News and Shoes

by Victoria Landis on July 12, 2011

Where to start?  Basic updates, I suppose.

It’s cooler in South Florida right now than in most of the nation.  My mother in Atlanta refuses to consider moving here because she says it’s too hot.  But every summer, Atlanta is 5-10 degrees hotter and WAY more humid than Palm Beach County.  I lived in Atlanta for six years, so I know.   Oh well.  Can’t make people believe what they don’t want to.

I have a new grand-puppy named Benji.  He’s the cutest dog I’ve ever seen.  A ‘come-to-life’ huggable Teddy-bear.  Not that I’m biased.

I’ve learned in the past few weeks that, sometimes, when people say they want help – they really don’t.  Ouch.

What’s new on the website?  Check out my new hand-painted shoe page.  They’re causing a lot of buzz, and I’m having a great time with them.  Zebra stripes are hot right now.  More examples and how it works are on the page.   I’ll write a post about them soon.

Also, I’ve been doing more graphic arts.  Check out that page and scroll down to the book covers I’ve been doing.  I’m currently working on logos and business cards, too.  There’s also new mural work on the Murals page, and  some fabulous (if I do say so myself) faux marble columns on the Painting Effects page.

Writing-wise, I’m working on a revision of my humorous women’s  novel (working title – Mitzi & Mack).  It was finished and sent through my crack critique (boy, say that three times fast…) group a few years ago.   When I pitched it to a Los Angeles agent last year, he loved the idea, but wanted me to cut it to 80,ooo words (down from 102,000).  That meant a total re-write.  Yikes.  I’m doing it, though, and as much as I hate to admit it, it’s a much better book now.  With everything else I’ve got in the hopper, it’s taking a while.  Arrggghh.

There’s lots more going on in the writing arena.  I’ll update that in subsequent posts.

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