A cozy stay at home Sunday with the Mister and Vickie Lester…

tumblr_mqu64oyJe31sr1ki0o1_500I did not make breakfast, but lounged about as magic occurred in the kitchen, of course I had to endure some alt. rock and garage band anthems, but it seemed a small price to pay for delicious coffee, chopped grapefruit, scrambled eggs and onions, toast and marmalade.

The apple of my eye is about to go full tilt into film production, which means a stretch of months during which I will finish my second novel, have the upstairs of my house painted, and install a shady drought resistant garden in the back yard. The last time he was involved in a project of this nature I ripped the kitchen down to the studs and recreated a room I feel comfortable spending a lot of time in. You’ve seen it before, but here’s a reminder of what it looked like once…


and what it looks like now…


vl-kitchenWe’re just past February, a year from the date when I found out my publishing deal had flown apart, and I freaked, left my agents, and decided to self-publish my novel. Looking back, this was probably more of a visceral reaction than a sensible one. The novel did pretty well at first (I actually published it by accident a month before I meant to, in May), and then the limitations of my platform, and my hesitancy to constantly babble on about it have brought sales to a veritable standstill.

I think when I finish the next book I will explore the more traditional paths of publication, but this time with a back catalog, a fondness for some very fine editors, and a precise knowledge of what kerning is:

In typography, kerning (less commonly mortising) is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. Kerning adjusts the space between individual letter forms, while tracking (letter-spacing) adjusts spacing uniformly over a range of characters. In a well-kerned font, the two-dimensional blank spaces between each pair of characters all have a visually similar area.

via Kerning – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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  1. Heather in Arles
    March 22, 2015

    You know, I would have been happy in the “before” kitchen! I wish that I could come and visit you while the Mister is away but that would mean that you would get less work done and frankly, I need to read another novel from you as I STILL think about “It’s in His Kiss” – this from a girl with memory problems!!
    Gros Bisous and keep fighting the good fight,

    • March 22, 2015

      Say, that visiting idea is a winner! We will have to explore this more fully πŸ˜‰ . I owe you an email, at any rate. xox, V

  2. March 22, 2015

    Kerning, nesting, even spooning, the eternal quest to find the right amount of space between each of us πŸ™‚

    • March 22, 2015

      David, you are one very wise fellow. Wishing you a just-right Sunday.

      • March 22, 2015

        Just finished the NYT crossword before noon! Next up is finishing the taxes, then finishing up the week’s photos πŸ™‚

  3. March 22, 2015

    2015 SXSW Movie Festival has come and gone…So many “AMAZING” films as every year… Just thought I would tell you about one of them: ‘Tab Hunter Confidential’…Terrific documentary about the trajectory of his life in Hollywood…It is right up your alley…I am so happy I have found your blog. I look forward to reading it every day!

  4. March 22, 2015

    One of the best days of my life was spent in part sitting in that kitchen!!!

    • March 24, 2015

      Well, we’ll have to do a repeat!

      • March 24, 2015

        Yes and a new one in my “Movie Star” kitchen too!

      • March 24, 2015

        I was hoping you’d say that!

  5. March 22, 2015

    And all this time I thought Kerning was what one did at a funeral.

  6. March 23, 2015

    So that is what it is called….kerning. πŸ™‚

    • March 24, 2015

      You got me thinking so I had to search for the origin:
      1675-85; < French carne corner of type β‰ͺ Latin cardin- (stem of cardō) hinge

  7. March 25, 2015

    Oh, lordy – we’re in the middle of a bedroom redesign – I am wondering if the rest of my house will ever recover! (The rug, which has to go down first, did not ship when we ordered it, and now the cottage is full of boxes of things that HAVE arrived, waiting for the rug. I am going out of my mind.) Thanks for the photos of the happy ending kitchen – gives me hope!

  8. November 28, 2017

    Beautiful oils. I hope that you consider returning them to the walls; they are charming.

    • November 29, 2017

      Hello, Annie! Yes the oils are back, just in other rooms.

      • December 2, 2017

        They are beautiful. “Love” the Lady in Red.

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