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Beaufort, NC Research Trip

I’m in beautiful, charming Beaufort (NC, not SC, which I understand has equal charm), the partial setting for my work-in-progress. I’m here for three days and I wish it could be three weeks. I’m splitting my time between writing and familiarizing myself with the area (and, of course, the restaurants. . . ) .  Ideas are coming to me so quickly I can’t get them written down fast enough. Many of the shops are closed for the winter, of course, but the fudge shop is open and I picked up a big hunk of chocolate peanut butter fudge to take home to John.  Only problem is, it seems to be shrinking before my very eyes, so I guess I’ll have to get another hunk for him before leaving in a couple of days. Tonight I’m meeting my nephew and his wife for dinner–haven’t seen them in years! But the most amazing part of the trip is exploring the town, picturing my characters wandering around, imagining where the Big Bad Thing takes place, and getting a feel for the area which is impossible to absorb from a website or a book.

I’d better get back to work, but didn’t want you to think I forgot about you.

PS: Friday (February 18th) I’ll be blogging on The Lipstick Chronicles, so please stop over there for my Love Letter to the Jersey Shore!

8 Comments

  1. Gina on February 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful picture.

  2. Ann on February 16, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    That picture makes me homesick for Beaufort! Net House and Front Street were 2 of our favorites but we haven’t eaten there in a few years. We did do some Christmas shopping in Beaufort when we were close by for our Thanksgiving reunion at Emerald Isle. It is a wonderful place to walk and see all the beautiful old houses. Will certainly look forward to a book that takes place there.

  3. Margo on February 17, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Diane, I’m so excited to hear more about your WIP…the location sounds absolutely beautiful…thank you for sharing the photo, which gives us an idea of ‘place’.
    Ah, peanut butter/chocolate fudge…one of my favorites.
    Might be wise to buy more for your road trip home. (-O:

  4. Keri Stevens on February 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I am jealous and homesick. Stop by for treats at the Pecan Tree Inn. Sit in the library at the maritime museum in town and read their edition of Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” And, of course, walk, walk walk. And if that little antique store down on the main street still has the framed squashed parrot in it, let me know. My husband and I always regretted not buying such an essential souvenir.

  5. Ann on February 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Diane, we are at the Outer Banks and had dinner at Kellys last night. I thought of you when I ate those delicious sweet potato biscuits. We had never been to that restaurant until you wrote about it on this blog. Now we have a meal there each Outer Banks visit. Thanks!

  6. Diane Chamberlain on February 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Ann, I haven’t been there in years, but I make those biscuits often. Love them!! Hope you’re having a great time in the beautiful Outer Banks. margo, I bought more fudge today…

  7. Diane Chamberlain on February 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    oh no, Keri, I read your post too late! framed squashed parrot? How did I miss it??

  8. Keri Stevens on February 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Diane,
    It has been a few years. I’m sure such a treasure was snapped up a long time ago by…someone.

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