Thursday, August 15, 2013

Picture Day!

The Saint Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

Today I'm going to post a big hodge-podge of photos, book covers, and garden shots. Here we go!

1. First up, my son had an amazing experience in New Orleans for his community service camp. They helped with ecological restoration projects, as well as school restoration projects. He had a blast. Here are some highlights from his trip...

Oak Alley Plantation

View of bayou from airboat tour

My son LOVED the food!

New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden

Welcome to the bayou!

2. Penny Plots!

Thanks to Samantha Wayland's tutorial, I am now a plotter!

BEFORE (note new marker selection)


I'll see your markers, and raise you GLITTER STICKERS! 

I spiffed up my plotting chart with Nat's sticker collection.

I must admit, this new organized me is enjoying "the chart." And the old me is enjoying the goofy stickers. And my WIP is coming along nicely. Recent comments from beta readers include...

"Christ on a crutch. I love this. LOVE IT."

"Laughing my *#%^$ ass off."

"Motherf*cking is one word."

"These are wonderfully drawn characters."

"You have god-dammit, god-damn, god damn it, goddamn, god-damned. If you're going to make us all look bad by pounding out a really remarkably fantastic book like this, the least you could do is get your $*%#* swears right."

At this point if all of the profanities were removed from the WIP, it would probably be about 50% shorter. 


3. Flower Power

Nat picking flowers at the organic farm. Fun!

Pink morning glories are back!

My hydrangea "tree" is doing great. It's a hydrangea grafted onto a tree trunk.

4. Coming Soon!

Coming Fall 2013...FAIR PLAY by Samantha Wayland! I'm super excited for critique partner Sam to jump into the self-publishing world for the first time. This is her sexy ice hockey series. I will post blurb, excerpt, purchase link, and give-away info soon. Yipppeeeeee!

Victoria Morgan's second novel will be out in December. THE HEART OF A DUKE is available for pre-order at Amazon. Here are some great quotes...

"A warm and touching love story. This couple will steal your heart!" -- Caroline Linden

"A touch of mystery and tender passion combine for a classic Regency read." --  Maggie Robinson

Another winner by Vicki. Woo hoo! (By the way, guess who came up with that totally fantastic title? Yep. PENELOPE! *takes a bow*)

That's it for my hodge-podge. Hope you all have fun weekend plans--make the most of summer's end!

Love yinz,


Heidenkind said...

Do the stickers mean something?

Julia Barrett said...

Love it! But no, you won't find me plotting. That chart of yours? It's in my brain.
Nice pics of New Orleans! Did he have fun?
And did I say Christ on a crutch?

Tales of Whimsy said...

That was fun! I hope you make this a feature.

Tales of Whimsy said...

I need a bayou trip.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures, Penny. I love New Orleans. What a fun place!

The chart is awesome. Stickers make it even awesomer-er.

Penny Watson said...

Hey Tasha! STICKERS? They just mean I have more STYLE than a regular old plotter (cough cough, Sam) who merely uses markers. I like to jazz stuff up...sparkly nail polish, rings on every finger, SPARKLY STICKERS ON MY PLOTTING CHART. #GLITTERPOWER

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julia! Your brain is more powerful than mine. Sam said Christ on a crutch, but I think you have, too. That seems to be a favorite cuss expression of my pals!

Penny Watson said...

Julia...Yes, Cristian had a GREAT time in New Orleans. Wonderful camp experience, and a festive time in the city.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju! Good idea! Cristian's bayou photos were gorgeous...spanish moss dripping in all the trees, alligators everywhere. Very cool!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Jessi! Thanks! I am very lucky that my 10-yr old daughter has a superb sticker collection!

Samantha Wayland said...

Honestly, I think the stickers really make the chart. :) I might have to steal that idea from you.

{Sam goes on internet to find naughty stickers...]

Unknown said...

Great Photos Penny particularly of Christians trip ad the plot board Julian Stockwin does that too and he's a best seller......

I liked the Heart of Duke ione too but not the other one as that just reminded me of when I had abs like that mean, just mean


Penny Watson said...

Sam--HA! I'll bet you can find some very appropriate stickers for your charts. (MY EYES! MY EYES! THEY'RE BURNING!)

Penny Watson said...

Tom...your abs are perfect just the way they are!