Good morning! I finished that book chapter. It's off to my final reader for a check, and then off to the editors. I'm sure it won't be as hard to work on when it comes back from editors. After eighteen months, it needed to be completely rewritten.
Tomorrow, I'll have a review of Deborah Crombie's No Mark Upon Her. Thursday, Kate Carlisle is my guest blogger. I hope you'll join me in welcoming her.
And, I'll be on my way back from Los Angeles tomorrow. A friend was driving over to go to a concert, and offered me a ride so I could visit my college roommate. It was a six hour drive yesterday. Fabulous evening with Jamie, though. We drove Mulholland Drive. Stunning views of LA from above. We could even see the Hollywood sign below us. Gorgeous houses up there, and some beautiful ones when we ended up in Encino. Jamie, my wonderful LA tour guide, and I, definiely recommend driving Mulholland Dr. The view was even better than the view from Griffith Park Observatory. We walked through Universal City. Jamie was excited that Yogurt Land was giving away free cups of yogurt from 4-7. I told her those were actually $10 cups of yogurt since I paid $10 for the parking. That was dessert before dinner at Miceli's Italian Restaurant. Good Italian food, and it's fun because of the entertainment - piano player, drummer & singing waiters.
We spent forty minutes sitting in a traffic jam because of an accident on the freeway. What's LA without a traffic jam? We were heading to Long Beach. The Vincent Thomas Bridge is gorgeous at night, a 1,500 foot suspension bridge, lit by blue LED lights. In fact, the entire harbor area was beautiful all lit up. We were heading to the Queen Mary, which is free to tour after 6 p.m.
It's a little eerie to do that at night. Very few people around, and it feels as if you are the only people on the ship. Jamie used to play piano there, so she knew her way around so we could zip through. Strange, the anniversary year of the Titanic, and the year of that Italian cruise ship, to see the lifeboats from above, and see how far they would have to be lowered to the water. As I said, the best way to describe the quiet ship at night is eerie. We both agreed, though, that we want to come back sometime and take the Ghost Tour of the Queen Mary.
Jamie is an entertainer. She has a gig today, so I have the afternoon to finish Deborah Crombie's No Mark Upon Her. Review here tomorrow. I'll be back home tomorrow evening. Deborah Crombie is appearing for Authors @ The Teague Thursday afternoon, so I'll have the recap Friday.
Sorry, I deserted you, but back on track tomorrow.