I wrote this today at the National Writing Project’s Virtual Writing Marathon. It was the first time that I’ve done one of these marathons and I have to tell you, it was such an uplifting and joyful experience. I’m a solitary creature and I don’t like to let people read my work until I’ve analyzed every sentence multiple times, word-smithing things as I go along through myriad readings. But today, I didn’t do that. I had seven minutes and a prompt. Above is my first time writing under the gun, with a live audience.
I also wrote the beginning of a short story that I’ve been meaning to get around to. And I watched complete strangers read my work before I’d had a chance to refine it. So thank you Corina, Ann, Edmund, and Jen and the organizers of this project because when I saw the smile on the faces of my group members as they read my three paragraphs, I felt like I had finally seen the very human connection that writers want with their readers.
I also found my group members inspiring because not all writing is the same. Some writers have a musicality to their word structure, or an emotional edge, or the ability to find the extraordinary in everyday experiences. I spent ninety minutes writing with strangers today, and I am so much better because of it.
I’ve really been busy during the pandemic. Honest. But I took a week off to go to a vacation spot I’ve been thinking about for a few years now. It’s a tiny coastal village in Massachusetts called Mulligan’s Cove. The people are so friendly and it’s the perfect place for me to put myself in a great mood – even when the whole world is going crazy.
Mulligan’s Cove is really a romantic spot, filled with rocky beaches, stretches of sand dunes, and a harbor. I even have a map that shows all of the places I love to visit. I go there to see friends, catch up on their lives, and lose my own problems and worries for a few days.
And all without leaving my office.
So I know most of you read my Urban Fantasy books, but I’m changing it up right now because I’ve been in Mulligan’s Cove for a while and I decided to just stay there and see what’s going on. This is the perfect time to escape and have a little summer romance out by the ocean.
For your first adventure, I’d like to introduce you to Collin Landry, a local celebrity chef who grew up in Mulligan’s Cove. Everything is going really well for him. His friends are fun and he taking a break from the whole globe-trotting chef scene to guest-chef in the fabulous Harborside restaurant in Mulligan’s Cove.
I think you’ll really love Collin (I do), and when Hollywood Defector Angeline Kent shows up in Mulligan’s Cove, things in the kitchen at Harborside come to a slow simmer that’s going to really be a perfect escape from all of the craziness we’re living in.
So I’d like you to buy your ticket for Wednesday, and spend a while in this beautiful seaside town with me. You know you want to come to the beach and hang out. So let’s make this a memorable summer!