My angels, this has been a whack-a-do year… And, I am going to take a short break from blogging to confer with the publishers of my…

ro·man à clef  

/rōˌmän ä ˈklā/

A novel in which real people or events appear with invented names.

If I were still young like this (that little guy is in his second year of college now) I would multitask my way through this, but I’m not, so… Have fun, I’ll be popping around to read all my blogging friends, and I’ll see you soon.

Oh, and if you want to check in with me leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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  1. March 1, 2013

    Good luck, and see you soon (on here, that is. I am not a stalker, I promise)!

    • March 1, 2013

      Thanks beautiful Mae! I will be reading your posts and I’ll be back soon. Don’t forget, I want to see your Blackwell wedding dress.

      • March 2, 2013

        Aw, thanks! I will dig out a pic of my dress and post it soon, I promise!

  2. March 1, 2013

    Hurry back. You’ll be missed!

    • March 1, 2013

      Madame Author, I probably should have conferred with you first! I’ll keep you posted, lotsa love, V

  3. March 1, 2013

    What a gorgeous photo! All best on conferring with your publisher and enjoy the time you take while we look forward to the fruits of your efforts!

    • March 1, 2013

      I’m obsessing about the book cover right now — I should probably calm down and head over to see what’s going on with your NYC — it’s going to be a little while before we’re published and I’ll be back on the blogging beat long before that. xox, V

  4. March 1, 2013

    Well, I’ve liked this, but I don’t like you being away! What am I going to do without my daily doses of Gary Cooper, Eva Gardener and Dean Martin? And, more importantly, without your effortless wit and elegance? Best of the luck with the novel, and do stay in touch my darling.

    A xoxo

    • March 1, 2013

      Angel! I just got myself a copy of “Byron in Love: a Short Daring Life” by Edna O’Brien and I see you have a new post up… two treats!

  5. March 1, 2013

    oh no, I already miss your blog, where can I view all those lovely photos that you post ….. I hope you’ll be back soon, please.

  6. March 1, 2013

    and I wish you all the success in your novel.

    • March 1, 2013

      Thank you! I’ll be wandering around reading and will be back to posting soon.
      Hugs to you,

  7. March 1, 2013

    We’ll be here, waiting for your return Vickie. Best

    • March 1, 2013

      Hey, did I mention you were the inspiration for my new format? Thank you! Hope you got those cookies you wanted on Oscar day, I too am a big fan of Zantac 😉

      • March 1, 2013

        It looks great, Vickie! 🙂

  8. March 1, 2013

    I don’t have anything as wonderful as a publishing deal going on but I, too, was just about to take a short break. This is an exciting time, V. I’m thrilled for you. Enjoy every minute of it.
    The photograph speaks volumes – a young, beautiful mother and her precious babe – that perfect moment captured. Gorgeous photo.
    I’ll be missing you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. No need to wish you luck or joy or anything else – you have it going on in spades. I feel lucky to even be on your radar!
    Hugs to you, my love!
    Lisa xoxox

    • March 1, 2013

      Oh, dear friend, I think a break is definitely more constructive than what I was suggesting. I hope your time away from the web it’s full of resolution and creativity (your book!) and calm. Please, contact me anytime you want. My radar will go wonky if I don’t hear from you for too long…
      Love, love, love,

  9. George Kaplan
    March 1, 2013

    Aw, Vickie as Patti Kuche and A Gripping Life have already said more eloquently than I, that is a perfectly beautiful picture; cute little fellow and his luminous mama. Magical.
    Best of luck with the tome but as I may or may not have said before, you don’t really need that luck ’cause honey you’ve got *talent*! (and style too but that goes without s…). I’m excited for you, it is going to be great. George. X

  10. March 1, 2013

    George, true confession – I’m actually a bit stressed (now, not then). How do I know? I just bought 14 books from Amazon. I haven’t been in my happy space, reading a book, not writing one, in a very long time. Thanks for the recommendations and keep in touch because I’ll be lurking. Like I do.

  11. March 1, 2013

    Love the photo. I will miss your post, come back soon. ((Hugs))

    • March 1, 2013

      I will – and I’ll be reading your posts in the meantime. Hearts luv! V

  12. March 1, 2013

    Miss Vickie
    The Dandy feels so honoured to have caught you before you take your temporary leave, sad to see you so, consoled that he has your archive to trawl and mostly very, very excited by the prospect of your shiny new novel, a roman a clef no less.
    My most wholehearted of best wishes. May you raise you book as well as you have this happy little man.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • March 1, 2013

      Thank you Mr. Dandy, and the honor is mine. I don’t mean to be argumentative but I look forward to reading YOUR enchanting posts. I’ll be back soon,

  13. March 1, 2013

    You know how to reach me… keep me posted and see you real soon!!

