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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Idylls are the Thing

It's not that I haven't been taking photos, but I couldn't resist posting another shot by a guest photographer: my husband, John Sandel. I wish I were tall enough to photograph such a view; luckily, John is.

While you're here today, please vote for your favorite photo from this week's entries in the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. The poll is at the upper left of the blog and will be available until midnight Sunday night. It should work; I believe I've got the time zone thing figured out.

I can't tell you how much I've been enjoying the contest. I've received so many great entries that we're going to skip Zen Monday this coming week and do Camelot for five days straight.

In case you're wondering why: it's because I've written a novel and it's being published this fall. Camelot & Vine is about an actress who, on the day before her 40th birthday, loses everything she never cared about, flees Hollywood for England, falls through a gap in time and accidentally saves King Arthur's life. A lot more happens after that. Think 6th century Britain, chain mail, love triangles and Saxon invaders.

Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication, about which I will have more details soon. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. 

Send in your pic now! It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. Entry details are here. And be sure to vote for your favorite! Thanks.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #8

Here's the entry from Jo, of A View of Sydney. I posted the photo as large as I could. If you'll forgive the pixellation, I'll let Jo explain:

"I quickly saw your post re Camelot before we had a few days away. So while driving up the highway at 110klms I grabbed my iphone and snapped this guy...I hope this is what you are after.

"I have just had Carpal Tunnel surgery on my main hand so my camera has been having a rest. I would have liked to have stopped but we had car trouble and were already 48 hours behind schedule. Sorry for bad quality. This is roughly 750klm from my home."

It's the Macadamia Castle! Thank you, Jo!

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I can't figure out how to pre-post the poll, so it's up! Be sure to vote for your favorite of this week's entries in the Camelot Where you Are photo contest! We've been having a blast and we've got more photos coming next week.

Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication, which I plan/hope/expect will be in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. 

Send in your pic now! It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #7

Here's what Susan Z of San Diego Daily Photo says about her entry:

"If we had a Camelot here in San Diego, it would be the idyllic village of Coronado, and of course we have the castle 'Hotel Del Coronado'!

Hope you enjoy San Diego's Camelot!"

For those who don't know the Hotel Del, Wikipedia's got the story. This historic beachfront resort has been the backdrop for several movies, most notably Some Like It Hot. We can add an American Camelot reference by noting that John F. Kennedy stayed there, as did many other presidents.

Thanks for your entry, Susan!

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Be sure to return during the remainder of the week to see more entries in the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. And stay tuned!
Over the weekend we'll vote for this week's favorite. 

Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication, which I plan/hope/expect will be in October.
Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. 

Send in your pic now! It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #6

Today's entry is from Lauren, otherwise known as LOLfromPasa. Yes, she lives in England and yes, she's from Pasadena! You can find her at Today Around Coventry Daily Photo.

I recognized this imposing castle immediately. Here's what Lauren says about it:

"Had to be Warwick Castle. For me....Camelot is just up that garden path."

I'm a little jealous. On my trip to England (ages ago) when I studied at Oxford for a summer, I visited Warwick (pronounced "Warrick"). It's magnificent, as you can see. The tour takes you through only a small part of it, though there's plenty to see. It's just so huge, leaving room for your imagination to wonder what further adventures hide within its walls.

The castle overlooks the river Avon, and it's from that side that Lauren took her photo.

Thank you, Lauren!

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I'm excited about the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. Be sure to return during the remainder of the week to see more entries. And stay tuned! Over the weekend we'll vote for this week's favorite. Last week's winner was Chris, with King Arthur Flour.

Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication, which I plan/hope/expect will be in October. Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. 

Send in your pic now! It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #5

I could handle living here!

Our fifth contest entry comes from the wonderful Fabrizio Zanelli of Torino Daily Photo. Fabrizio gives us Castello del Valentino, the Castle of Valentino in the Italian city we Americans call Turin.

