After GenreCon we took a few days extra leave and went down to the Gold Coast to chill out for a few days.
We went to Kirra, which is close to Coolangatta, and the one criteria for where we stayed was that it must be close to the beach.
There’s a lot to be said for taking a break like this. We spent most of our time sleeping, and relaxing, and looking at the view, and swimming in the apartment pool. And eating, of course. Far more than we should have or needed to. But it was relaxing.
The apartment itself had the most perfect view. It was easy to get up at five-thirty in the morning (Queensland doesn’t have daylight saving), write for two hours, shower, go out for some breakfast, come back, write some more, think about lunch or a swim, have an afternoon siesta, then go back to writing for a while before thinking about dinner on the terrace.
I have to say, by the time we were ready to come home I would have killed for an ergonomic chair, but there was something about looking out at that view that made it so much easier to get into a writing rhythm.