Finally! #NotesFromTheRiver is Resuming!


This Guy Would Love to See You There!
(Note: This is an alligator, honest. No crocs up here.  😀 )

I’ve been unable to keep up with all my blogging due to everything that’s been going on since Irma came a-calling, but I am starting back up with one of my favorite things: my nature blog for St. Johns River Eco Tours. Today’s post on #NotesFromThe River is about an upcoming event a week from Saturday. (January 13) Hope you’ll check it out and share far and wide, and if any of you are in the central Florida area, hope you’ll consider coming to see Doug and I at DeBary Hall Historic Site for this fun program.  Thanks for helping spread the word.

#NotesFromTheRiver – Presentations, Photography, and Information, Oh, My!

#InspirationBoardSunday #SundayBlogShare

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A Narrow, Black Water Stream, Chock Full of Mystery

Those of you who have been following The Write Stuff for very long, know that I believe in inspiration boards. The walls around my computer area are covered in cork, where I pin photos and illustrations to inspire me as I write. Actors or models who look the way I picture my characters, animals that might factor into my books, and lots and lots of scenery. Whether it’s an awe-inspiring shot taken from a mountaintop in North Carolina, where my Wake-Robin Ridge series is set, or a dramatic image of an alligator, basking on the banks  of the  St. Johns River, where my Riverbend series is set, you’ll find it within sight of my work space. Whole scenes have been written, based on ideas that come to me from photos.

If you’ve never collected images for inspiration, I highly recommend you give it a try. In the meantime, here are some of the images I surround myself with when I’m working on my Riverbend series, set here in central Florida. Enjoy! And be inspired! 🙂

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For many of us, nothing is quite so full of inspiration as an animal. (Witness the ten kajillion online photos and videos on YouTube). They touch us in our daily lives, teach us how to enjoy the world, and surprise us with their beauty, strength, and grace. Why not let more of them inspire us in our writing?

I enjoy including animals in all of my books. My characters have pets that immediately say something about who they are. From the enigmatic MacKenzie Cole’s sole companion, an Irish wolfhound named Rosheen . . .

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To make up for being gone so long, I’m taking you on a short photo tour today. Enjoy!!
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Inspiration can come from anywhere or anyone.
I’m inspired by lush habitat and scenery. 

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I’m equally inspired by wildlife and birds.

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Baby alligators, last year’s and newer hatchlings.

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Sometimes I’m inspired by things I’ll probably never see in the wild.

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Albino alligator. Wanna dance?

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Inspiration! It’s all around us!
All we have to do is open our eyes and unstop our ears.
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"Kelly Park, Apopka, Florida"

#InspirationBoardSunday – #AppalachianMountains #FloridaRivers

Doubling up today. Make might that a habit for this new feature. That way you can be TWICE as inspired! 🙂
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Sometimes my inspiration comes from the nearly overwhelming beauty of an Appalachian Spring. (Great name for a symphony, Mr.  Copland!)

And sometimes it comes from the close observation of the plants and wildlife of the
St. Johns  River, including basking alligators, and turtles like this one, which knows when the alligator’s hungry, and when it’s not.DSCN1991

Meet the Author Tour Today!

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Car’s all packed, and I’m ready to go. As soon as my cover designer, Nicki Forde, gets here, we’re off for an afternoon of fun, wildlife observation, and book talk! What could be better? Thank you to everyone who shared my posts about this event. We have a great group signed up, and I can’t wait to meet them all!

Hopefully, I’ll have some good pictures to share when I get back. Have a great Saturn’s Day, you guys. Oh, and if you’re interested, there are still some openings on Tuesday’s tour, 4/28, 1:30pm.  You can book here: St. Johns River Eco Tours.

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Graphics Goodie

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Taking a break from yard work. It’s so stinkin’ hot out there today, I was getting dizzy. So, came in and made this, just for fun. Please feel free to share! 🙂 In fact, if you haven’t shared anything in recent days, I encourage you to scroll through the last week’s posts and share to your heart’s content. We will all appreciate it, and we’ll do the same for you. Have a great rest of the weekend!