Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ontario Wine Country Tour and Research

The author went on a wine country tour last weekend.  

One of the objectives was to perform research that would enhance wine related mentions in the second edition of the novel.  It was hard work with all the wining, dining, pairing and taking notes.  

By day 3 of the tour, I was in no condition to taste any more wine.  I reviewed my notes, attempted to improve my understanding of wine terminology plus learn more about the history of the Niagara on the Lake wine country.

It will be a bonus if this hard work pays off to enhance the novel.  Otherwise, it was a good opportunity to test out one's travel legs, to purchase "souvenirs" for family and friends.

If you feel like exploring, please drop by the domain for The Year of the Rabbit, a novel about Fate, Family and Forgiveness.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Commissioned art

I have engaged with a talented young artiste to provide illustrations for the second edition of the novel.

The objective is to provide representations of the paintings gracing the booths at the Red Hare restaurant.  I am also planning for a new cover design.

The artiste will provide twelve Chinese Zodiac illustrations over the next four months. 

Here are samples of the first two works:


I think they are very lovely.  You can view these and more of the artiste's creations at her Arting Around blog.

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