Monday, August 16, 2010

Revisions and Riesling

When I was researching The Pirates' Reckoning, a lot of time was spent at the library and book stores. When I began writing it, I spent a lot of time at Starbucks. It is such a great place to zone out and write. But what do you do when you reach a roadblock?Writer's block.

A rush trip to Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. There is something so soothing about the pounding surf and the squawking gulls and the foggy mist setting in at night. Salt settles on the paint of the car and slimy bird droppings dribble down the windshield. A bowl of clam chowder at Mo's and a glass of Riesling on the deck lend that extra push to kick-start the sluggish mind.

On Sunday morning I had breakfast at a restaurant with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the ocean. It was in that restaurant I first saw the kaleidoscope of rainbow color as the morning sun lit the spindrift floating over windblown waves. Yesterday, while sipping my mimosa, I saw a whale spout, breach and plunge back in, flipping his tail like a lover waves to a departing train.

I got a lot of rewrite done over an extended weekend. But then I took a drive to Newport. There is a lot happening in Newport, but something made me want to write about ghost ships, and zombies.
Next book.


  1. My dad and his 3 siblings grew up in Lincoln City. It was where my grandmother lived until a few years ago so we vacationed there a lot. We still go crabbing in Newport and visit the garage sales at Rogue Brewery. The beach is one of the few places my wife stops to meditate. Love it.

  2. That place looks AWESOME. Love the pictures. Especially the last picture - I miss living next to the ocean. Now I just live in the middle of nowhere. *eye roll*

    I'm glad the rewriting went well! :)

  3. Dr. Goose,

    Do any of your relatives own a place in Belize? I really think your family and I could become great friends.


    I'm about a 2.5 hour drive from the coast. I think that is the limit. Anything further than that and I'd become morose.


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