What Comfort Food Is For


These are Four Views of My Desk. It’s where I work and all. And I will be avoiding it for a while.Because I am waiting a Verdict.

I sent my Damn France Book proposal and sample chapters to my agent on Tuesday and heard from her that she got it the next day.

And until she calls and says she loooooves it, everybody in my house is under strict orders to not get on my nerves.

Until then, Top Cat is keeping me sedated with grilled cheese sandwiches and VH1’s I Love the 80s on endless loop.

10 Comments, RSS

  1. Mary February 19, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Did you really name it That Damn France Book?
    Do you have a backup title?

  2. candice February 19, 2010 @ 9:44 am

    If Hokusai was right, I still have another 20 years to go for writing crap . . . I too am awaiting to hear from agent. The cats are plucking my last “nerb,” as my great-niece says, and I have nearly eaten a dozen pink-sprinkled sugar cookies and an entire pan of pecan brownies . . . since yesterday afternoon.

  3. Rachel February 19, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    Vivian dear, holding my breath until you hear the GOOD news. Meanwhile, I see that you are doing some prep work for the following book…60 views of a cat’s butt. 🙂 And such willing models everywhere.

  4. Barbara Finwall February 19, 2010 @ 2:22 pm

    I’ve got two more years to finally apprehended something of the true quality of birds, animals, insects, fish and of the vital nature of grasses and trees. And I haven’t even started.
    Congratulations on sending off the book proposal. We’re in the same kind of holding pattern here at Banar Designs. However we didn’t work so long on ours so we don’t care quite so much. In fact we’re so into our enforced retirement that if we didn’t need the money we’d be happy to not get the job.
    The first view of Mt. Fuji, above, has always been my very favorite design in the world.

  5. PatriciaG February 19, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    Summer. Local College. Hmm. I’m local. You’re north shore, I’m middle.

    I have no doubt that they will love the damn book. We’re all prepared to.

  6. Nicole February 19, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

    Put me down as someone excited about the France book! I heard Nancy Pearl talk about the other book on NPR several months ago, and I finally remembered to look for it. I love it! The combo of travel and memoir is great, and makes me wish I’d kept more stuff from my time in the Peace Corps (Paraguay 73-76). In the last few years, I’ve dabbled in watercolor, and may actually keep trying to create pictures. You are an inspiration, Vivian. Thank you!

  7. Barbara Lemme February 20, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    Tell Nancy Pearl that she must press on with the
    Damned France Book. Without the blog we are left dangling and I just hate that! And, hey, I’m 73 and working on my birds. That Hokusai is on to something! Lots to do in the few decades!

  8. Jan February 21, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

    Love the variations on the desk and the cats. Here’s hoping you hear good news on the DFB! I sure wish I was closer as I’d love to take some of your classes! sigh..Guess I’ll have to just observe from Texas.

  9. Marina February 24, 2010 @ 4:54 am

    Hope the Damn France Book will be in print before too long. I loved your first book and it would be great to have another.

  10. Marina February 24, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    woops…forgot to say.

    I love your drawing of the two cats having a scrap. The way their heads are pulled back into their shoulders and their ears are back and paws up…and the expressions on their faces…really capture the essence of the cat when playing rough!

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