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:
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.
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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