This charming and cheerful painting of tiger lilies is by French art blogger Carole Capo-Chichi. The colours are gorgeous, and the way the stamens hang down you feel you can almost touch the thick dusting of pollen on the anthers.
For more uncomplicated delights click here for Carole’s blog.
I love lilies, in all hues: the way they send out great waves of sweet, musky fragrance and can scent a room – though I can quite understand that some people find that a bit overwhelming. The freckled peachy-apricot tiger lilies have a more subtle perfume, and the flower is most often used as an essence in natural remedies. It is particularly recommended for calming and re-balancing, especially for women who need to overcome negativity and their own impatience, and interact successfully with others. It also helps with a tendency to cut oneself off socially.
Clearly, it’s a must-have for all lady writers… I find myself at that point that is the best and worst of times with a book, in the months leading up to publication. In so many ways this is the fun part: the manuscript of The Lantern has been through the careful collaborative editing stage at the publishers’ and now the covers are being designed and marketing strategies devised. I can’t wait to see early copies and be able to put the final cover images up on the sidebar here.
But with the excitement of anticipation comes a tingle of dread. This time, I’m being published for the first time in the
US – by the mighty HarperCollins in New York – and I’ve changed publisher in the to Orion. I sit at the same desk where I wrote it and wonder what will become of my frail craft when it is launched into choppy, crowded waters. Will it appeal to enough readers to justify the publishers’ faith? Will its subtleties be lost in the storm of tricky market forces and waves of critical reviews? UK
When my first novel was published in 1994, I thought it would be achievement enough to see the book embossed with my name on bookshop shelves. Enough for me, I mean. But it never can be. The book has to sell well too, or there will be no more commissioned. As with so many aspects of life, the more you know, the more you know of the hurdles and recognize the pitfalls. So while I wait and hope, pass the tiger lily essence, please…