The Pledge: Day Three's a Winner

 anchorTonight’s picture: a threesome for day three. An anchor, a lighthouse, and a swordfish. So much fun to drive through the island and see the lights!

I woke up this morning feeling great! The bed here is like a slab of granite, but we put  2 inches of memory foam on top and what a difference. I’m a new person! I took the dogs out at daybreak, not realizing it was all of about 28 degrees on the beach, so we didn’t last long, but it was still lovely. Then I got down to work.

Writing fiction is an amazing process. I know my characters so well and I know the story inside out. Yet, when I start writing a scene, I suddenly discover new secondary characters, the  houses I’ve only vaguely imagined suddenly become homes, and the emotions described in my outline are suddenly etched into the faces of people I’m coming to care about. I filled eight pages today, and I’m very pleased.

It warmed up this afternoon and the dogs and I played on the beach. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t let them off leash, but we were the onlyhappy dogs three souls for as far as I could see, so I let them run and you can see they had a great time. I did too: I found a perfect starfish, nearly a foot across! So beautiful. John, feet warm in his Wellies,  spent all afternoon bent over in the cold as he took pictures of shells in the breakwater. I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

 I can’t believe we have only one more full day here, but for now I’m living in the moment. Which reminds me. . . I have another snippet of time before bed, so I’d better get to work.


  1. Margo on December 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Diane, Oh how I love this adventure you’re on!…this is exactly the kind of life I love…being at the Beach in winter, walking doggies near the shore…watching the gorgeous lights at nite…not a soul around…the only difference, I’d be painting and you are writing. These lights are spectacular!…you have no idea how much these pics bring back memories for me. The last picture I love so much with Jet & Keeper…that scene looks like Nantucket.
    So glad you’re feeling good again & your accomplishing SO MUCH!!…8 MORE PAGES!!…if I were you, I stayed at the beach house a while longer. (-O:

  2. Ann on December 30, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    OH MY GOSH – now I am homesick for Topsail!! Love the picture of Keeper and Jet.

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