Upcoming Writing Weekend!

I’ve really taken to having writing weekends, but especially weekends away, if possible, so that I can have different surroundings than I’m used to and get inspired. This month I’m going to be staying in a bed and breakfast room that has Victorian era-style wallpaper! Perfect inspiration – you’ll see why below. I’ll be seeing some friends I haven’t seen in years, so it will be an exciting weekend all around. My only fear is that the time will go by too quickly.

I’ve put some goals together so that I don’t forget to do anything while I’m there and I don’t come away kicking myself for not accomplishing enough on the writing side of things:

1. Start a short story for the Get Down With The #Awethors anthology. I have two or three solid ideas for this, but I’d like to try each of them out and pick one this weekend.

2. Write at least one major scene from Victorian era novel, Anatomy of a Darkened Heart. I’ve already printed a list of scenes that need to be written so that I can choose whatever suits me at the moment.

3. Outline some more of the secondary WIP. There’s so much running around in my head right now with that storyline, and a lot of it is specific, which makes me afraid that I’ll lose it if I don’t get it all down ASAP.

4. Write a little bit on every floor of a particular library I love. More on this in my homecoming blog post…

5. Film a little something that I’m not going to tell you about yet. 🙂

I think these goals are achievable since I’ll have Friday evening and most of Saturday to accomplish them. Sunday is mostly dedicated to other activities. With my brain heavily focused on all these goals, I don’t doubt I can complete all of them – as long as I concentrate and don’t spend time on the Turner Classic Movie channel. That channel is so distracting…

I’ll be tweeting and Facebooking while I’m there to keep in touch and let you know how it’s going! I like sharing my experiences with all of you. 🙂 I will be spotty on email, but I’ll get back to you upon my return.

Wish me luck!

Picture Tour through a Victorian Weekend Getaway House!

I promised in my Characters’ Psychologies video that I’d show you the Victorian house I’m staying in, so here are some great inspirational highlights from it. Hope they inspire you too!

Victorian house bedroom

Let’s start in the beautiful bedroom I’m sleeping in. Maroon walls, pink bed covers and pillows, and a chest with a story to tell. Ideal for me!

bedside lamp

The lamp at my bedside is perfect for reading. Each milk glass section lights individually and together to give you exactly the amount of light you want. The ambient lighting is also great for late-night writing in a notebook.

bedroom chest view

 

Damaged chest, perfect bed. Stories are in the making!

 

mirror and bureau

 

Little corner of cute.

 

glass doorknob

 

The beautiful glass doorknob and lock on my door.

 

hallway light

 

Let’s move out to the hallway. At night, this is the lamp that just barely lights the hallway.

 

blue flowers

 

My mom’s room is more of a beach theme (the place we’re staying is by the beach), so it’s a white and blue room. The owners of the house put these lovely blue and white flowers in her room as a finishing touch. I just think they’re so pretty!

 

blue room glass doorknob

 

Blue room glass doorknob. I love the contrast of colors.

 

child's view

 

A child’s view of the same doorknob. The slightly open door suggests a lot of possibilities to me. I also think the light blue on white seems very innocent.

 

damaged chest

 

Back to my room for a minute. I love this damaged chest so much!

 

lock

 

The paint is chipped away but the secrets remain intact.

 

darkened light

 

There is always light in the darkness.

 

self-portrait

 

Writer as photographer.

 

stairs

 

Let’s go downstairs.

 

mirror

 

Mirror mirror…
lion

 

This regal lion oversees the family room. He tops off a piece of furniture called a hall tree that acts as a chair, a mirror, and a coat hanger. It’s seriously unique.

 

carving detail

 

Beautiful carving details on the same piece of furniture as the lion.

 

lamp

 

The dining room is always dim, and at night this light casts an eerie glow over the wooden dining room table.

 

banister

 

Possibilities…

 

dramatic

And for the finale, something dramatic.

I hope you enjoyed this tour! This place keeps my motivation and productivity high. Do you have a place that does that same for you?