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tea and cakes and writing

Yesterday I went with Ellen Lindner and Myla Goldberg to Yauatcha in Soho, just around the corner from Berwick Street Market, for the most amazing dim sum and teacake selection! Ellen and Myla are both sophisticated New York literary people, so I felt like we should have been talking about complicated plot structures and things, but all I could think about was the cake:

My favourites were the white macaroons filled with what I think was almond paste and poppy seeds... mmmm.
Okay, sated by cake, I can now say that Myla's fascinating (even more fascinating than cake, really!) and I'm going straight away to read her bestselling novel, Bee Season. (You can read over 300 reviews of it on Amazon.) Myla's also written another novel called Wickett's Remedy, and she and her comics-making husband Jason Little are working on new books while they're doing a summer house-swap to London from their place in Brooklyn. And if you haven't read Ellen Lindner's Coney-Island-set graphic novel, Undertow, then what are you doing? She's also posted some great sketches from her recent trip to southern India. We were talking about her latest graphic novel project, it sounds really exciting - keep an eye on her blog to see what she's up to.

Just to prove to myself that I AM working on the Birdsong anthology, I'm posting the text I wrote for it this morning. I think the comic is going to peter out into wordlessness as the story kicks in. It's about something that happened to me at Limehouse Basin when I first got to London and didn't know anyone except Stuart. So 'morning writing' today instead of a morning sketch. (Hmm, I think sketches look nicer. The text in this one doesn't do a whole lot, other than set it up.)


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Aug. 21st, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
oh that looks delicious!
And Bee Season is a brilliant book, also much better than the film. :)
Aug. 21st, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
I can't believe I haven't read it yet! It must not have been such a storm in Britain; I went to Foyles and Borders on Charing Cross Road on the way to meet up with them and neither shop stocked it. But the book sold like crazy in America, I'll have to order it online.
Aug. 21st, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
it's just a coincidence that I did because I don't read a lot of books (which is sad, but my eyes just get so tired from drawing I usually fall straight into bed & sleep!) I must have got it from the library :D
Aug. 21st, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
cakes..... *drools* I needs cakes..

Also why is your handwriting so nice! I try to write copperplate but it's just unreadable.
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Cakes! Oh, the other tasty thing was that we saw Bill Nighy on the road as we were leaving, on Old Compton Street. I think he was doing some shopping.

My handwriting isn't copperplate, don't you have to use a fancy pen or something for that? Glad you like it, though. ;-)
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
London is so glamorous! and curse you again for cake torture, I had to go buy this giant eclair/doughnut thing from the local supermarket, coupled with my superb culinary skills this evening has left me bloated like a balloon... I see mice out the corner of my eye with a basket some rope and a tiny gas burner, they mean to ride me above the clouds... and it's all your fault!
Aug. 21st, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
I'm totally tempted to go to the Hummingbird Cafe and get cake now.
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Uh oh, did the sudden rainstorm put you off?
Aug. 21st, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
"Thames Reach" is lovely - thanks for sharing it. I am jealous of your wonderful tea date on so many levels - those chocolate cupcakes look delicious (Are they wearing hair nets, though? It looks like the cupcakes are wearing hair nets...) and I absolutely adored BEE SEASON. I hope your day was deliciously full of good conversation!
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kate! I'm only sorry I hadn't read Myla's books before we met up, so I could ask her about them. But that always seems to be how things happen.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
All those cakes look so nice! I am very jealous.
Aug. 22nd, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
Confession, I went back today, they were so good. (But I used my visiting auntie as an excuse.)
Aug. 23rd, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
bees and cakes
You live about the best life of anyone I know. Please keep posting your adventures so the rest of us can live vicariously.

I 'read' "Bee Season" as a book on tape. Read by Myla and has an interview with her at the end too!
Aug. 24th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: bees and cakes
I completely agree with your opening statement -- I don't think I'm the only person in the LJ firmament to have a 'life crush' on Sarah.
Aug. 25th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Re: bees and cakes
Aw, you guys make me blush! *^___^*

Ooh, I'll have to get hold of the 'Bee Season' audio book! I think I'll manage a lot more reading if I starting listening to books in the studio. I used to read something like a novel a week, and I've slowed down a lot lately, boo.
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