Monday, April 19, 2010

Chatham Bars Inn/My friend Maggie's house

I need more interesting blog titles. It's like, I'll write a blog about chicken and then I'll just title the blog: chicken. Boring. ANYWAY, this weekend I finished a draft of the Infinite Days sequel. I pretended I was someone fancy (I heard JK Rowling did this for Harry Potter) and went to a hotel to finish the sequel. I literally sat in the hotel for 12+ hours and banged it out. Literally. I banged on the keys of my laptop so hard that one of the buttons flew off and slid under the bed. No lie. For real - it was the P.

So, because I think everyone is interested in what I am interested in, I thought I would include some pictures of the hotel because it was so freakin' gorgeous and they upgraded me to an ocean view.

Here are some pics:







Nice view, right? There was a Nespresso machine so all I did all day/night was drink coffee, eat and look at that view. Then I would bang around on my computer for a while and read scenes out loud, frightening the people in the room next door.

After I came back from the Cape I went to see my amazing writers group and we shacked up for the Sunday at my friend Maggie's house. She purchased the house not long ago and when she went to check out the backyard for the first time this is what she discovered!!!!





So if I uploaded these right it should look like one panoramic photograph. Make sure you click on the pictures and try to zoom - the mural is really detailed. It was also really inspiring. After all, I live near the beach, why not troll the shore for some shells?

In terms of book news, I'm waiting IMPATIENTLY for book blurbs. I'm also waiting IMPATIENTLY to start working with VLC Photo on my book trailer. Producer, Vania, is so professional and passionate that I know it's going to work out great. But she is making me EXCITED ABOUT IT and I wanted to get started like YESTERDAY. Sorry, I shouldn't yell. I'm really more squealing than yelling - it's just I'm so excited. What am I talking about? I don't squeal. Echem... moving on. Vania did the book trailer for Beautiful Creatures. You can see it below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrVl6pq1gNE

This past week, I met my UK book photographer. Well, I didn't meet her in person, we e-met. I went to her site and I could not be more pleased MacMillan UK queried her for some photographs. Her name is Elizabeth May and she's got a real vision and I hope to work with her again. Check out her site. There's a side by side of the Infinite Days final book cover and the original picture she submitted for the book cover. As I said in my last post, it's pretty amazing how close that model looks to how I imagine Lenah. The model's name is Renae and I find her beauty really powerful and her on-camera presence striking. Very Lenah-like.

Gosh, I cannot WAIT for you to read the book!

Here's Elizabeth's blog.

http://elizabethmayphoto.blogspot.com/

Have a great evening!

6 comments:

Elizabeth May said...

Woot! I wanna read it...no fair the States gets it first. Bollocks!

But that hotel view is pretty impressive. I can see how it would be inspiring enough to write that long. And that MURAL! Wahwahwah, my photo senses are tingling. I want to put a model with a giant poofy dress in front of it.

WordCountMaximum said...

I am sending you the US version when I get a galley!! It won't have your cover but at least you can read it!

Elizabeth May said...

Agh, you are way too awesome. I would love it! I was wondering: if we meet up in London next month, would you like a print of the original photograph that's on the UK cover? I'd be happy to bring it for you! Or I can send it somewhere, as well.

WordCountMaximum said...

I would love one! It would mean so much to me. I can put it up in my writing room. You can wait until London so you don't have to pay for shipping. I'm really looking forward to my trip. I'll e-mail you when I get the hotel name, etc. I've been craving Crunchie bars. We can't get them here in the states.

Elizabeth May said...

Yay! Then I will certainly bring it along with me.
Also, coincidence! I am currently consuming a Crunchie bar. For lunch. I'm officially terrible.

Reverie said...

SQUEEE!! how did I miss this? hahahahah Awwwww Well.... here. we. gooooooooooo!

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