Here’s one of my favorite travel photos ever. And it’s an auto timer shot with my Cannon balanced on the roof of my Beetle! Road trips offer up so many unexpected pleasures, like Tagwotee Pass (elevation 9,658′) near Dubois, Wyoming. Heading toward Grand Teton, I was suddenly surrounded by the splendor of thousands of wildflowers…in July! One of those surreal experiences you couldn’t plan!
I don’t necessarily seek out celebs as inspiration for my characters. For gritty girl of the streets Highway Child a famous face wouldn’t do. I have no idea who this woman is that I chose to represent H.C. in my kooky head:
But whoever she is, she struck a cord in me out of hundreds of faces that came up when I searched for “young women with long black hair.”
Read about Highway Child and her naughty friends in Girls Gone Groupie and Gunning for Groupie Gold, available on my Books page.
Writers have different techniques for searching out inspiration. When I started writing my Girls of Glam Rock Series three years ago it was important for me to find images of my characters to inspire me and to have in my head while I was writing about them. For second generation groupie Dandelion Dagger I chose this image:
The woman in the picture is Audrina Patridge. The bikini is just as important as the long, dark hair and come-hither look. Thanks for the inspiration, Audrina!
Read about Dandelion and her naughty friends in Girls Gone Groupie, available on my Books page.
As a chronic road tripper I’m used to seeing the states go by pretty quickly. But I’m not sure I’ve ever hit six of them in a single weekend! It all started in Massachusetts. I have to count my home state, right? Friday morning I jumped in my car to head to…
Well, I was just passing through on my way to White Mountains of New Hampshire, where my friend Kathy got the perfect shot of me getting the perfect shot:
That’s Artist’s Bluff, by the way. Nice hike. I spent the night in a camper for the first time in my life before going home the following afternoon. Sunday I took the train through Connecticut to New York City, and my first order of biz was to walk a little bridge in Washington Heights, named after some President.
The George Washington Bridge passes from New York to New Jersey. That was my sixth state in three days: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey!
I finished the day in gorgeous Fort Tryon Park:
The road home took me back through Connecticut to Massachusetts. And that completed my six state weekend!
That’s what I am, that’s the kind of life I lead, that’s who I write about. Hail to all the strong women out there getting what they want!
No matter how much you love doing something, sometimes you have to get away from it. Yesterday was my day to leave things behind for a little while.
Every teacher has a time of the school year that it’s hardest for them to get through. For me, it’s the beginning, from September to Thanksgiving, because I can’t get too far away from home. So I take small trips, like this one to Newport, RI, with my friend Kathy. I left writing and posting behind for the day, too. Needed it!
Me? A plotter? Well, I try like heck! But the truth of the matter is, I just run with it and everything usually turns out fine. At the very least it’s never boring. Because what could be worse than boring? 😉