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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHURRAH!!

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*

1st peek at the Book Cover #HowToStaySaneInACrazyWorld

darlings

look what arrived today via the magic of email!

HowToStaySaneInACrazyWorldlo-reswe are faint with happiness as you might imagine.

the “format” as they say in the business is 6 x 7 inches (what *is* that in old money? – bijou! that’s what it is – bijou and no mistake.)

this, of course, is perfect for a nightstand.

one of those nightstands that’s a Philippe Starck stool in (the now discontinued shade of sky blue or) heavy cream with a deeply ornate lamp and some exquisite pen and pad of paper from a far-off foreign and mysterious hotel.

yes.

like the ones at our house.

or yours.

do you have a nice nightstand that might benefit from a 6 x 7 inch book?

oh good.

it’s out on Valentine’s Day 2014.

*swoons*

gosh – today’s deals from publishers marketplace.

darlings

it’s 4.07AM in Los Angeles and we’re waiting for the taxi-cab to arrive as we’re booked onto the early morning flight to the Other Coast.

so exciting.

as is This just in from our Literary Agent (such a lovely phrase) from the Trades.

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gosh.

we’re going to smile all the way across the USA to Manhattan.

see you on the Other side (of the country, not the veil of life, darlings)

most Excited.

about, well, everything.