Good morning, all!
I’m just gonna say it.
I can be a complete space cadet sometimes. I’m silly…and don’t mean to be. A few writer friends and I met for a writing retreat this week. I laughed so hard my face hurts.
For the duration, I actually felt normal because there were others like me on the trip. Thankfully, there were a couple sane ones among the bunch who provided adult supervision for the rest. Ha!
Don’t we look like fun? :-)
I’m happy to report that we left Myrtle Beach still standing. It would be a great setting for a romance novel. :-) I’d like to inflict some of the incidents on my characters. :-)
For instance, we somehow got lost going from the airport to the condo. Understandable except it’s nearly a straight shot down one road. Literally, we drove 40 miles out of the way. Still not sure how that happened. We spent another five miles trying to gather courage to call and ask the others already there how to get home (at least our home for the week.)
We arrived at the condo well after dark. People were sleeping. So what do I do? Nearly push the fire alarm rather than the elevator button! Thankfully one of the gals with me intercepted my finger before it woke up everyone in the neighborhood.
One afternoon, one of the gals and I were strolling along the surf and she dropped her glasses. As she swooped down to pick them up…so did a determined sea gull. She barely got to her glasses before the bird did. We laughed so hard and wondered what would’ve become of her glasses had the gull got ’em.
Do you like driving out of town? Or does it cause anxiety? Do you like flying? Would you rather drive or take a train? We were cackling like a bunch of hens upon seeing one another. I think the airport people were glad to be rid of us. Who in your life makes you laugh the most and why? Tell stories! :-)
Adding to the fellowship and fun was a pod of dolphins that came to play in the ocean right in front of us every day! This was very cool research and an unexpected blessing from God since I have a beach-themed series that features a heroine who is a therapy dolphin handler.
Lots of stories will come out of this trip. What a blessing!
I watched a couple, who I imagined were honeymooners, playing Frisbee on the beach. An older man walked by with his Beagle. But…you see…that dog wanted that Frisbee and tried his best to break free and get it.
My mind automatically jumped into a chain reaction of “What ifs…”
What if a romance hero was walking his dog on a beach? What if his dog breaks free and runs down the beach only to come back with the heroine’s business-branded Frisbee?
What if a sea gull swooped in and swiped a sentimental item from a heroine strolling along the beach…only to drop it at the hero’s feet a mile down the beach? What would the item be? What was engraved on it? How would the hero discover who it belonged to? How does he return it?
What if a single dad hero’s daughter pushes the wrong button at a hotel, bringing the firefighter heroine in with her crew? What if the man bakes cookies with his daughter and they take them to the FD in apology? What if the cookies give the heroine an anaphylactic reaction to something she didn’t know she was allergic to right in front of him…and he’s a doctor?
You see how stories are “sparked?”
Thank you for joining me (and the inside of my sometimes-strange brain) today!
Have you experienced anything on vacation that you think would make a cute first meeting for a book hero & heroine? Do share! I’d love to hear all about it!