Fabrizio says the palace (not a castle, as we learned last week) was

"...built (as we see it now) around 1630 but the first building is around 1275. At the moment it hosts the School of Architecture in Torino but...has been chosen by Mr. Ban Ki-moon for annual U.N. convention. The castle has two fa├žades: one, the main, to the city, the other (the one I prefer) to the river, that run along the city sharing the town from the hill. --- In Italian it is called 'Castello del Valentino' but if the English translation: 'Valentino's Castle' seems to be the only one possible (and I used it in past me too), I personally think that it is wrong. 'Valentino' is the name of *the park* around the Castle, so, in few words, there isn't any Valentino owner of it. So I'd prefer to call the castle in the Valentino's Park.

"(Valentino was a Saint and his remains are in a church at the other side of the river. Originally he was buried in a small church in the park nearby the castle -from here the name of park-. Legend says that around 1700 each 14th of February a sort of party where hold in the park and each lady was used to call his lover: Valentino... but you see, these are legends (also: tales) and I can assure you that Torino in February is cold and frozen (in fact XX Winter Olympic Games in 2006 were in February), so I am not sure that they would have loved a party in the park...)

"Last but not the least consider that Torino is the most rich UNESCO site in Italy (strange but true because it was the first Capital of Italy with Savoy Royal House and you know that Queens and Kings were -and are- not used to live in two-rooms flat), so we have lot of other Castle.

My best,

fabrizio"


Thank you, Fabrizio!



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I'm excited about the Camelot Where You Are photo contest! The entries continue to roll in and I'll continue to accept them until the publication date of Camelot & Vine. I don't have the exact date yet so keep sending them! Entry details are here.

I'll post your entries during the week and we'll vote on the weekends for each week's favorite. Each weekly winner wins a free copy of my new book, Camelot & Vine, upon publication. Publication day is the final day for entries.

It's easy to enter and anyone can do it. Send in your pics! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Zen Monday: #214

We like our Zen Mondays around here, we surely do. Monday is the day you tell us what the photo's about, rather than me describing it for you.



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I will likely skip Zen Monday next week, and perhaps the week after, to accommodate entries to the Camelot Where You Are photo contest. We're having a good time with this, so enter a photo! The instructions are here (it's super easy) and each week's winner gets a free copy of my new novel, Camelot & Vine, upon its release in October. Come back throughout the week to see entries from around the world. Tomorrow's is from Torino, Italy!

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Good morning! Boz and I are exercized, I'm coffeed, the day begins.

I apologize for last night's glitch with the poll. Susan C. was unable to vote at 10:25pm LA time, and that shouldn't have been the case. I thought I had set the thing for Pacific time, but I take responsibility for the problem. In any case, our front runner was far enough ahead that a tie is unlikely.

I haven't sent polldaddy to export results to the blog, so if you'd like to receive a pdf of the tally just email me and I'll be glad to send it to you.

Drum roll, please!

The winner is #2, Chris, with King Arthur Flour! Chris wins a free copy (signed, if she wishes) of Camelot & Vine, which comes out in October if we all cross our fingers.

Congratulations, Chris! And thank you all for entering. The contest continues until the book comes out, if we get enough entries. Details (it's easy) are here.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pretty Hall

Just because Ann Erdman is no longer Pasadena's public information officer doesn't mean she's no longer a fountain of Pasadena information.

Yesterday, Ann led a group of local bloggers on a tour of City Hall. We got an earful of history and an eyeful of one of our city's most beautiful buildings, if not the most beautiful of all. In this photo I'm looking straight up at the lantern in the main entry breezeway. And I do mean breezeway. Ann says it gets windy in there, yet though sometimes this lantern sways quite a bit, it's original to the 1927 structure and has never come down. Yet.

There's something else about the lantern. I'm not going to tell you what. But if you went down to City Hall and took a closer look, you might see it.

Be sure and vote for your favorite Camelot Where You Are photo from this week. (The poll is at the upper left of the blog.) The winner will receive a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication. We'll have Zen Monday tomorrow, and follow that with more contest entries!