Let’s Talk Vacations! #LoveChatWrite Blog Hop

Welcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived from A. S. Fenichel’s blog, hi, and thanks for joining me!

This week’s we’re talking vacations. 

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I love summer. I love the sun beating down, I love the sound of the gulls overhead, I love the warm ocean lapping at my feet and the feeling of sand between my toes.

Sadly, it’s quite hard to get that experience in Essex, UK. Unless you count Southend — which does have a beach of kinds, not to mention the longest pleasure pier in the world (the best claim to fame ever). But sadly the water there is anything but warm, and I’m more likely to feel rain plastering my hair to my head than the blissful rays of the sun.

Case in point – I was at the seafront in Southend yesterday. Here’s the pic I took. Welcome to the British summer.

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Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK

This is pretty much why I start planning our family vacations in January. Because we need something to look forward to! This year we will be vacationing in Italy, first spending ten days on the banks of Lake Garda. Looks kind of lovely doesn’t it? And a bit of a contrast to the UK.

Aerial view from Scaglieri castle on Lake Garda and town of Sirmione in Italy.

Lake Garda

Our lakeside visit will be followed by a few days exploring Venice. As an author (and loving wife 😉 ) the idea of a few days in the city of lovers appeals to me. Especially as we’ll be dragging two reluctant teenagers around with us! Ah the romance…

Beautiful water street - Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Venice

So the big question is will I be writing when on holiday? I guess the truism is that writers never take a vacation, we’re too busy soaking everything up for that. But the good thing is that the whole reason we’re vacationing in Italy this year is because I spent most of January researching the country to write a book, and fell in love with it. Though I can’t tell you much about the book yet, it is a romance (of course) set in a beautiful villa on the banks of Lake Como. George Clooney’s favourite hideout. As soon as I looked into the beauty of the country, the magnificence of the food, and the fact the sun actually shone there in the summer, I was hooked. So while I’m there I’ll be checking everything out, to make sure I’ve described it accurately. I suspect I’ll need to eat a lot of ice creams just to make sure!

How about you? Are you going anywhere nice this year? And by the way, despite my miserable picture, Southend on Sea on a warm day is a wonderful place to visit. So if you have no other plans, jump on a train and come down there. I’ll meet you on the pier with a bag of chips.

Now let’s hop over to Leslie Hachtel’s blog to see what she thinks of vacations. And when you’re done there, don’t forget to check out some of her books!
 Until next time,

Carrie Pink

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Photo credits: Depositphotos & authors own.

Where I write… #LoveChatWrite Blog Hop

Welcome to this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly Blog Hop. If you’ve arrived from Victoria Barbour’s blog, hi, and thanks for joining me!

This week’s topic comes from author Brenda Margriet – and we’re talking about our perfect writing space.

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One of the best things about being a writer is the versatility of it all. Unlike my previous jobs which involved being tied into a location — whether that be an office, a factory or a shop — when you’re a writer, the world really is your oyster. I’ve written in so many places it’s hard to keep track. In the kitchen, the dining room, in bed, in the garden; and that’s just in my own home. As long as I have a pen and paper (or in my case a Macbook) I can pretty much write wherever I go.

Last year on vacation I spent an hour a day writing on our beautiful patio overlooking the pool. That was pretty memorable, and I have to admit that it may be my ideal place.

I also spent a day last year writing at Hampton Court Palace. Once the home of Henry VIII (and many of his wives!) writing in the beautiful gardens gave me a sense of history and longevity that made me feel energised.

On a normal (!) day, I’ll mostly write in my dining room. Here’s a picture of my space here:

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One of the things I love about writing in my dining room is the sense of light and space it gives me. I have a lovely view of the garden here, and can watch the birds, the cats, and my dog chasing around on the grass. I’m also within easy reach of the kitchen, which means coffee on tap – a must for writing days!

I also like the fact that I have a big table to spread out on. The wooden surface is usually covered in sheets of paper — character bios, locations, story plots etc. And then at the end of the day I’ll gather it all together and put on the shelf behind me, ready to serve up dinner to the masses, a real one-stop shop.

Of course, the real question is, where would my ideal writing spot be. For me there’s no question. It has to be hot, needs a good view, and most of all it needs to be comfortable. A cabana on a tropical beach springs to mind. Preferably one that has waiter service (with cocktails on tap in the afternoon). Now I just need to win the lottery!

Beach Cabana on a maldivian island

Now let’s hop over to S.C. Mitchell’s blog to see where he likes to write. And when you’re done there, don’t forget to check out some of his books!

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 Until next time,

Carrie Pink

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Photo credits: Depositphotos & authors own.