When mystery story enthusiasts see something like this, as I did on my recent Caribbean cruise, all sorts of possibilities pop to mind. Because we’re never really on vacation. I like to call it getting away.
Getting away is an important part of a writer’s life (or anyone’s, for that matter) on account of the 3 R’s:
For the last several years, I have been “studying” the fine art of getting away, and this cruise was my latest installment. My conclusion? Everyone needs a get-away every once in a while. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It could be as simple as watching a movie or enjoying happy hour while the babysitter takes care of the kids. It could be a virtual journey with a good book, a day on the slopes, a weekend camping trip, or two weeks in Timbuktu.
A good get-away, in my opinion, boils down to the following requirements:
- A break from the routine.
- A change in scenery.
- An environment where you can make personal discoveries, either navel gazing by yourself or connecting with your favorite people–no plugging into devices allowed!
Get-aways come in all types of packages, depending on your needs. Personally, I need to get away in the winter to someplace warm and sunny. Now, don’t get me wrong–I love winter snow and roaring fireplaces. But getting away from the routine and seeing something completely different for a while helps me love my routine even more, because I am recharged, refueled, and relaxed.
Who do you think the hanging feet belong to?
- a hapless victim from the cabin on the deck above
- a villain trying to break into the cabin above to steal a diamond as big as a strawberry, or
- a window washer