Sunday, 18 September 2011

THE RETURN

Hello, Dear Readers! I have returned from my holiday sojurn and the blog hiatus is officially over!

It seems a lot of stuff has been going on while I was away. A scandal over a well-liked agent reportedly asking a pair of respected authors to 'de-gay' their story set fire to the internet, with people either taking sides or refusing to believe any of it. I've got lots to say about this topic (as you either know, or can find out here and here), but I feel as if every possible opinion has already been explored so thoroughly that it's pointless to try and find different ways to express what has already been stated extremely well by others. So I'll just post a link to this excellent round up of the whole thing on the redoubtable Cleolinda's Blog, and say that I feel incredibly lucky to work with an agent, an editor and a publisher who have always supported me in my quest to reflect the world's real and beautiful diversity in my work.

Also, Zolah favourite and author of the fantabulous Demon's Lexicon Trilogy Sarah Rees Brennan revealed that she had been keeping secrets from us, working on a very, very, very exciting joint project with beloved YA fantasy author Justine Larbalastier, and that their book already has a cover and everything. I nearly died of squee.

Lots of other interesting things have been going on as well, but those were the ones that caught my attention the most. I have also (for those who remember what I said before I went away and perhaps were wondering) had some News about Big Secret Project - but not the sort of news I can really share, since things are still up in the air. More on that when I can.

And now - onto the holiday pictures! When looking at these you need to bear in mind that I managed to arrange to stay in a small, wooden cabin on the side of a mountain in the Lake District during the one week in the year when the entire of Cumbria was being lashed by Hurrican Katya with 70mph winds and torrential rain. So a lot of the pictures I took were unuseable because I got blown over mid click or had rain on my lense. Sometimes I didn't even dare take my camera out. But I persevered. In fact, I was so anxious to get you photos of one place that I went back a second time when the weather was a little better and tried again!


 
 

My favourite one is the second to last there - but I'm quite proud of all of these. I do love to take photos! What do you guys think?

19 comments:

Sarah Pearson said...

Oh my. I want to be there, right now. It's beautiful.

Zoë Marriott said...

Sarah: I bet you wouldn't be so keen if I'd included all the shots where it was pouring down :)

Isabel said...

Congrats on persevering! The pictures are so worth it, though. ;-) Gorgeous!!

Zoë Marriott said...

Isabel: Thanks! I was really glad of my camera on this trip. I got some shots I'd never have managed before.

greenwoman said...

Gorgeous shots! I love taking pics too. Yours are fab! I'm sorry you were rained on, but I'm glad you got good pictures. :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Greenwoman: Thank you! It's one of my favourite things, apart from writing.

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Your holiday looks brilliant! I love it when you look at scenery and it's so beautiful that you really wonder how something that gorgeous was created :)
I love the picture of your dog-too cute :D

Zoë Marriott said...

Rebecca: Thanks, it was pretty good all told. But I'm a lot more addicted to my wifi than I thought - next time I'll make sure I have an internet connection!

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Haha :) I couldn't live without my internet either. I'd be paranoid about missingg some big scandel or something lol. Can't wait to find out your Big Secret Project news! :)

Raimy-rawr said...

gorgeous! I spent most of my childhood holidays in the Lakes and will always have a soft spot for the area! :D

Zoë Marriott said...

Raimy: It's a breathtakingly beautiful place. I loved the way that the whole character of it changed depending on the weather - the colours, the textures, the atmosphere. You could take a picture of the same place from the same spot at the same time on two different days and see two entirely different places!

Megha said...

Those are some really beautiful photos! I'm glad you had fun. :-D

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Megha. I hope you had a good week while I was off! :)

Jenni (Juniper's Jungle) said...

Wow, you've got some fantastic photos there, it looks like such a beautiful place.

Zoë Marriott said...

Jenni: I had a pretty good photoweek, considering that half the time I was terrified even to get my camera out because of the rain! About 50% of those were taken over the last two days of the holiday, when the wind/rain stopped. Imagine how many pretty pictures I could have taken if I'd had seven full days!

A Backwards Story said...

Welcome back!!

And what beautiiiiiiiful pics! Thanks for sharing with us!

Going to check your links b/c I haven't heard any of this!

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Backwards! It's nice to be back.

A.J. Mullarky said...

Castlerigg Stone Circle!! I was in Keswick just a few days ago!

Zoë Marriott said...

Well spotted Alex! I was in Keswick too, obviously - we might even have been there at the same time.

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