We Could be Anywhere. . .

footprint.jpgBren and I are still at the beach. We’ve been out of the house exactly once, and probably won’t leave it again until we’re ready to take off for home on Thursday. That’s because we’ve been working up a storm! I came up with my brand new idea. I have loads and loads of details to work out, but I think it’s going to be a moving, intriguing and surprising story. We’ve brainstormed every evening and helped each other sort through the snags. Tomorrow I hope to come up with a working title (oh, no! Not again!) and get the basic storyline down in a couple of nice, neat pages. We’ll see how that goes. Already I can see I have some heavy duty research to do and it’s always a balancing act as to how much of the story I can come up with before the research is complete and vice versa.

Now, for something completely different and utterly inane. I snatched the footprint (legally, I might add) off the web. Is it concave or convex? It’s making me a little crazy!


  1. Gina on September 23, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Yay for new ideas Diane! You go girl! Can’t wait to hear more about it.

  2. Margo on September 24, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Can’t wait to hear what you’ve come up with Diane!…the beach always inspires, right? I think the footprint is convex…it just doesn’t seem to me like it’s embedded in the sand…so, how did they do it?…not it’s driving me crazy too! (-:

  3. Denise on September 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    You go, girl!

  4. brenda on September 24, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Margo-am reading BLUE Bistro again-library finally got it for me-I read it while I was in Florida.
    Good Luck Diane…I am excited too.

  5. Margo on September 25, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Brenda, with your hectic schedule I don’t know how you do it but am so happy you do find the time to read for pleasure…BLUE BISTRO was a fav of mine from Hilderbrand and I’ll probably re-read it also.

  6. Gina on September 25, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I admire you guys for re-reading books. That’s just something I can’t do. There are just way too many new books out there for me to read. I have loads of friends that re-read books though.
    Anyone going to see the movie Nights at Rodanthe this weekend? That’s Nicholas Sparks book turned movie. I hope they do a better job than they did with The Notebook movie. The Notebook is one of my all time favorite books and I didn’t care for the movie.

  7. Diane Chamberlain on September 25, 2008 at 9:07 am

    We’re leaving the beach this morning, as soon as this nor’easter lets up a little. It’s been blowing this house-on-stilts around all night long. I’ve never been at the NC coast during a major storm and I have to say, all the characters I’ve created who live on the barrier islands are CRAZY!

  8. Margo on September 25, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Gina, I agree that THE NOTEBOOK was a far better book than the movie…same with MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE. From the previews it almost looks like the movie NIGHTS IN RODANTHE might be BETTER than the book!…after all, how can anyone go wrong with Richard Gere! (-:

  9. Denise on September 25, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Gina, I’m like you…I don’t reread books. I always have so many waiting to be read that I don’t have time to reread any.
    Diane, have a safe trip home! Now you *really* have a good feel for all of those characters who weather the storms in those houses. Lol!

  10. brenda on September 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    I want to see the movie but might have company this weekend to celebrate a birthday-yours truly…(family)…
    As to rereading-if I don’t reread all of Diane’s each year, I feel lost…she is my security blanket.
    Margo-email me about Blue Bistro-I have questions.
    I think the two main characters should be great in the movie…What was the movie (book by N. Sparks) that had Paul Newman?
    Also-one of my students who is just finishing Before the Storm for her report due on Wed. (not a book report-she is answering high level questions) told the class today, “THIS SHOULD BE A MOVIE!!!!!!”
    Way to go Diane…I truly know that this book of Diane’s is a crossover book…generations…

  11. dianna on September 25, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I am now reading Secret life of CeeCee Wilkes. Is there a sequel to this? I heard it was Beautiful Lie, but I cannot find it anywhere. Thank you. Dianna

  12. Denise on September 26, 2008 at 12:21 am

    No, Dianna, there isn’t a sequel to CeeCee but I sure wish there would be (hint hint, Diane…).

  13. Margo on September 26, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Brenda, I sent you an e-mail about BLUE BISTRO…let me know your questions. Paul Newman was the father of Kevin Costner in MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE.

  14. Diane Chamberlain on September 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Dianna, welcome to the blog. I’m so glad you enjoyed CeeCee! I’m afraid there is no sequel, though. (A Beautiful Lie is the title of the same book in Australia).
    Brenda, I love that your students can relate to Before the Storm. I hope the student who thinks it should be a movie knows a producer! LOL.

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