Passion: Hot, Hot, Hot!

I was absent from the blog last week because I was indulging in one of my passions:  cruising the Caribbean (in winter).

The key here is winter.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love playing in the snow in my home state of Colorado, but I also love to occasionally trade in the cold for hot, hot, hot.  Maybe this comes from my youth, having lived in Brazil.  I’ve never quite gotten the tropics out of my blood.  Cruises let me sample some of the reasons why the Caribbean is one of my passions:


Blue water

I spent hours staring at the water, trying to capture its shades of blue with my paints.  I couldn’t, although a mixture of Winsor blue (green shade) and viridian came pretty close.  This may have looked like laziness to the outside observer, but it was actually a restful form of meditation. Writers need that.


Tourists and snow bunnies aren’t the only ones passing through the Caribbean.  This time of year humpback whales travel from Greenland to breed in the bay of Samaná, in the Dominican Republic.  They were feeling playful around us as they spouted, breached, and dove under our small, guided boat.  Writers need to be playful, too.


I learned that in Bonaire there are more flamingos than people.  Who knew?  I learned in Aruba that monarch butterflies don’t migrate—they’re happy enough where they are.  Writers need to find surprises.

Cheerful color

Caribbean colors speak to me.  Their buildings are painted in pastels of pink, blue, green, and yellow.  I love color, and my paint teachers are always telling me to tone it down.  Sometimes writers have to be wild and daring.


A festive air

Carnival parades and steel drums make everyone want to dance.  Happy, happy, happy!  Writers need some of that, too.

All of these examples—meditation, play, surprises, cheer—help to recharge my energy.  Is there a special place like this for you, too?


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Author: sue star

Sue Star writes mysteries about families in chaos. She is the author of the Nell Letterly series, about a single mom who teaches karate to support her teenage daughter. Sue also writes suspense with a touch of romance in exotic settings.

13 thoughts on “Passion: Hot, Hot, Hot!”

  1. We must be sisters from the same Mysterista — because I love the Caribbean in winter. And I love whales! My dream is to retire on an island — anywhere with blue water and no snow.


  2. I have extremely fond memories of the time I spent in Puerto Rico and St. Croix back in 1995/1996. And the time stretched over Christmas and New Year’s so I got to experience some great carnivals. I like the mountains of western PA in the summer, but yeah. I’d love me some Caribbean time right about now!


  3. Kimberly, this time we had the best whale experience ever. And I’m there with ya on that retirement island!

    I’d say it’s time for you to return, Mary!

    You’re welcome, Sam. I’m looking out my window at a snow bank–brrr!


  4. Beautiful! I took a cruise to the Caribbean a long time ago and it is indeed gorgeous. Full of colors you don’t see in Colorado. My indulgent place is still the beach — there’s just something about those crashing waves that soothes — but now it’s along the Oregon coast rather than the tropics. I’m sure the fact my daughter and SIL live there doesn’t have anything to do with it! ;-D


  5. Glad you had a wonderful vacation. I have visited the Caribbean only once, but it was a fantastic trip. Perhaps I should go again!!!!

    Oh, and there is no snow here; it will be 80 today. Hot time in So. CAL. LOVE it.


  6. True, Becky, colors are unique to a place. The Oregon coast is another of my favorite places, with different colors.

    Cynthia, I’m glad I could provide a virtual vacation!

    Yes, 3 no 7, definitely go again!! You get some fantastic reading time in deck chairs!


  7. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures, Sue! It looks like you had an amazing and replenishing trip. I’m heading to the beach next week and, if possible, you’ve made me even more excited to get my vacation started! 😉


  8. Gorgeous photos, Sue. I am jealous, and I live in South Florida! There is something wonderful about the air in the Caribbean. It’s instant relaxation. You’ll have to share some of your paintings.


  9. You’re welcome, Peg and Kate. It’s hard to come home and get back to work, but at least I feel energized now. Enjoy your beach, Kate!

    So true, Kait, about something wonderful in the Caribbean air. If I ever paint anything worthy of sharing, I will do so. That blue is so elusive.


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