Stiletto Heights

I am Jennifer Gordon- a mixed media collage artist and comic writer living in Columbus OH, with my fiance and love- Keith. I specialize in paintings, ACEOS, journals, art boxes and more. I am always available for commissions! Visit my etsy shop at:

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

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good morning...

uh oh....this does not bode well, when I went to type a cute title for this morning's post...I had nothing, total and complete writers block.

apologies in advance if this goes astray somewhere.

So yesterday I wrote too soon about how well I was feeling because no sooner than I was done typing when I got very sick again, though by about 11 or 12 I was feeling better and was able to work all day!!

That was the first day that I was able to work all day, no time to lie down and read, just work, work all day.

It was also the first days I did not have any kind of creative block, in fact there was not enough time to do all I wanted to do.

So, though I have writers block thins morning, I seem to be over (knock wood) my creative block.

I stayed up to the wee hours last night finishing "The Other Boleyn Girl" and I am still very much caught in its spell...I need a new book, and quick.

I am hoping my bubs and I will be able to head out later to find something for me...we have a zillion things to do, none of which are fun, all of which involve going to places we hate (Post store).

So please, let the book suggestions come rolling in!! I will tell you honestly that I am leaning towards just getting another of Patricia Gregory's books, because I am totally enthralled with the whole "court" books, and I am thinking that I might need to read her book about Elizabeth I...though I would really like to read about Marie Antionette too, so here's your chance...load me up with suggestions.

also please take into consideration that I will be going to a used book store to buy the book, so nothing that just came out please.

I know two people told me to get The Time Travelers Wife, but I will be honest...when I saw the word time travel...I was really put off, I know , I know...I shouldn't be.

OK book guidelines...

NO science fiction
NO fantasy (though I do like King Arthur kinds of things)
NO romance
NO bad Horror (Dean Koontz and Steven King I am talking to you)
NO books that could be made into Lifetime no women getting beat by their hubby's then finding strength to move on...
NO HARRY POTTER (I am not dissing the potter, but I just don't want it)

I do like historical fiction especially things that are "class dramas", I am fascinated with all of that.

I also like books about the fashion industry (duh).

Oh, and speaking of "class" I am thinking of retiring my Prada Purse for the summer, yes, I know it's a shock to me too...but I am leaning towards getting something hand made at etsy, though I have no I believe that I might offer up original artwork as a trade for a cute bag.

If that doesn't work, I will sell my soul for an adorable purse.

so yesterday I spent most of the day working on the piece I have shown here...this was just a quick photo of it I took last night, it is listed in my etsy shop . It is called "Lavinia".

I sketched out the idea before I started but as I was doing it I was feeling really good about it, proud of the fact that it was different than what I have been doing lately, it feels good to be trying something new, though when I was making it all I could think was "what if people hate it", I usually don;t think things like that, I did show this piece to darling Aimee last night and she gave it a wonderful response so I am feeling better about it now.

ok, tomorrow we are writing to celebrities, so get your thinking caps on my lovelies.

until then, a million kisses and a million hugs.

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Blogger Beej said...

Ok, I've got a few for you"

1. Lamb by Christopher Moore. This is hands down the best book I have read in five years. And I read lots and lots.

2. This is nonfiction, but The Pirate Hunter by Richard Zacks was really, really great.

3. Slowness by Milan Kundera. SOSOSOSO good.

4. Also by Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting. Damn, but that man can tell a story.

5. Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. You would LOVE this book, and the good news is that there are more that follow.

More to come!

9:14 AM  
Blogger RecyVintage said...

I've not read any of Philippa Gregory's other books. I'm reluctant to read many of one author because they usually turn out ALL the same. But, if you do read anymore of hers, let me know!

I left some book suggestions yesterday that I think you would like. They fit the criteria. :)

I'm about to embark on Alligators, Old Mink & New Money: One Woman's Adventures in Vintage Clothing. As with any of my books, you are welcome to borrow when I'm finished.


Karen Beth :)


9:31 AM  
Blogger CountryGirl_CityLife said...

I didn't know that Jodi P was writing Wonder Woman. I might become a comic book lover after all, I already got sucked into the new Buffy series...

The other phillippa gregory books I have read (the virgin's lover, the constant fool) are not AS good. There is a new one out, though, that continues with the Boleyn saga that I have not read.

I felt the same way about The Time Traveler's Wife but it ended up being an amazing read that had me pondering for days. There is so much to be said for a significant other who is always away (whether working all the time or time traveling) the basic emotions by the one constantly being left are universal. If not now, then someday you should read it.

I also vote for Beej's Tales of The City (or just renting the DVDs) You will heart Anna Madrigal.

I love the colors you are using in your work lately, very appealing.

9:39 AM  
Blogger artandghosts said...

have you heard of Georgette Heyer????????

i dont know why, but i just thought i'd suggest...never read her myself, but i have friends who like her. your post just brought her to my mind.
(theyre not contemporary!)

10:48 AM  
Blogger jungle dream pagoda said...

How about Francessca Lia Block? Its a long shot that you haven't but start with Dangerous Angels. My other faves are your nonos
Fantasy ,Gregory maguire(Wicked)
and Sci-fi,
The Dune books
yes, I have read them all(including the less arty prequels)!

11:44 AM  
Blogger said...

Talk to Kandeedo about a trade! She makes amazing handbags!!!! She would love that!!! Also, you must read the story about the Bakelite family!!! It is awesome. Out of print so you can probably only get it at used... It is called Savage Grace!!!! Get it!!! xxo,Vanessa

12:15 PM  
Blogger RecyVintage said...


Wondering if you know about I get a TON of my books there! You post some of your own books that you are finished with and then you get credits to trade for other books. Try it! It is lovely! They have some Philippa Gregory books there too; I just checked.

I also just ordered a copy of Savage Grace there, as per Vanessa's suggestion. I love Bakelite and the story sounds amazing.

Ah, my "To Be Read" list grows!


1:03 PM  
Blogger niccolina said...

I don't have any new suggestions for you, but reconsider The Time Traveler's Wife...I promise it isn't sci-fi or fantasy at all, just a fabulously written story! (ps, I found you on Etsy and LOVE your shop!)

5:17 PM  
Blogger Alma B said...

I've never posted on your blog before but when it comes to books, I have to have my say :-) The Time Traveller's Wife is one of my all time favourite books, and I am not a sci-fi/fantasy girl! But in the genre of historical fiction, 'The Red Tent' is amazing. I don't know who it's by and it might be a bit too old if you really like topics like henry VIII (it's set in old testament times) but I absolutely loved it. I hope you find a good one next- I hate it when you finish an amazing book and don't feel like any book will ever match up to it.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Wonderful work girly! At least you had a day that let your creativity out. :) I sure hope that you get better for good though.
You latest work is fabulous! I love red! Love it! :)
Feel better!

9:03 PM  
Blogger NYC Modelista said...

Love your art work, esp. the first one in the last post and the one on this post. Brilliant work.

1:31 AM  
Blogger Gypsy Purple said...

Sigh.....just today I looked at some stunning bags in the shops......

8:22 AM  
Blogger Izabella said...

love all of your new art pieces!


11:25 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

I am going to second The Red Tent, and I am also going to keep pushing The Time Travelers Wife, because I hate time travel in any medium, but I loved this book. Loved it. Beyond description.

4:24 PM  

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