Here's me in Chicago on my week long work trip. I got the fantastic 11th floor view of the parking lot ala balcony. Score! There's an el cheapo coffee pot in my room with equally la cheapa coffee. And the mattress rivals granite for comfort. BUT! It's a 5 star hotel and spa...yes, really ... so I'm going to IMAGINE it's more lush than the Radisson I stayed in at Milwaukee in January.
Do you ever go someplace where you feel totally OUT of place? I spent the day in downtown Chicago. I'm sure it was all presumed on my part, but I felt like the world's numero uno (I'm into Spanish quips today) hick. In fact, I wouldn't have been surprised if my Chaco flip flips were banned from their Starbucks. (even if I DID pay $65 for them).
Regardless, I made the most of my free day sans employees and
children. I edited, answered some work emails, drank coffee, and edited some more. All the while acutely aware of the brunette beside me who made a size zero look fat and wore her orange silk camisole like a $200 investment.
Did I say I didn't care? I really didn't. It's time Chicago got invaded by a bow hunting writer who climbs rocks for fun, pulls ticks from my shirts (to Lindsay Harrell's horror) and eats venison sausage for lunch. I'm not a vegan, I don't wear a size zero (or 10 for that matter) and my eyeglasses were bought on Zenni Optical for $35. So there.
But boy of boy did I have a doozy of an idea! I'm exploring the concept of premises for books. Probably because I have to summarize my current manuscript into a one line summary (easier said than done). Here's the premise I came up with for today's novel idea (pun intended):
1895 - When the daughter of a Northwoods logger finds herself transplanted into the uppity district of Milwaukee - she tries to survive the hardships of elite society as she's ensnared in a war between liquor barons and their two very eligible bachelor sons.
Just a thought from today's Back Yard Hick, brought to you by:
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Any new travel spots spark novel ideas in your brain lately?