home a little wan and ready for something on a tray.

hello darlings

Author Here.

*giggling*

we made a little movie.

will you Indulge us?

did you like it?

it took HOURS (so deceptive, just sixty seconds of actual completed footage, you have No Idea – or maybe you’re as obsessive compulsive about your Tasks too and so you Do).

yesterday was an Overwhelmingly good experience.

thank goodness there were all the attributes that we need in order to feel balanced again.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAa chandelier.

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actually several.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAlook at the DATE….. *shivers*

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a nice english porcelain tea service.
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we had a lovely day of driving to Century City and interviewing someone special for a Where Shall We Meet (here’s this week’s one before we Forget) then getting back-into-the-perfectly-prius to drive all the way Downtown to wait (at the Biltmore, above) until a parcel we needed to pick up was Prepared (it’s all to do with something exciting that who-we-are-in-RL is writing for ELLE China if you can imagine That) and then back-into-the-car again (this being Los Angeles) and stopping at the Grove to admire the Twinkle lights…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand wait for our good friend Richard…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAvery near the Fountain

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and then *blushing_furiously* go inside Barnes & Noble to visit the lovely freshly launched book.

by that time we were Rather Exhausted and so, like the Master, Mr. Noel Coward, we drove (again) home for something on a Tray.



Something on a Tray

by Noël Coward

Advancing years may bring about
A rather sweet nostalgia
In spite of rheumatism and gout
And, certainly, neuralgia.
And so, when we have churned our way
Through luncheon and a matinée,
We gratefully to bed retire
To rest our aching, creaking vertebrae
And have a little something on a tray.

Some ageing ladies with a groan
Renounce all beauty lotions,
They dab their brows with eau-de-Cologne
And turn to their devotions,
We face the process of decay
Attired in a négligé
And with hot bottles at our toes
We cosily in bed repose
Enjoying, in a rather languid way,
A little ‘eggy’ something on a tray.

Advancing years that many dread
Still have their compensations,
We turn when youth and passion have fled
To more sedate sensations,
And when we’ve fought our weary way
Through some exhausting social day
We thankfully to bed retire
With pleasant book and crackling fire
And, like Salome in a bygone day,
Enjoy a little something on a tray.

When weary from the fray
Something on a tray
Sends weariness away,
Something on a tray,
Thank God, thank God we say,
For something on a tray.

it’s Rather fun being an Author.

we highly recommend it, darlings.

it’s here! Publication Date: #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld

oh, darlings

we cannot stop smiling.

14a06aa898ab11e39b8f0ebc2702080c_8we smiled up at the sky while taking a small constitutional around the quiet early morning streets of los angeles after the morning coffee, saying hello to the small dogs on leash/lead/ribbon (it happens here) also taking their walks (with their owners whose names we always forget which is terrible but oh-so-English to recall the what the canine is called)

and we’ll be smiling All Day.

isn’t life delicious?

*winningsmiletocamera3*

 

 

look who we brought back from our road trip down south.

darlings

we’ve returned!

after the Overwhelming Experience of our first Radio interview as an Author (such a vulnerable and yet Rewarding but slightly – “gosh, it’s r  e  a  l” feeling) we went to accompany who-we-are-in-RL as she had a consultancy gig down south.

we asked if we could take all day to meander home and she said yes.

because we needed the wind in our hair and salty air and several hours wandering around an 18th century Mission and koi carp ponds and a Pier out to sea and stopping at all the smaller beach towns to close one’s eyes and dream a little while.

810a53e28ac911e391bc0e019d0dbbfa_8this was Hermosa Beach (which, you may recall, who-we-are-in-RL wrote about when she had lunch with Mr. Keanu Reeves’ fabulous Attorney Ms. Melanie Cook who has a house in hermosa)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbefore that, we stopped in at the Mission where the swallows return each year, to light a candle and sit in contemplation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthrowing a small coin in the wishing well beneath the bubbling fountain by the old Mission Bells.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAenjoy the sinuous sensuous silkyness of the Koi in the courtyard.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhile capturing a few of the blooms for memory’s sake (and yours, in case your roses are under snow in your part of the world and we know many of you are *sympathetic_look*)

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the beach towns are lovely in January (we don’t mean to be “rubbing it in” as the Brits say which sounds painful) – just in the spirit of sharing our good fortune and sunlight and sand you see..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

some of the local residents even found it possible to take their constitutional without a pashmina (we did not).
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if you’re in the area of Hermosa Beach and in need of more pink depression glass for your collection, do ask Bonnie Moton, proprietor of Stars Antique Market, as she has many stall holders with lots of pretty pieces.

