My Late Fall Fernandina Beach Vacay ~ on Amelia Island

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November on Amelia Island

With Hurricane Eta making its way across Florida, my vacay buddy, Christian fiction writer Lynn Wood Rix (writing as Dalyn Woods) and I kept our eye on the weather report.

This year we took our annual vacation/writing retreat in historic Fernandina Beach, on Florida’s Amelia Island and arrived before the storm. BTW, I got two more chapters written in my work-in-progress, LAST DAYS, to be released in late January.

Our vacation condo rental had beach access right across the street. I was very excited about being on Amelia Island because the head of the covert ops organization in my series of novels has his home/compound/headquarters on Amelia Island. Up until now, I’ve determined where his compound is via maps. I couldn’t wait to drive to where I had placed it.

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After we unloaded the car and unpacked, we were famished and drove to OPS, a nearby local Italian restaurant/pizza place. I have no idea what OPS stands for. I should’ve asked but was too hungry to think about that. In any event, I was super pleased. For over a month, I’d been looking all over Jacksonville (my home) for eggplant parmigiana and couldn’t find it. I tried all my fave Italian places, but it had been taken off of the limited Covid-19 menus.

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It seemed so amazing that I had to come to Amelia Island to find real Italian eggplant parm with spaghetti the way an Italian grandmother would make it.

The dish in the back is Lynn’s stuffed shells.

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We didn’t escape Hurricane Eta completely. After it reached Jacksonville, it headed north for Amelia Island and we got 45 – 50 mile per hour winds which did take some tree limbs down. Lynn and I decided that was an excellent time to take a walk on the beach.

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These are the type of boardwalks running from the street to the beach, allowing residents and visitors to walk to the beach. In the distance is haze from the storm. This is facing the ocean which is several miles beyond this.

A Fernandina Hist District

Time spent in Fernandina would be dull without a visit to the picturesque historic district. The streets are lined with shops and restaurants.

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I can’t resist a bookstore.

 

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Then there’s Christmas stores and they make me so happy.  I’ve had several personal tragedies come during the Christmas holiday season and somehow the true spirit of Christmas wraps me in a glow and is a comfort and a joy that overcomes.

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 A true Florida white and blue beach Christmas tree.

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Lynn Woods Rix (writing as Dalyn Woods), my vacay buddy in front of the condo we rented.

 

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Moi at our rented vacay condo complex.

 

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The Last Night of My Own Personal & Private Writer’s Retreat in the Wilds of PA

IMG_1183I went to the lake to say goodbye, as this is the last night of my personal and private writer’s retreat in the wilds of north-west Pennsylvania.

 

It’s been grand. I did a complete read through of my work-in-progress, DEADLY DESIGNS. And I wrote three new chapters. I also got a lot of pool time in. Walking is HUGE here and I did quite a bit of that too.IMG_1185

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My daughter Alyssa got a shot of me in the pool.

 

Tomorrow we drive home. I’ll miss this time and this place.

Beach Bum Writer In Key Largo

The lazy life in Key Largo was extremely condusive to getting some writing done.

We took a family vacation over the Easter vacation and stayed at the Marriott Beach Resort, which was very nice. Beach at the edge of the pool, a good restaurant on site, and great staff.

But most of all, I got a lot of writing done and a good deal of reading as well. Knocked two books off my “to read list” (TRL).

Our hotel parrot. Perhaps I could feature him in a new series…I think a crime spree may be about to hit Key Largo.

A sunset to die for — at our hotel.

Just Back From Five Days In Montauk

As they say, “Montauk is the end.” It’s a fairly rustic resort town (not as chic as it’s South Hampton and East Hampton neighbors further inland…the town’s actually got a working harbor with shrimp boats going out at night). This “east end” town has the Atlantic Ocean on its south side and Long Island Sound to the north. After several very stressful months, however, we thought of it in another way they also say: “Montauk is the last resort.” I actually bought that bumper sticker for my SUV. One of the great things for me was that in the quiet of the early morning I got some great Bible study in.

 

This week’s police blotter in Dan’s Paper (not surprised I’d be reading the police blotter on my vacation?) had the report that in one of the east end towns a woman broken into a beach house. The owner found her asleep on his couch and waking her, she said she just needed to sleep (probably drank too much in one of the east end bars). So, the owner let her sleep. In the morning she took the entire family out for breakfast. That’s soooooo not like the Big Apple, where we live. Darling Husband and I were tossing around ideas at the pool and I said I could envision a crime wave hitting Montauk…a fictional one, that is, I’d love to write as a series.

Montauk is known for it’s sunsets and that’s one of the things my other half and I really love about the place. Sooooo romantic.