Writing updates

I was going to post about the cathedral in Tours since I found pictures of it, but, as you can see, that didn’t happen, partly because I got swamped at work, partly because I sat down and actually started on my taxes.  But I did get a lot of editing done on Wizard of Pembrook, so it may actually be ready to come out in the spring, which is what I’ve been telling people.  Of course, when I said that, I thought I was being all Scotty (say it will take twice as long so they’re impressed when it’s done ahead of schedule.

A rough idea of what Ella and the panther look like

The rest of the time I was messing around with learning to use Daz Studio.  I may use it for book covers.  That’s one of my early renders.

What my next book looks like now. Sticky notes are my friends!

So, next time will be the Cathedral St Gatien in Tours.

Old City of Tours, France

These are the pictures I was looking for when I came across the Roman ruins I posted last time (That was one of my most viewed blog posts. I’m not quite sure why, but I think some people were tweeting it, so if you did, thank you very much, I really do appreciate it) Anyway, I was looking for pictures of the old city and only found a couple. Unfortunately, this was the days when digital cameras were expensive and very low resolution, so I had a film camera, and somehow, a lot of my film was damaged, so lots of the pictures I took didn’t survive and I have odd gaps. I was living in the old city when I was there, but only have a few pics of the area. Here they are.

This is a building in Place Plumereau, a pedestrian only square in the middle of the old city. All of the buildings were this wonderful old 15th/16th century places. I don’t remember going into this building, but the signs make me think it was a clothing store.

 I think I was trying to get a picture of what the sign said, but all I can make out now is that Joan of Arc did something here.  I think it was where she had her armor made. We heard a lot about her on this trip, but the story I hadn’t heard before was the theory that it wasn’t Jeanne d’Arc, but Jean d’Arc (Jeanne is the feminine form of the name, Jean the masculine) and the names and the story got confused as it traveled away from the battlefield. I don’t know if that was a common theory or just something one teacher had heard, but it was interesting.

This picture always seems very typical of Tours to me, although I’m not sure why. I don’t remember going past this spot very often, so I think it might be near the Roman ruins from my last post. When I was there, I stayed on Rue de la Grosse Tour (street of the Fat Tower), named after the bell tower from the ruins of the Basilica St. Martin, which was not actually on the street, but visible from it. It was a really nice place to be since the door to the apartment building opened onto Rue de la Grosse Tour, so we had the cool little street to walk home on. And I do mean little, if your arms were a little longer than mine, and you really stretched, you could touch the great old buildings on both sides of the street. It made the barricades in Les Mis make more sense; that kind of street could be barricaded with not much more than a couple sofas and a dining table. We were on the corner though, near Les Halles market, so the building itself was modern, or modern for the area at least, meaning we had all the charm of the old city, without the problems of ancient buildings, although I do think a nice 400 year old building would have been fun too.

edited to add links to the other posts in this series

This is the book I was working on when I was researching Tours. Click to read the first few chapters

Photographs of Roman Ruins in Tours, France

 Old City of Tours, France

Photos of the Cathedral St. Gatien de Tours, France

A  Few Links to Tours

Not part of the Tours series, but still in the area

Villandry and Ella’s garden

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