Tuesday, December 12, 2006

My office

There's a neat thread on the ACFW e-mail loop about writers' office spaces, so I thought I'd post pictures of mine. I'm not the neatest person, so beware if clutter gives you palpitations.

Here's the view from the doorway. I also have a eucalyptus and lavender blend infusion that I use in my aromatherapy infuser, so the room smells comforting and it helps with my sinus headaches.

Here's the tour counter-clockwise, from right to left.

Directly to the right of the door are the closet doors, which are my brainstorming/storyboarding palette.

Next is my desk. I try to keep lots of water bottles around so I don't have any excuse not to drink enough water during the day. You'll also see the mess under the desk, which is my storage area for blank CD-ROMs and extra CD cases. (Those cases are super cheap at Goodwill, if you happen to find them there.)

And my very expensive ergonomic chair, which even Captain Caffeine said was surprisingly comfy. Should be, for the astronomical amount we paid to keep my back healthy.

Continuing toward the left, I have three bookshelves and an embarassingly large number of books in plastic bins. No, I haven't yet read all of them. I got most of them at Goodwill and Salvation army, so I usually picked them up when they were available, not when I had time to read.

Not seen in this photo, but to the right, is where my computer tower is sitting.

I love those plastic bins. We get them from Costco, and they hold everything. Some here have my extra tote bags and backpacks and things.

The weird flat black metal thing on the left is the folded-up dog crate. We don't use it but can't seem to get ourselves to give it away. It got stored in my office when we had to clean out the guest room for my parents to stay in for a few days, and the dog crate never left the office, for some reason.

That's the tour. Not a pretty sight. LOL. But I do enjoy being surrounded by books.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

2006 ACFW Conference in Dallas

I recapped my time at the conference here:

Part one
Part two
Part three
Part four

Robin Caroll with her Genesis award

The 2006 Genesis winners

The 2006 Genesis FaithWords finalists

Me presenting the awards

Me and Malia Spencer

Me and Cathy West

Heather Tipton, me, Cheryl Wyatt, her husband Billy, Pamela James

Angie Breidenbach, Pamela Dowd, me

Heather, me and Marilynn Griffith with the brassiere bags Mary gave us

Me, Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck

Gina Conroy, me, Meredith Efken

The authors from Girls Write Out blog--2006 Book of the Year winners

Heather and Dineen Miller

Kathy Ide, Pamela Dowd, me

Mary Griffith, Lisa Samson, Claudia Mair Burney, Heather Tipton

Me and Gina Holmes

Me and Mary DeMuth

Ma peeps: me, Ronie Kendig, Dineen Miller, Heather Tipton, Robin Caroll

Ronie Kendig and Robin Caroll

Ruth Logan Hearne and Kathy Ide

Me, Heather, Shirlee McCoy

Sunday, July 30, 2006

ICRS Denver, CO 2006

I admit, I didn't take enough pictures while I was at ICRS. But I blogged up a storm about it! It was in Denver in July of 2006.
ICRS part 1: The Saga Begins
ICRS part 2: The Christy awards, and How You Should Not To Make a Complete Fool of Yourself in Front of People.
ICRS part 3: After the Christy Awards, or More Stupidity On My Part.
ICRS part 4: Camy Manages Not to Say Stupid Things At the Baker Dinner.
ICRS part 5: Walking the ICRS Floor on Monday and Managing Not to Trip and Fall Flat on My Face.
ICRS part 6: Meeting with my editor Sue Brower and some marketing tips.
ICRS part 7: The Adventures of Camy on the ICRS Floor.
ICRS part 8: Stalkers and the Personality Party
ICRS part 9: Camy Gone Wild!

My buddies Sharon Hinck and Patti Hill doing promo on the ICRS floor! Sharon's debut novel came out around the time of ICRS, and Patti is a Christy finalist.

Me and my friend Danica Favorite, also known as Dream on the Steeple Hill discussion boards.

Eileen Key, Claudia Mair Burney, and me. Claudia was signing her debut novel at ICRS for the first time!

My friend Paula Moldenhauer and me

I snagged a picture with Robin Lee Hatcher, who was signing at the Zondervan booth.

Me and my Senior Editor at Zondervan, Sue Brower.

We went to karaoke! When we walked in, Chip MacGregor was belting out "Brown-Eyed Girl."

Mary DeMuth struts her stuff. I think this one was "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."

Susan Meissner singing "The Rose."

Danica sang "The Animaniacs." Gee, think she has kids???

Jeanette Hanscome and Marilyn Hilton sang an amazing version of "Amazing Grace."

Mary sang another one and Chip had to join in.

Susan and Mary are "Stayin' Alive"...

...soon joined by Chip and the gang.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Tricia Goyer research photos!

I have a guest blog by Tricia Goyer on my main blog, Camy's Loft.

As something unique and different for my blog (because she likes me! :)) Tricia gave me some pictures that some World War II veterans sent her while she was researching for her novel. Not everyone has broadband, so I posted them here on my scrapbook blog.

Here’s what Tricia has to say about them:

One of my favorite parts of researching is connecting with veterans. While researching for Arms of Deliverance, I found some amazing men from the 91st Bomb Group, based in England.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the photos they sent to me to help with my research. These are the photos that helped as I wrote my scenes. Are they cool or what?!


This is an illustration of the pilot's control panel sent to me by veteran
John Howland of the 91st Bomb Group.

This is an example of the shirt and pants of an OD uniform sent to me by veteran John Howland. He said, "It wasn't very attractive, but it was wool and it was warm in that harsh English climate."
These are photos of the Norden bombsight and the tracks for 50 cal ammunition fed to the twin 50 chin turret below the bombardier. Also visible is the astrodome used by the navigator and the navigator's table. The photos were sent to me by John Howland. They all play a part in "Arms of Deliverance."

Here's a picture of a WW-II throat mike sent to me by John Howland.

Here is a link to the official website of Liege, Belgium, sent to me by my
Belgian friend, Roger Marquet.

Here are interior photos of a B-17. They were sent to me by Joe Harlick and TAKEN by Joe Harlick during WWII. Here is what Joe had to say:

"The first is snap looking forward from the tail wheel. It shows the two waist guns, the top of the ball turret, and into the radio room. The second is looking from the radio room towards the tail wheel of the two waist gunners in action.

"The third is a photo of me loading a K-17 Bomb Strike Camera in the camera pit under the radio room floor One third of our planes, on each mission, carried a bomb strike camera. The cameras are all preset for shutter speed and " f stop " exposure settings. They would be turned on at bombs away and make an exposure every 6 seconds, then rewind the film. They would continue running until well beyond the target that was hit. The particular camera in the photo makes a 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inch negative. We would pick up the film magazine as soon as one of the planes landed and rush it back to the photo lab, process the film, make wet prints from wet negatives. These were hand carried to the commanding officer and woud be referred to during crew interrogation after the mission. They would have immediate answers as to the weather condition, if they hit the target, and an estimate of the damage to the target."

Here is a photo of a Navigator sent to me by Joe Harlick and TAKEN by Joe Harlick during WWII. This was my inspiration for Eddie!

These are more photos from Joe Harlick. Each photo has a caption.

Joe said, "You will find that 99% of my photos are black & white, color film was rare and used mostly by the PR photographers from London. Some individuals had 35 MM Kodachrome film sent to them from the states. The flight crews were not supposed to carry camera's on a mission, but some officers did, especially the latter part of the war."