Archive for March, 2010
The real identity of “David” is Antinous, lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. If interested in knowing more, go to the daughter page under “Sex and the Zen of Shopping.” Use sidebar for navigation.
Here’s a Fun Press Release about me from the Virtual Book Tour of “Life Choices” www.expertclick.com.
Rollover and click the image.
It will take you to a JibJab ecard
with music and dance.
Here are some photos of the Silvretta, the yacht that I hitched a ride on and wrote about in “A True Love Story” published in Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths. Boat people will recognize that she’s a ketch – 75 foot long. Really a small ship. There was a crew of 9. I had my own cabin with a blue bathtub. Can you imagine how great that was after sleeping in a hammock in a grass hut for months with only salt water showers?
note: photos are from 1973, Pacific Coast of Central America
This is where I watch the sunset. Most days my neighbor David is already there with his evening cocktail in a urine sample bottle (he likes to be discrete). We have rousing discussions on writing and the environment (not connected subjects.)
My husband Jesper joins us just as the sun is setting. He’s a publisher with an engineer mind and doesn’t like to waste time.
David’s wife Carol is our local nature photographer; she chronicles the impacts of development and rising ocean levels on the ocean and wildlife.
As you can see by the photo, she also records the beautiful sunset that the Universe provides almost every evening. (It does rain in California some years.)
Carol contributes to my other blog sandraoffthestrip.com in the series “Carol’s Critters of the Sea.”
Just in case you haven’t read enough about my writing space, you can log onto Life in the First Draft. I go more into detail about the research and what else I do to get in the mood to write about reincarnation and romance in ancient Egypt.
This is a new blog spot that features authors and their writing experience. When you’ve had your fill of me, you can see what others are saying about their writing.
I’ve had several people ask me where and how I write – “how” meaning the creative process. The “practical how” is that I use a laptop connected to a larger screen so that I can work off of two screens at once.
This photo is of my writing space. As you can see, a lot is going on.
Egyptian stuff is part of my getting in the mood to write my novel which takes place in modern day Las Vegas and in Ancient Egypt during the Late Period.
- colored map of the Nile
- a photo I took of the shore from a boat on a Nile Cruise
- several books, including English translations of ancient Egyptian literature and art books on Pharaohnic Egypt
- the necklace I wear which is a copy of an original Late Period piece
I’m working on a new cover for Sex and the Zen of Shopping.
- You will see a couple of printouts hanging above, plus the front cover on the big computer screen which is displaying Photoshop.
- I’m also considering a slightly new title – something shorter. Sex Zen and Shopping: Live Rich by Shopping Smart
- I’ve been working on the interior and cleaned it up a bit. It will have less of a “homemade scrapbook” look about it.
The screen saver on my laptop is the view from the front terrace of our house in Shell Beach California.
I love boats. That’s pretty obvious from the photo.
The bookcase contains:
- My library of cookbooks in English, French and Danish. You might be able to just see Julia Child’s “Mastering The Art of French Cooking.” I bought my copy in 1973 at a garage sale in Los Gatos California!
- copies of “Life Choices: Navigating Difficult Paths.” This is an anthology of great stories put together by Judi Moreo and published by her new publishing company Turning Point International. She’s already at work on the next anthology which will be about putting the pieces back together again. My contribution to Life Choices is the story of how I met my husband and shamelessly pursued him. It’s a true story of hitchhiking on land and sea, taking chances and going after what you want.
- My many copies of the I Ching
- Books by female authors written for the female market which I have read in the last few months. The genre is pretty much romantic fiction of all kinds. This is part of my research for my new novel.
- On the top shelf I have copies of books of authors that I know or have met.
- The small orange book with black binder that’s turned on its side is the scrapbook I kept of my world travels – especially North Africa, Paris, England and Mexico/Central America. Most of the entries are from the early 70’s. I’d like to put it into a memoir form. But right now I am really loving writing fiction.
Non-book items on bookcase:
- The stone statue on the bookcase is Toltec and over a thousand years old. It was a wedding gift when we married in Mexico City the first day of spring (March 20) 1975.
- The briefcase on the top of the book case was a gift from my First Reader (Sex and the Zen of Shopping) Barb Johnston which she gave me at the book launch of Life Choices in January in Las Vegas.
- The name plaque Sandra Nielsen is from my days as a School Board Trustee 1994-1998. It reminds me that trying to do good can be very costly personally. It keeps me from getting involved. It’s time for someone else to play Joan of Arc. I admire all politicians even though their politics can make me crazy. I once heard it said, “In the world of politics, friends come and go, but enemies collect.” Amen.
You probably didn’t miss my Japanese Zen priest who sits directly over my head and hopefully guides my spirit. I bought him at a little “antique” shop in 1999 in Shell Beach. The owner loved his stuff so much and had so much of it that you had to stand at the doorway and point to what you wanted to see. He also wanted a $20 deposit before he would bring it to you! Needless to say, he didn’t make a lot of sales. He was found dead at his desk one morning by his son. He hadn’t come home the night before. 89 years old and he died of a heart attack in the midst of his beloved treasures. From the position of his body, it seemed that he put his head down and went to sleep, never to wake up again. We should all be so blessed!