    • March 1, 2013

      Hey Mister! I just wrote you an email.

  14. George Kaplan
    March 1, 2013

    V, “I just bought 14 books(…)”, that sounds hauntingly familiar, you really are a woman after my own heart, honey! May you soon find your way to your happy place and the stress melt away like fog in the sun; all the hoo-hah will be worth it but curling up with a few good books will be all the more relaxing. You are, if I it doesn’t sound too hinky (:)), my inestimably valued friend. It means so much for you to want me to keep in touch (mushy? me?) You warm my heart.
    Please accept a virtual embrace from here, G.

    P.S. Boy, I do go on don’t I?!

    • March 2, 2013

      Sentimental in all the right kind of ways, thank you. And, if you can think of a novel (mildly amusing, or funny) you’d like to recommend please send it my way. My book order was a little too tilted toward non-fiction.
      Merci beaucoup!

  15. March 1, 2013

    Good luck with your book – how exciting! I shall miss your lovely blog.

    • March 2, 2013

      I’m looking forward to catching up and reading your posts, and I feel like I’ve announced that I was heading for Siberia for an undetermined time, possibly years… But, in truth I’ll be back very soon. 🙂 V

  16. March 3, 2013

    Enjoy your break (I’m looking forward to seeing the results) and I hope you get in lots of relaxing reading as well. Call it preparation, research or marshalling your thoughts, just don’t let on that you are actually enjoying it… 😀

  17. March 4, 2013

    Waiting to see the first pass at the book jacket by the graphic artist – and something that didn’t occur to me that was mentioned by the publisher is that the cover had to be arresting… in a thumbnail image because that’s the way most people will see it.

    • March 4, 2013

      I read an article recently lamenting the death of really good album covers for that very reason. They have to look good in thumbnail on ipods so the interesting detail of covers looks like it is a thing of the past. I am sure people thought the same thing when smaller cd covers took over from vinyl too.

  18. George Kaplan
    March 4, 2013

    V., that’s fascinating, it sounds an exciting challenge if also pretty difficult. Do you go for a more abstract image maybe something like an image-metanym say a swimming pool or the Hollywood sign at night, or something that more concretely represents the book’s world? Interesting. Maybe a woman’s mouth whispering secrets to another or Hollywood party-of-the damned or a woman who could be the protagonist with a mysterious expression? Well, you can tell I’m not a graphic designer but it’s intriguing!
    It’s a little sad that many people will first see the cover as a thumbnail, it does make it even more of an adventure getting the correct cover. Exciting, as I say. There is nothing like going into a bookshop and coming across a wonderful book of which you were unaware; the interweb’s full of great things (such as your weblog, cherie :)) but the death of bookshops and places you can actually go in and browse horrible. Erm, but I digress… Can’t wait to see the cover (hope that process is a swift one for you), I’m sure it’ll be elegant to match the really important stuff, that is, what’s inside. You can’t beat a good book, the creation of novels as repositories of story *and* as objects is one of humanity’s great accomplishments. Yes, “Pretentious” is my middle name!
    Hope you have a fulfilling and fun week, G.

    • March 4, 2013

      Very interesting, sir — because you’ve just about hit the nail right on its head! Swimming pool, twilight, Hollywood Sign, an iconic mid-century house. At least that’s the direction we were talking about at the initial meeting. I’ll keep you posted!

  19. George Kaplan
    March 4, 2013

    Fabulous, I look forward to it (you notice I refrain from making any comment about great minds thinking alike…oops too late ;)).

  20. March 8, 2013

    Oh, V, what a precious picture! I’m right where you seem to be, juggling a memoir and too many other creative projects to mention, and not finding enough hours in the day to do it all. The only thing I haven’t had the courage to do is what you have so gracefully done— called a timeout on blogging. It’s all I can do to get a post up these days, let alone visit some of my favorite blogs (yours being one :-).) Good for you for taking a break! Best of luck on your book adventure!

    • March 8, 2013

      Memoir! I want to buy the first copy! It is challenging to blog, and work on other projects, oh… and have a life 😉 We’ll find our balance. AND, I am so looking forward to your book! xoxox

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