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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Musical Driveway

Its Art Weekend in Pasadena, so a musical driveway is appropriate. There's a lot going on in town, most of it free, so click the link and take advantage.

I'm in the middle of:
putting finishing touches on the audiobook of Belinda's Birthday (to be uploaded to Amazon next week);
having the inside of Camelot & Vine designed and created by the soon-to-be-famous Kate Wong;
figuring out the outside of Camelot & Vine, which I finally have in my head, and now must translate to the book cover;
editing a short story, on deadline;
proofreading every little thing;
and a bunch of other things I've decided not to bore you with.

I actually got one thing finished: I hope you'll check out (or, you know, just read) my review of Margaret Finnegan's The Goddess Lounge on Hometown Pasadena. While you're there you can tweet it, Facebook it, comment on it, or Like it with a capital L. Or, like I said, you can read it.

Before you click away, do vote for your favorite contest entry from this week's Camelot Where You Are contest (rules here). The poll is at the upper left.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #22

GinaB has this, and only this, to say about her entry:

"Abundance of brief shining moments for sale in Plano, TX."

Those of us who went to the movies over and over again in 1967, every time we'd saved enough allowance and could get a ride, know the reference. It is a fond memory.

Thank you, GinaB!

(Full disclosure: GinaB is my sister. She and I took a look at the rules and couldn't find any prohibitions against family entering the contest. I don't get to vote, so we figure GinaB gets to enter.)


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It's no secret that I'm publicizing the release of my new novel, Camelot & Vine, and (you're helping me!) 
with the Camelot Where You Are photo contest.
 
Enter a picture of Camelot where you are. 
It can be anything--a suit of armor, a suit of clothes, a suite of rooms--whatever your imagination tells you.
It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.
 
Then be sure to vote THIS WEEKEND, starting tonight, for your favorite of this week's entries. 
Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication.
Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries.
 
Next week we'll be taking a hiatus from contest entries, but keep on entering and we'll get back to it!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #21

Today's entry is from Gina, the Book Dragon, "because books are a treasure worth protecting." I don't know anybody who reads as much as Gina does.

"My daughter and I had spent the day shopping," she says. "One of our stops was a bookstore, of course, where I found my Camelot. I ended up not purchasing the book so it still has the price sticker on it.

"I've had fun looking for Camelot!"

Thank you, Gina!



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It's no secret that I'm publicizing the release of my new novel, Camelot & Vine, and (you're helping me!) with the Camelot Where You Are photo contest.
Enter a picture of Camelot where you are. 
It can be anything--a book, a building, a barbute--whatever your imagination tells you.
It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.

Then be sure to vote over the coming weekend for your favorite of this week's entries. 
Each weekly winner receives a free copy of Camelot & Vine upon publication.
Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries.

Next week we'll take a hiatus from contest entries to take care of some business!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #20


King Arthur’s lost throne," says Michele Zack of her entry, "... and his international guard of Masai and Sarawaki warriors have also gone missing! They may be found in Altadena’s eternal foothills."

I should say so!

Thank you, Michele!

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Enter the Camelot Where You Are contest by sending in a picture of Camelot where you are. 
It can be anything--furniture, food, flora--whatever your imagination tells you.
It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.
Then be sure to vote over the coming weekend for your favorite of this week's entries. 
Each weekly winner receives a free copy of my new novel, Camelot & Vine, upon publication.
Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries.
Next week we'll take a hiatus from posting contest entries to take care of some business!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Camelot Where You Are, #19

We return to the Camelot Where You Are photo contest (details below) with this entry from Ann Erdman:

"This is a knight in shining armor in my sister and brother-in-law's home in Bella Vista, Arkansas. I was inspired...to take a photo of the knight...with Lake Avalon in the background since Avalon plays such a strong role in the legend of King Arthur. The name of the lake is fitting because Avalon is where King Arthur's sword Excalibur was forged."

Thank you, Ann! (The lake and its mysterious island figure into many stories of Camelot, including mine).

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Enter the Camelot Where You Are photo contest by sending in a picture of your interpretation of Camelot where you are. 
It can be anything--a sign, a symbol, a plaything--whatever your imagination tells you.
It's easy to enter and anyone can do it.
Send in your photo, then be sure to vote over the coming weekend for your favorite of this week's entries. 
Each weekly winner receives a free copy of my new novel, Camelot & Vine, upon publication in October. 
Publication day, whatever day it turns out to be, will be the final day for entries. 
Next week we'll take a short hiatus from posting contest entries to do a regular blog week, 
host a guest author, and take care of business. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Zen Monday: #215

Zen Monday returns!

Zen Monday is the day when you tell us what the photo's about, rather than me telling you. For newcomers: the idea is loosely (very loosely) based on the Zen practice of teaching and learning through action and example, rather than through didactic lectures.

So basically, you already know what this photo's about. Just say what comes to mind.


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Here's the latest on the Camelot Where You Are photo contest:

The winner of last week's round is Katie, with #15, House of Shields!
(You are a bunch of lushes, aren't you?)
Congratulations, Katie! Thank you all so much for entering. Every photo last week was imaginative, beautiful and spectacular.

The contest returns tomorrow, with four entries this week. The rate of receipt of entries is diminishing so we might take next week off. According to the contest rules, I'm accepting entries until the date of publication. So far the rules are working, so I'm sticking to them.
I still don't have a definite publication date, so the contest continues!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Carnegie Observatories Open House

If you were not at the Carnegie Observatories open house last weekend (and you might have been, it was crowded), you missed the Hale Library, which, predictably, was my favorite part. I have a thing for libraries.

The Observatories building, designed by Myron Hunt and hiding in a residential area on Santa Barbara Street, is not often open to the public, so I was excited to snoop around inside. There's an expansive interior yard, a machine shop my husband would trade the house, me, and even the dog for, and some solar telescopes I didn't get to see because the line was too long. And more. Science. It takes up space.

The Hale Library is named for George Ellery Hale, one of Pasadena's most multi-talented early citizens. An astronomer, he founded Mount Wilson Observatory among others, and also mentored Edwin Hubble. Hale was a civic minded type, instrumental in how Pasadena's civic center was laid out. The Pasadena Permit Center building, kitty-corner to City Hall, is named for him.

The open house was pretty cool. I got a lot of pictures. I'll pepper them in here on the old blog from time to time. To take this picture, my camera looked through a pair of Rainbow Glasses (made in Reseda!) that demonstrated a fancy-looking machine so popular I never got near it.

Were you there in the crowd? If you got a look at that machine I'll be interested to know what you saw through your Rainbow Glasses.