Fueling The Muse

There’s nothing more relaxing than a beach vacation – if it’s done right. One of those vacations where there’s no time schedule and no hustle and bustle of seeing the sights can certainly fuel the writing muse, especially when you’re just worn slap out!

This last year and half since selling my first book has been rough! The seven-day a week grind of running a horse farm, working a full-time job, giving lessons and judging horse shows and then trying to compete as well is a full load in itself that stretches the days to their limit. Then, when you add building and keeping up all the social media work involved in promoting your book and yourself as an author, not to mention actually writing, it leaves a person a little overwhelmed. I needed a break. My writing needed a break!

By coincidence, actually it was really divine intervention, I had the opportunity to go on a girls trip to Perdido Key, Florida for five days. No time clocks to punch – or any clock for that matter, no forty-five minute commute, no animals that have to be fed, no stalls to clean, no dinners to make or laundry to do. Five days of just getting up whenever, doing whatever we wanted to do when we wanted to do it, and just relax.

On a side note, the sad part is we still got up by 7am every morning and I was in bed as early as 8:30pm a couple of nights. Old habits die-hard! The good thing is that it really didn’t matter – the goal was to rest and relax.

These are the condos where we stayed.

These are the condos where we stayed.

The view from our balcony.

The view from our balcony.

We got there on Monday evening so it wasn’t crowded at all — needless to say we hit the beach first thing and this is how we spent Tuesday….

Morning view...

Morning view…

Afternoon view...

Afternoon view…

We did manage to get out and see the Pensacola Lighthouse

Pensecola Lighthouse

Pensacola Lighthouse

Interestingly enough, my friend Nancy and I are both terrified of heights. We thought we could handle it until we saw the thin little scrolled stairs that you could see through. Needless to say, our hands were plastered to the walls and railing! Our legs were sore the next couple of days as well!

I did learn that the keepers at the lighthouse would carry a five gallon bucket of oil up the stairs every two hours. Knowing what it’s like to carry water to the horses in the winter sometimes, I can’t imagine having to carry oil up that many stairs every couple of hours, seven days a week!

Not a great pic looking down from the stairs -- my hands were shaking!

Not a great pic looking down from the stairs — my hands were shaking!

Going up... there's not a lot of room!

Going up… there’s not a lot of room!

I will say the view from the top was worth the trip!

View from the top

View from the top

I did manage to get some writing in. Shortly after lunch each day, I took a few minutes to write… or take a nap!

Writing & napping

Writing & napping

My best writing however happened in the evenings. After supper, I would go to the beach with my computer and a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. If that won’t fuel the romance muse, I don’t know what will!

All in all, I managed to get not quite two chapters written on my romance, The Searching Place. My goal is to get it finished by December. We’ll see how that goes – I may have to take another vacation!

In the meantime, I have a new paranormal short story, Winds On Indian Mound, that’s coming out today in the horror anthology, Now I Lay Me  Down To Sleep – 10 Supernatural Bedtime Stories. It’s already hit the Best Sellers list just from pre-orders. Looks like the promo work isn’t going to end any time soon!

What do you do to fuel your muse?