Monday, October 29, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

the unchained tour - the heart shaped one

It's amazing that I ever had time to take photos on tour. Most are while walking from one point to another or from hanging out the bus window. I must have slept 4-5 hours a night on average; and yet, I couldn't manage to go to bed early because I loved the company I was keeping. By day, we made plans, miles, workshopped stories, and had mini-adventures. By night, it was showtime, meeting strangers, and passing a bottle of wine around as we headed to the next city or hotel or a wildlife habitat(!) to slumber. The days were golden and I can not wait to board that bus again in December. Check out the rest of the photos here.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

new york times AND oxford american

This past Heart-Shaped Tour for Unchained was the most successful but also covered in the largest sense, which is perfectly pleasing for me as Publicity Director.

Read Joan Juliet Buck's piece for New York Times here.

And, read Hillary Brenhouse's account of life on the bus for Oxford American here.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

san francisco

When I first drove over the Bay Bridge from Oakland toward San Francisco, I felt more wonder than I've felt anywhere I've ever been. There's the rugged coastline, the bridges, the fog, and the cityscape. In fact, when I drive from wine country to Big Sur I took the long way just so I could drive through San Francisco again. I was able to manage three ah!-there-she-is moments. While actually within the city, I stayed in North Beach, which is the Italian hood. I ate far too many cannoli's and could see City Lights Bookstore from my hotel room. The people were kind and I talked to more strangers than I had in awhile, a funny observation for a Southern girl. What it comes down to is that I enjoy my company more than ever, I'd designed beautiful days, and I was loving all the details of a city and region that spoke to my interests. I find this all telling to the fact I'm going to spend some time in the Bay Area one day. Till then...

monterey aquarium

hubba hubba


Just a few snaps from Carmel by the Sea, a quaint village and the nearest grocery store before Big Sur. 

big sur

I spent some time in paradise writing as the ultimate gift to myself. Big Sur is the most beautiful place I've found in America and I ache for the waft of evergreens and redwoods with every breeze. I holed up in a cabin here with one batch of red beans and rice, a french press and coffee, and a few bottles of red wine. I wrote an ending to my novel but it needs reworking, of course, and I outlined a new story that takes place during the Civil War. I'm hopelessly bound back into the past; it's just my thing.