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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Using Personal Experience

Now up to page 15. Not too bad for a day which must also see household chores get done before the workweek begins again.

Back in the 90's, my husband and I made several trips to Florida on vacation, usually centered around Miami Beach. But we also made it a point to get out of the city and see more of what the state has to offer. One of those outward excursions was an air boat ride and tour of the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. While the current story does not have anything to do with the Reservation, Tracy's first stop on her new adventure takes her into the region, and I dug into my memories to incorporate them into her experience. She rides an air boat through the swampy Everglades region, and I recalled how loud one of those boats was even with earplugs inserted. I tried to recall and capture the feeling of heat and humidity, the sounds, the sights. It sometimes amazes me with how little effort I can bring it all back.

And in the middle of the reality that I remember, I get to invent the stage for the mystery about to unfold.

On a side note, I sent an email to my publisher regarding "The Changeling Kill." Hopefully, the ebook will be underway before long.

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