Not only did we get a new website for Elephant Stone but I made a little promo video for the upcoming release of Heartworm written by my husband, Ben Vendetta.
It’s about a guy working in the music industry during the thick of the Britpop scene. His wife runs off to join a cult, but he’s sort of okay with it — until she gets into trouble. There is a parallel story weaved throughout about the Dublin band, Whipping Boy, whose album “Heartworm” plays a role. Looking at an October 15th release date and will be available in print and ebook in the US and UK. In the meantime you can read his other novel, Wivenhoe Park.
My husband and I went out to L.A. again for the book party for “Wivenhoe Park“. We had some time to go to Palm Springs and Joshua Tree as well. I’m a little late on posting photos but I got sick in the desert, and still am! How I could go from -7 winter weather in the midwest to 74 degrees in Palm Springs and get ill is beyond me.
Random things I remember:
Ian Astbury in sweatpants waddling past me and thus ruining all illusions I’d held from my teen years. Driving a Dodge Charger through the desert and up steep hills. Lots of music gigs and time spent in Echo Park. Getting drunk at The Dresden Room and going to Jack in the Box for late night food (basically not much has changed in 11 years for me). Amazing Mai Tai drinks at Bootlegger Tiki. The Autry Museum with my friend Charity who was like a personal guide. So many cocktails — so many. The Juxtapoz Magazine 20th Anniversary show, which I liked, but — I was a tad disappointed in because of glaring omissions and odd inclusions that to me didn’t reflect the actual history or issues I have read since 1994. I didn’t make it to the John Currin show, but the Laura Krifka one more than made up for it; I think she is exceeding him if not on the same level! Record shopping in Highland Park. Drunk girls in West Hollywood crying in a restaurant bathroom about boys who hasn’t texted them. A $1,000 omelet on the menu at my hotel (it had caviar on it). Visiting shops in Joshua Tree opened by Ohioans. Smash Mouth being promoted on the marquee outside one of the casino resorts. Leaving my iPhone in a coffee shop for over an hour to find it had been untouched! Nights by the fire pit, lots of friends and parties and dogs and wine. Oh, and traffic! More and more every time I go back to visit I swear! I mean…Jeeeeez. And that means a special thanks to those of you who drove in from SF and the OC for Ben’s book party and other shenanigans, because my God that traffic is just unreal!
As much as I debate about it, I think this trip really squashed any question I had about moving back to Los Angeles. Just can’t do it. Things have changed (yet haven’t) and unless I devoted myself to the desert, the eastside, or had the money to purchase a house, it just stressed me out so much being there and all the memories of why I left came flooding back. I think the reason I went to so many art and music gigs when I lived there was to make it worth the stress and general anxiety I felt. The weather never made it worth it for me. So, I think I’ll stick to visits. I like being a tourist.
Make with the clicky for descriptions….
Ben and Lenora Claire with little Nomi
Charity shooting me
Ben and Dan
The Black Ryder
tiny art by Miso.
Ben and #1 Elephant Stone fan Ryan.
Aida, Me, Andrea. My OC ladies.
Ben being a rock star
Robert Williams show
Annie Oakley owned these.
I used to live in Newhall!
I Can’t Quit You! on display at the Autry Museum
Ben, Hunter, Lance
Before the Tiny House movement was the Jackrabbit Homstead movement.
Flaamingos at The Echo
on the way to Palm Springs
absinthe in my suite
This thing is so UGLY!
Kime Buzzeli artworks
A portrait by Kime
George Nemeth being shot by Charity
Hotel Suite Life
Ben with his dragon by Ai Weiwei
Palm Springs Art Museum
Hung Liu exhibit at the Palm Springs Museum
entrance to our hotel
Me and Kime
photo by Charity Baker
photo by Charity Baker
photo by Charity Baker
Starting on Saturday is the tour for this novel. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones. We’re calling this the “Dixie-Narco” tour in honor of this EP.
Many of these events are going to have DJs, drink specials, raffle prizes, and Mr. Vendetta reading or doing a Q&A session. Come for the literature and stay for the hangover!
Have I mentioned lately that you should purchase the novel “Wivenhoe Park”? Because you really should. Just look at all the reviews! You don’t need to take my word for it just because I did the cover and he’s my husband.
But, also, if you want to try a crack at winning on of three copies, the amazing music site Slicing Up Eyeballs is having a contest
that ends on Friday!
Saturday, December 7th from 2 to 4pm is a book signing with Mr. Vendetta at my favorite place for books in Cleveland, Loganberry Books.
We’re plotting a book tour from Chapel Hill down through New Orleans in the spring. These won’t all be at bookstores necessarily, but at cool venues where a DJ and beers will be involved, so stay tuned (and if you would like to host a party or know a place that sounds perfect, fill me in!)
My husband’s novel is out! So go buy it here.
Kindle edition is available on there, but since I did the artwork you probably want the real deal, don’t you? Have fun guessing which character is based on me, and I can give you a hint: I’m not the goth. Sure I’m a grown-up goth now, but in 1985 I was seven years old, so it hadn’t hit me yet.
If you’d like to try your chance at winning a copy, be on the look out over at the Goodreads.com Giveaway, there are 10 copies available.
I made a book trailer for my husband’s debut novel coming out in the fall!
More info here.
Welp, the book cover I designed for my husband, Ben Vendetta, has been chosen. It takes place in 1985 and has a lot of music references throughout during that period. He wanted something that looked a bit post-punk, and I included some hints to Spacemen 3 and Essex University in the design…
It is being out through layout right now, but I will of course let everyone know when he does a mini book tour and it is available on Kindle, Amazon, and paperback. Thank Cooperative Press! Did I mention he has already started the sequel?
I am featured on The Style Letters, all about spring wardrobe choices — it finally is looking like spring — and my love of trench coats. Also the story of my new Dolce & Gabbana trench.
My husband, Ben Vendetta, has his debut novel coming out later this year. He can’t decide on a cover, so he is asking people to vote for their favorite over here at the Elephant Stone site. It takes place in 1985 and there are slutty goths, stupid jocks, thrills, pills, and Bobby Gillespie! So based on that, go over and select your favorite design!
I couldn’t go, but family and friends took some photos from the reception at WWA Gallery for “Eye Candy” in L.A., the show is up now, so go check it! Cartwheel did a little recap as well.
See, no more sad posts about my health or videos of my family that make people cry (sorry about that).
Thanks to Scene for writing a little piece about my book party coming up on Wednesday (the 11th) here in Cleveland. It all goes down at 7pm over at Loganberry Books.
I’ve never had a book party before — so I’m not sure what it entails exactly — but I’ll be signing copies, doing a little talk, and buyers get a free mini print with purchase that evening.
Hope to see you there!