Making of My Book -A Behind The Scenes Look
As promised, over the next year I will be taking you on a behind-the-scenes tour of what i so lovingly refer to as 'the book' that the incredible Susan Tuttle + I are writing. I plan to give you an in depth glance on my side of things - some information on the process, the ins-and-outs of working on a book, how to organize the plethora of details, what goes into making one project, choosing a publisher - you know, all those nagging little questions that pop up and seem so very hard to get answered, the stuff I wish I had known. Speaking of, let me know what questions you have - I'll do my very, very best to address them all. Comment here or contact me to inquire.
Since I am still knee-deep in work for the book - i thought I'd begin by sharing my week at F + W Media (North Light Crafts division) in Cincinnati, Ohio for the book photo-shoot. A bit less writing on my end and tons of colorful photos that I am so, so eager to share with each of you. Just in case you ever wondered... that trait is what makes me head-over-9-inch-stiletto-heels-in-love with all things photography... the images tell stories, they speak for you.... words are completely optional.
Doesn't get much better than that, yo.
(And no, I haven't the faintest idea why I decided to revel in my extreme dorkiness and add yo there.)
Turns out my editor Bethany is also a gifted travel agent. She totally hooked me up in this semi-swanky hotel with a lobby that I kinda became infatuated with. I know, I know... leading the behind-the-scenes series with the hotel seems kind of boring. I get it, I really do. But LOOK people!
the colors, the light...the ambiance...
the desserts... a hot cuppa tea and the coffee.
oh coffee, how i love you.
My willpower was tested each evening when I walked through the doors greeted by the yummy looking baked goods behind the sparkling glass case ..
and i will have you know... i did NOT, i repeat.. i did NOT succumb to the temptation.
Chrysti (in Cincinnati): 1
Eve (in The Garden of Eden): 0
The staff? So very, very warm and friendly - lots of businesses could learn something about customer service there. The rooms were beyond spacious - but oddly, had no dressers... something that my-endearingly-neurotic-fairly-compulsive-must-organize-now-personality didn't like very much.... however, the mega sized TV was a pretty sweet bonus.
I fell just a bit in love with the feral kitties living behind the hotel. Yup, went on a scavenger hunt to buy them food when I should have been sleeping. More on that in another post though.
I was grateful to have a safe + clean place to begin and end my busy days in. I was stoked that we could eat at the hotel on the nights we didn't care to venture out... and I was inspired j u s t enough by the autumnal colors in the lobby to share them with you. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
You can see my complete set of pics from the Hyatt Place Cincinnati/Blue Ash Hotel here.