Friday, September 23, 2011

My Summer Vacation



by Hart Johnson

[Today's little travelogue is brought to you by Michael DiGesu at In Time... it's a blogfest! Check out here for more participants!]


Portland, aka Beertopia or Beervana
Portland Oregon

I spent June in my favorite city opening a Microbrewery. I participated in a love triangle... sort of... well one of them is sort of just my best friend, but MAN can he kiss! There was a murder involved... erm... two actually... and the Russian mafia, but I drank a lot of fabulous beer!

This is my city. Isn't it amazing? (Mt. Hood in the background)

Also known as Bridgetown


Roanoke's Mill Mountain Star
Roanoke Virginia

Then I flew to Roanoke for a Little Miss Beauty Pageant. That might have been a little annoying... the Little Miss part, I mean. But there are great people there—family and friends...

I spent a lot of time at the newly renovated Patrick Henry Hotel

And HERE, at the lovely Elmwood Park



Here's the lovely Kahlotus city center
Kahlotus Washington

And FINALLY, they put me in an institution. It didn't matter HOW long I tried to explain the difference between bad and naughty.

And here it is from a distance. Impressive, eh?

The OUTSKIRTS of Kahlotus...


*cough *

In case you missed it, what I MEANT to say is the only way I really 'went' anywhere was through writing, but I had a darned productive summer. In June I wrote What Ales Me (a 'sassy' mystery), based in Portland. In July I did first revision of Begonia Bribe (my second Cozy Mystery, based in Roanoke). Then I did agent requested revisions on Kahlotus Disposal Site... (edgy YA).

I revisited Roanoke in September, and I am leaving for Kahlotus tonight...

On a side note, I was pleased to note when I searched Kahlotus images, my book cover, designed by my friend Joris, was on there several times...

31 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

You had such a productive summer! And on such different projects. Must make you feel great!

Old Kitty said...

Yay for travelling through your writing!! Wonderful and most NAKED!

Take care
x

Becky Mahoney said...

Traveling through writing is definitely almost as good as the real thing. Congratulations on your productive summer!

Creepy Query Girl said...

sometimes going places by writing can be just as fun! Only place I went was back to Connecticut in this case, with my wip and to bretagne for a whole three days in real life:( lol

Hart Johnson said...

Elizabeth-It WAS productive. I feel a little like I need a rest!

Jenny-sometimes it's the only option, eh?

Becky-well it depends on where you might otherwise go...

Katie-yeah, back home isn't really vacation, but it's good in other ways...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Your travels sound similar to mine - all in the mind!

Cherie Reich said...

Aww, I wish I'd known you'd be in Roanoke. I live in Roanoke. In fact, I believe the Little Miss Pageant was held at the Claude Moore Educational Complex, and I worked across the street that same day at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. We could've said hi. :)

It's weird how these things work, isn't it?

Sounds like your vacations were productive if nothing else. :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Really Hart,

You had me going at the beginning with the LOVE TRIANGLE and that kiss.. I certainly raised a brow and thought..."What a tart! She's living up to her name." LOL.

As always I enjoyed your entry so much. Thanks for joining in on the fun.

Congrats on all the success in your writing so far. I finally finished my final revisions on BG, and plan to query a bit next week.

Have a great weekend in NAKEDNESS ...

Nicki Elson said...

Awesome summer travels, you tricky little tartlet!

That book cover's amazing. Is this Joris the good kisser? hehehe

Hart Johnson said...

Michael-thank you! It was a fun one! And good luck with your querying!!!

Nicki-every time I pucker up for Joris he reminds me I'm old enough to be his mother, so I have no clue on that front, but he has other talents, as you can see.

Monti said...

Gracious. Look at the comment I'm following!

Love the photo with Mt. Hood. Those mountains showing up behind city streets are so surreal and beautiful!

Nice writing projects.

Monti
NotesAlongTheWay

RaShelle Workman said...

Hi Hart. You had a very busy summer! I feel sooo lazy. =D

Summer Ross said...

That is a lot of traveling! great pictures!

Hart Johnson said...

Monit-yes, spam removed... he's been here before... shouldn't have cleaned out my spam folder, apparently. I love Portland tucked btween trees and mountains.

RaShelle-it WAS busy! Not done yet, either... i will rest next year *sigh*

Summer-I went virtually MANY places, eh? teehee

The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like you had a wild summer, traveling through your writing! :)

Ciara said...

You are so much more creative. I didn't participate in this because I had nothing to share. Wow, as a writer I really should have thought more along these lines. :) I blame sick kid home for over a week. Have a great weekend.

TreeX said...

Am I a good kisser? I dunno, you tell me... mam... ;)

I'm not quite sure I like that Kahlotus cover much; it's very much still a work in progress, really... Maybe sometime soon I'll upgrade it a little :)

As for the photo of Portland... It's gorgeous! It's also the basis for the cover of Conspiracy... As in, basically a tracing of that photo, but edited somewhat... :)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Your "summer" rocked!
And now for an awesome weekend! ZOOM!

Hart Johnson said...

Cherie-totally missed your comment earlier--not sure how! Sorry! I haven' PHYSICALLY been to Roanoke, but this series IS based there--I ought to have you check for accuracy!

GE-definitely wild--especially with 5 dead people and all... erm.

Ciara-this came to be 11th hour. Had it been a Thursday, I may have gone with a delusional vacation...

Joris-did you see my response... that when I pucker up, you tell me I'm old enough to be your mother... (and I LIKE this cover)

Sarah-you, too!!!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Portland is certainly an awesome city. I actually spent time down in Portland this past July meeting a fellow blogger friend in the area. His name is Draven Ames. We had lunch at the Red Robin by the 205 mall. It was a highlight, if not the highlight, of my summer!

Danette said...

Sounds like you had a wonderfully productive summer, which is great! Lovely cover!

erica and christy said...

Shoot, you gave it away at the end. I so finally hoped I was the "in" in the "inside" joke!!

Loved your entry, Hart. And I also love your writing success. Keep it up!
erica

Abby Minard said...

Aw, going places in your books is just as good as going there yourself. Plus you get to make up cool characters who experience things you may never get to even if you visited those towns!!

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Hi Hart, I'm checking in very late from the bloffee this morning. Sometimes the best way to travel somewhere is through your writing.

Have a good weekend!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Oooh, great stuff you did here! You reminded me that my summer wasn't all staycation and writerly things, but we squeezed 6 people into the cab of my hubby's semi truck and traveled over 10 hours one way! Eeep!


♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

Siv Maria said...

Yeah for Portland! I am enjoying this blog fest, what a way to travel :)

L'Aussie said...

Hi Hart! Thanks for the tripping round which to me are very exotic places. You got so much writing done! I love it!

Denise

L'Aussie said...

And forgot to say I adore researching places for my settings. I adhere to that mantra - don't write about what you know, write about what you want to find out. D

Cold As Heaven said...

I've never been to Oregon, unfortunately, but I have a friend who has worked as a ski coach at Mt. Hood >:)

Cold As Heaven

GigglesandGuns said...

I knew you didn't go anywhere but I fell for it anyway. Great pictures.

Donna Hole said...

LOL; yep, the vacation of a writer - spent online in research :) I did that several times myself.

Congrats on getting so much writing done. Wow, you accomplished a lot. And that book cover looks awesome.

........dhole