Stars Antique Market
526 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA
(tel) 310 318 2800

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAincluding pearl-fastened gloves. *swoons*

talking of things-that-make-us-swoon…….

*bites_lip*

no, not that.

*giggles*

did we Happen to mention that we stopped by our Publishers’ California HQ (as opposed to the Editorial HQ in Manhattan where they keep the Editors)?

and, well…..

here’s who we brought home.

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close-up?

of course.

anything for You.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAit doesn’t actually come with a lilac ribbon (although we do recommend one if you are purchasing any in the next few days, in readiness for your own Copy to come and live at Your house) but, as you know, we have a Lot of that sort of embellishment at teamgloria towers.

isn’t she beautiful?

*smiles_indulgently*

e x h a l e.

it’s over. it’s here. it’s real. it’s EXACTLY the sort of book that we searched-and-searched-and-searched for when you-know-what-happened and so it feels GLORIOUS that it’s now here – and amusing and delicious that we ended up writing it.

we do hope it’s helpful.

and, well, a lovely addition to the world.

because we need more of those.

*winktocamera4*

have a beautiful saturday, darlings!

 

 

 

How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World (the book promo!)

darlings

we DID IT!

funny enough, we had Another idea (before this one of a simple slideshow with some cute inter-titles like in the silent movie days) and we went to visit our friend “Dub” Williams and had a “script meeting”; which was very nice because he has such an interesting Take on things (as well as an incredible View).

IMG_8771this is one of Dub’s latest piece of artwork – isn’t it splendid? limited edition prints are available via the interweb (so modern!)

do you recall our prior creative engagement with Mr. Dub?

wasn’t that a fun evening?

which is sort of why we asked him if he could help with the Prep for our Promo this afternoon.

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so we sat and talked a while and Dub drew and we actually did some filming of him drawing and it was fun but it wasn’t quite working when we came to review the footage.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and yet what Helped the most was talking through Everything and generally feeling heard and seen as a Creative Person. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

while smiling a Lot at the postcard on Dub’s drawing board.
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yup.

this is the view from Dub’s pad. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

creative people live here, you can tell. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and he was hard at work when we left.

to come home and edit.

and VOILA!

we’re so pleased.

oh!

do you really like it?

really?

would you – *gulps* – feel like sharing it on your own site (or a friend’s place if you’re still waiting to get a room of your own)

(if you need help sharing the link, feel free to ask in the comments below – we love to be helpful).

it’s also available on Vimeo:

and now we wait.

because apparently the “first bound” books will be arriving *gasps* by the end of this month and we are Faint with Anticipation.

you’ve been so kind to stay with us this long.

we do appreciate it.

truly.

*wistfulsmiletocamera4*

tales of scary movies, an homage to #LALaw and the 1st extract of #HowToStaySaneInACrazyWorld

well, darlings

who-we-are-in-RL has been Very busy.

lots of consulting *shhhh* – no details available there, we’re sorry to say.

but she did whip up a very nice EXTRACT for How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World as the pages came winging their way from manhattan via a hi-speed telecommunications line (or was it 802.11ac?)

and worked as a Production Notes Writer for a HORROR movie (if you’re squeamish, do NOT, repeat, do NOT watch the trailer – and we suspect you’re deeply sensitive souls so best avoid any scariness).

which one?

oh – well – the one that was directed by Eli Roth (he was in that movie with Mr. Pitt) and just did splendidly at Toronto, as described by our friends at The Hollywood Reporter

what’s that?

gosh, no. Production Notes Writers don’t get IMDB credits. But it was ever so much fun (even if we did watch the footage with our hands over our eyes).

what else?

*thinks*

well.

we had lunch with Mr. Keanu Reeves’ lady-lawyer – Melanie Cook – a deeply impressive individual (and such a delicious luncheon companion) and Wrote about It (because she said we could).

also just delivered the 1st Draft of a story about the Future for a magazine – more on That when we’re allowed to tell you about it.

and that’s about it.

we think.

now you must excuse us – we need to go and *sigh* gently over our 1st extract of the BOOK and then head to Mr. Fedex who has a parcel for us apparently (most exciting).

hint: you don’t need to put your reading glasses on to see the words if you click on the picture as you’ll get a bigger version then.

you’re welcome, darlings.

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