A Writing Update

I haven’t given any updates here recently on my writing so here goes! I finished the first draft of my second novel (working title is “Reunion”) and sent it off to Nellie, my wonderful editor. She, of course, sent it back with LOTS of changes so I have spent the last month making revisions and am now going to send her Draft #2 to see if she likes the changes. It’s a story about a 25-year college reunion trip set in Paris and Burgundy and centers around five women friends and four men friends who are all on the trip, getting to know each other again, as well as sharing stories of their lives. I hope to have a published version before the end of the year. That will, in part, depend upon whether Nellie and I decide that I should self-publish again, or find an agent this time. Time will tell, but I will write updates more often on that.

This one flowed much more quickly for me (I started it last July), and I think it’s a good story. We’ll see if Nellie agrees!

Fun Museums in Paris

I always like finding smaller museums to explore in Paris. Here are two that have beautiful buildings as well as exhibits. On the recommendation of my friend Natalie, I visited the Musee Marmottan (marmottan.fr) in the 16th Arrondissement. One of its big collections, works by Claude Monet, was under renovation so it was not available to see, but we were able to visit a collection of Illuminated Manuscripts that was amazing. The nearest métro stop is La Muette and is on the number 9 subway.  IMG_1341 IMG_1345IMG_1348

Another one I love is the Musee Jacquemart-Andre at 158 Boulevard Haussman (musee-jacquemart-andre.com) which was the private home of  Edouard Andre built in 1869.

Musee-Jacquemart-AndreYou can see that the building itself is amazing. We have seen two great exhibits there: the first comparing two Venetian painters, Canaletto and Guardi in 2012; and the second a Caillebotte exhibit in 2011 that compared the two Caillebotte brothers, one of whom was a photographer and the other a painter.

Both exhibits were very well presented, but it’s worth noting that the exhibit area for temporary exhibits is small, so it’s best to go early or late in the day to avoid crowds. You can get there on either the 9 or 13 subway lines, at the stops Saint-Augustin Miromesnil or Saint-Philippe du Roule.

Be sure to check the listings for both museums before you go to see what special exhibits may be showing there. Enjoy!