Last week I was on a business trip in Atlanta and got some great photos for my challenge this weekend. I was waiting for this trip to do the High Angle challenge because I had a very special spot in mind.
In the second book, I wrote a scene that takes place in Atlanta. Since I have been to Atlanta a time or two for Dragon Con (among other things), I thought it would be cool to incorporate some of what I know from the downtown area into the book. There is a hotel with a really cool restaurant that is high as hell and rotates. I thought that would be the coolest place to take photos for the High Angle challenge as it is on the 72nd floor. My room on this trip was on the 27th floor and seemed just as high!
Since I took some pretty cool photos on the trip, I thought I would do two for the challenge today, the High angle AND the Sunset since I got a nice shot from my room.
When I was on my way to Atlanta, my friend (also one of my awesome beta readers) texted me that she got my book in the mail. Already. It was Wednesday! SHE WAS HOLDING MY BOOK and I wasn’t!
I couldn’t touch or feel or see my book until I got home on Friday. My mom had 3 sent to my house for signatures for family in England and my daughter called me on Thursday and told me that SHE WAS HOLDING MY BOOK.
WTF! I wanted to hold my book! According to my daughter, not only was it a cool cover texture wise, but it smelled good. This turned into a joke with my boss whom I was with on the business trip who decided that my book was “A BEST SMELLER!” you know what? I’ll take it!
Friday came and I finally got to see my book. In PRINT. It was awesome.
I am still waiting to hear back from two businesses about book signings and will post the dates on the Events & Links page as soon as I hear back.
SO here are the photo challenges thus far:
The Photo Challenge
Day 1: Self Portrait Done
Day 2: Rule of Thirds Done
Day 3: Black & White Done
Day 4: Texture Done
Day 5: High Angle TODAY!
Day 6: Low Angle Done
Day 7: Silhouette
Day 8: Sunset TODAY!
Day 9: Bokeh Done
I have included some other photos of Atlanta from the restaurant because it was such a bright sunny day. I just had to take a bunch!
High Angle Challenge:
Perched precariously on top of the ledge, he peered down at the cars and rooftops below. Houses and buildings stretched out for miles before finally touching the horizon. There had to be thousands of people living, thriving, working, and dying all in this one section of the city.
How many would see him?
He could name every building that sat before him, name every street, and even follow the convoluted path to a house he once knew in another life. This was not the time to reminisce about old buildings and the past. He was here to prove himself to her, to show her that he was everything she needed, everything she had ever wanted.
He focused on the bronze building ahead. He told her to meet him there, at the top, at one o’clock. This was his moment. He leapt from the ledge and reached out towards her.
Another day done, she looked at her watch and back out at the orange sky. She had been working for hours at her desk with her back to the window. Too distracting, she thought. Instead her focus was on a fifteen inch screen full of words. She was supposed to make stories out of these words but sometimes they got away from her, the words, that is. The right ones would elude her and the wrong ones stuck out like prickly speed bumps in her prose. Her forehead rested on the cool glass and she counted the Ferris wheel cars. She made up stories as each one made its revolution. The couple in the one on the very top was in love, she thought. New love. It was fresh and exciting and this ride was a test. He told her to trust him and she went along, even though she was scared of heights, because she did trust him. Only she wasn’t going to let him know that yet. Easing back into her chair, she faced the blank screen and shut off the computer. Maybe tomorrow, she thought.
I was at a book sale and found this awesome children’s book that – as a native New Yorker and New Englander – thought was hilarious. Just saying the title cracked me up because it reminded me of how I sounded a loooong time ago. So the book is “The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes to New York” by Kevin Hawkes and yes, we bought it.
There is a photo of a building that I zoomed in on because it had moss on the roof of the entry way. While I thought it would be a cool prompt for a story, I figured, how much more moss-driven stories could you people take? Am I right? Still, a really interesting detail that I happened to notice while up in the air.
Last but not least, my book, in print. My daughter thought I should sign my name in colored ink that corresponded with the title of each book. I bought silver Sharpies for this one and practiced my author signature until I came up with something I could do without thinking too hard. I know, life’s tough, right?
Here’s a song that I love mainly because I’m originally from NYC and while I love living in the country, visiting Atlanta makes my heart happy.
Have a great week!