Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside

Yes, indeed. Imagine that tune playing as you read along. We spent a glorious, and not too rainy week, on the Oregon Coast, courtesy of my in-laws who built their beach house a couple of decades ago.

And what a week it was. (If you are interested in me as a person and not only as a mere dangerous writer who looks like a typewriter, you can check up on our goings-on on my wife's blog, Every Day is a Miracle.)

First, I got to take a siesta on my birthday. It made me want to be Spanish. Then, there were the myriad celebrations of me. There was also lots of reading, and the writing came pouring out.

Is it just me, or does sea air do something to the writing brain? As well as increasing the word count on my WIP, I wrote two new short stories!!

Here's my question for you, dear readers: Do you write more freely when away from home? And where do you find your muse is most frisky: the beach, the mountains, Las Vegas?

Postscript of joy: When I got home I found I'd won two blog contests. One, at Shannon Messenger's, for a

copy of Brandon Mull's A World Without Heroes (Beyonders) and the other at Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents' blog for a copy of Lisa and Laura Roecker's The Liar Society

Now, in honor of the pink-wigged girl, I have to change my typewriter avatar to this:


  1. Mountains. I can get so much writing done when exposed to fresh mountain air. Someday I need a writing cabin.

  2. Thanks for the blog plug! And as for winning, you are ON A ROLL!

  3. I hope sea air is good for the writing process because we'll be 'beside the seaside' next week! Glad you had a good time.

  4. The beach is the only place I truly relax...
    Happy birthday Michael! :) It's been a while since I was here... I never heard from our Micro-fiction leader, but I shrunk back from the idea of hosting after others in our group started their own Micro-fictions. Doing this now seemed like I was jumping on the bandwagon, and it didn't feel right. If I ever I come up with a unique idea, I will let you know...

  5. Definitely by the sea and rough weather helps too.

    Your wife's blog is wonderful; you are one talented family!

  6. I write better at home. When we're off somewhere it's usually a family thing and I don't have any time to myself. So glad your muse accompanied you!

  7. I'm from Seattle, originally, and as beautiful as Puget Sound is, even I can admit that there is nothing like the Oregon Coast.

    Coos Bay, Tillamook, Neskowin, Cannon Beach. I could go on.


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