The Rum is for Research
Last week, I was reading a blog post from one of my favorite tv writers, Ken Levine, and he talked about a director friend who wanted to make his next movie in Hawaii. Didn’t care what the movie was. He just wanted a few months in paradise. I totally get that. Why immerse yourself in something that doesn’t tickle your fancy?
That’s why I decided to set my next book, a sequel to How to Sex Your Snake, in one of my favorite places on Earth. The spot where I hung my hat from ’12 – ’14.
You can’t go home again…
Screw that. Sure you can.
For two years, the tiny island of Key West was home and I spent my days pedaling from sandy shore to quaint cafe to rowdy bar. Mornings strolling the stretch of surf on Smathers Beach, afternoons parked at a corner table in Sippin Cafe hammering out How to Sex Your Snake, evenings meeting up with my husband and/or friends for half priced happy hour munchies and booze.
What better place for June’s next MisAdventure?
While I know the island fairly well, there are always things I will need to double check for accuracy. Rather than spend all my time surfing the internet, I thought it would be a lot more fun to get my research the old fashioned way. In person.
Two weeks ago, I was down, taking some preliminary notes and photographing spots where all sorts of delightfully horrible things would happen to poor June. As I continue to work my outline, more questions will spring up and I will probably head back down in about six weeks seeking answers. And a bit of rum. And maybe a morning of drag queen bingo.
As I continue to research and write the new book, I’ll post updates each Sunday, just like I did for How to Sex Your Snake. This time, though, since my setting is Key West, I’ll include favorite memories from my time on the island. Think rum, rebellion, ribs, sexy men pushing beds down the street, and eager tourists getting their drink on and letting their hair down. Fill out that little form in the upper right corner to follow along.
Onto this weeks update:
How to Square Your Grouper – A June Nash Misventure, Book 2
Premise: Following an embarrassing blunder, June heads down to Key West to hide out and accidentally becomes a drug runner.
Genre – Adventure
New this week – 0
Total Count – 12, 304
Release date: Summer 2017
Goals for the week: Continue my research and outline. Right now it’s all about the planning. The tighter my outline, the faster I’ll write the actual book.
This weeks trip down memory lane: See that photo at the top? That’s the Bull and Whistle Bar. It’s a three story establishment and a hopping spot for drunken sing alongs on the first floor, aka The Bull. Get there early. Most nights you’ll find a singer/s covering hits from the good old days along with original offerings. The bartenders are friendly, the featured performers get the crowds roaring along and you’re bound to make a friend or two. When your voice gives up, climb the stairs to the second floor , aka The Whistle, for a game of pool and a quiet drink while you watch the madness of Duval Street from a safe spot on the balcony. And when you’ve gotten your second wind, head to the stairs one more time and climb all the way up to the Garden of Eden, a clothing optional rooftop oasis. And while that may sound titillating, beware. For every beautifully firm co-ed grooving topless on the dance floor there are two pasty old naked guys sitting on towels at the bar. Unless that’s your thing. Then by all means, indulge.
And what about me? Did I ever find myself grooving in the garden? Sort of. We got a lot of company while we lived in Key West and visitors always wanted the full experience. And while my dancing never involved nakiditity I was known to sneak a peak or two at those who did.
That’s it for this week’s update.
Keep your clothes handy and Write On,
8 thoughts on “Key West Quickie”
Ah I LOVED how you painted the picture of the little paradise (besides the naked old men sitting on towels on barstools). Can’t wait to see what June’s up to!
Thanks! June continues to be pretty clueless. I wish I were less like her!
I LOVED it, Melissa! Adding the pictures in is a really nice touch. You are a very fun writer! [ð]
Thanks! I have so many NSFW photos. The coming weeks will be interesting.
Great stuff Melissa! I’m sitting here laughing my ass off! Excellent idea sending June to Key West…You just know that’s going to be a great sequel. Plus, you can call every visit there a “business Trip” Beautiful pictures too. I ate at Jack Flats twice when I was there last year. Excellent homestyle food and cocktails!! Looking forward to your weekly updates. Be safe Have fun.
thanks! Jacks is one of my favorite haunts. we were there watching the olympics in ’12. US woman soccer vs maybe Japan. I’ve forgotten. There were only a couple of tvs set to the game. The rest were tuned to whatever else was happening in the sporting world that afternoon. And then the US women scored a goal and every single arm shot up in the place and there was a collective scream of Yeah! The rest of the tvs were quickly changed to the game.
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