Thursday, September 26, 2013

News Week - 09/23/13

News week time!

  -My agent Jessica Regel has joined the awesome Foundry Literary and Media team! Check out her page if you are interested in querying her!

  -CLAN is due in a month and a half! A counter has been added to the blog. Proof is done and the final check is in progress. Next up it's formatting and then... it's out!!! Around October, you'll see more CLAN posts. 

  -I'm back from England. The blog post is here if you haven't seen it. I got to do some research for my second book. I hope to share more news about it in a few months!

Stay tuned for more CLAN updates!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Trip - England 2013

During Labor Day week, Joey and I went to England to visit his cousin Necole, who had her graduating art show. (I blogged about it earlier--be sure to check out her neat art!

I've always wanted to go to England. I'm a fan of many things from England: Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, the Victorian era, and all the mythology. And I like tea. A lot. As it so happens, my second book is set in England, so it was a chance to do some research. I'll hopefully be able to share some news about this book soon. I've taken a ton of photos during this trip, but I won't be posting 'em yet... I want to show you the places in more detail later! 

In the meantime... here are a few snippets!


Northern Wales:

Bath--Jane Austen town:

 Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker Street:

Tower of London--got to see the Crown Jewels--sparkly glory:

Some artsy shots:

Stay tuned for more pics and details later! 


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Necole's Art Show

I'm back from England! (More details on the trip will be posted tomorrow!) While I was there, I went to my future cousin-in-law Necole Schmitz's art show--her final piece for her graduation from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Her piece is titled I'm Looking Into You Like a Forest. You can see an informative article on the piece here.

From the outside, her work looks like a huge stack of hay in the middle of the city. 

When you go around, you'll see an opening.

When you walk in, you'll see tons of earthenware ornaments (handmade by Necole) hung up in the room, all representing different aspects of Necole's memories. Above, there is a skylight. Necole built the entire structure, gathering hay and wood from the English countryside. 

Here's Necole!

For the performance, music played on an old record player and people started dancing with strangers until the whole room became lively.

The party went on until the wee hours of the night.

The haybail was like a portal into a surreal world full of nostalgia, the smell of hay, summer, and nature.

I hope you enjoyed the photos of her show!