Thursday, March 15, 2012

Coffee, Books and...Lipstick...

It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all   ---- Laura Ingalls Wilder

I'm Vastine Bondurant. Welcome to my place!

I put off launching my blog for a long time, waiting for the perfect subject. Something that would make me sound provocative, really interesting.

Truth is, I'm not extraordinary. I'm just a girly girl who's ready and excited to start writing---creating---one of her favorite worlds: guys and girls.

I'm a published author in the m/m genre, which I adore, but somehow the time just wasn't quite right to begin writing mainstream and m/f romance. Until now.

The characters in my head are like me. They ARE me. Basic, nothing fancy, but hopefully SO simple and human you'll relate to them, you'll recognize bits of yourself when you meet them.

My fictional boys aren't perfect. If you met them in real life, you'd knock them upside their heads. But you'd love them in spite of yourself. My gals aren't perfect either because they all carry little doses of me in them. Most of them are much bolder than me, and that's the fun part---painting dames who, even though they're imperfect, are what I'm not adventurous enough to be.

I crossed this painting by my favorite modern artist, Jack Vettriano, titled Back Where You Belong a while back and I knew...I just knew...I needed to write the feelings it inspired in me. Man, woman, love, anger, lust, sex, masculine, feminine, tears, stoicism. Romance.

Back Where You Belong by Jack Vettriano

And who IS Vastine Bondurant?

A simpleton, a romantic. A woman who can survive anything as long as she has the basics: coffee in the pantry, a working coffee pot, books and...most importantly...lipstick.

Yes, I am the Talullah Bankhead from the film Lifeboat. The woman who---even when her ship is sinking and she's stranded in the middle of the ocean on a lifeboat with a bevy comprised mostly of men (oh, the hardhips)---stops to put on her lipstick. The woman who even THOUGHT to rescue her lipstick from a sinking vessel. A woman who knows her priorities. Yes, that's Vastine.

Did you think I was joking about the lipstick on the lifeboat full of men? Would I joke about lipstick or men?

I'm a woman hopelessy lost in this decade, who would be hunky dory to be back in those other eras---the 20's, 30's, 40's. Times that were probably not all we've romanticized them to be, but are so vivid and exciting in my imagination.

I look forward to getting to know you. I'll always welcome your input on romance, on writing, on life.

Hope to see you again soon.


Liz said...

really beautiful blog dear! way to go!

by Sarah Lee said...

You are not a simpleton, sweetie. You're awesome. I can't wait to read your characters! I loved your blog!

LJ Garland said...

Hey Vastine-
I hope you'll be writing your m/f stories in those eras. You have a wonderful voice and eye for those details. Love reading your stories!!

Cassie Exline said...

How cool a quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder. I got to tour a home she and Almonzo lived in.

Great blog and I like girly girls, especially since I am one. lol


Vastine Bondurant said...

Liz, thank you for visiting!
I'm excited and looking forward to this adventure!

Vastine Bondurant said...

Aw, thank you, sweet sis Sarah! I'm sure not a fancy one.

Thanks, sweets, for all your support. Always!

Vastine Bondurant said...

Hey, Laura!
That's the plan, sweetie. My passion.
Thanks for your continued support and friendship!

Vastine Bondurant said...

Hey there, Cassie, another fellow girly girl!

And how cool to have toured that home!

Thanks for visiting, sweetie! Hugs back at you!

Sarah Ballance said...

Congratulations on the big launch! I can't wait to see what your new adventure has to offer both you and your readers. Whatever it is, it'll be something special. No doubt about that!

Vastine Bondurant said...

Thank you, Sarah B!
I hope you're right!
And thank you for your support, now and always.

Emmy Ellis said...

I look forward to Vastine! More of your fabulous writing to choose from!


Tara Lain said...

Great blog, Vastine. I'm following. : )

Vastine Bondurant said...

Thank you, sweet Em.
You know, for YOU to like my work is a huge honor. It truly is.

Vastine Bondurant said...

Thank you so much for visiting, Tara! And for following! It's sure is good to see you!

Lisa Alexander Griffin said...

Vastine, good luck with your writing, and I love the look of your new blog!

Real and down-to-earth characters always draw me in. Write from your heart, say what you feel you need to true to you.

Vastine Bondurant said...

Oh, Lisa, you've been there since the beginning and have always been such a dear friend.

Love you, thank you.

Molly Daniels said...

Pout....I'm jealous, Cassie:) On our last trip west, I was fast asleep when we passed DeSmet, ND, and refused to wake up, apparently. Dad told me he was going to stop if I was awake....ah, next time.

Congrats on the blog sweetie:) Alas, I am the complete opposite: Only wear lipstick when 'needing to', and would grab my books first. It's been a joke in our family I'd probably perish in a house fire, saving my computer and my most cherished books first, lol!

Debbie Gould said...

Awesome blog, Vastine. I can't wait to read your new characters! Love the site sweetie, classy as usual!

Vastine Bondurant said...

Hey, Molly!

You know, I forgot about the computer!! LOL. Thanks for reminding me!!


Vastine Bondurant said...

Thank you, Debbie!

Credit goes to our lovely Em for the blog. I DID pick out the sassy girl background, though. LOL...


Janice Seagraves said...

Lovely blog. It looks great.


Vastine Bondurant said...

Janice, thank you so much for visiting!

Joylene said...

Well, girlie girl, it's getting being here for your first launch. Your blog looks nasty. Bet it's going to be a huge success. I'm a country-pumpkin, who appreciates classy broads. Can't wait to see where you're going.

I like flawed characters. They're so much easier to relate to.