Thursday, November 17, 2016

All Work and No Play

By Debby Giusti

I’m sure you remember the old adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Like Jack, I need "playtime" in order to become inspired. New sights and sounds and experiences drive creativity and help me come up with fresh ideas. Yes, I love to write, but I also need time away from my computer.

Last week, my husband and I traveled to the North Georgia Mountains with a group of friends from church. One of our stops was at Mercier Orchards, in Blue Ridge. The orchard and farm covers more than 300 acres and has been owned and operated by the Mercier family since 1943. We ate lunch at their restaurant, shopped in their store and watched truckloads of apples being brought in from the fields, then unloaded, sorted, weighed and boxed for delivery.

The relaxing getaway, the picturesque countryside, falling leaves and cool, crisp mountain air renewed my spirit. I came home refreshed and ready to get back to work. I also came home with twelve pounds of delicious apples.

What type of getaways do you take to stimulate your Muse and prime your writing well?

Care for an apple?

Happy Thanksgiving!
Debby Giusti

By Debby Giusti

When widowed doctor Ella Jacobsen is attacked and left for dead in her childrens’ clinic, the peace she’s found in Georgia’s Amish country is shattered. Someone is after something in her clinic and wants her out of the way...but what are they looking for? Ella knows only that  her life is in the hands of army special agent Zach Swain. Zach can’t resist the vulnerable but headstrong Ella, who stares down danger to care for the people she loves. With one look, the loner soldier goes from investigator to protector. To save Ella, he must uncover the secrets that swirl around the idyllic community. And he needs  to do it fast, because Ella is running out of time.

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Merrillee said...

I love apples straight from the orchard. My daughter gets them from the farmers' market near her home, and they always taste so much better than the ones from the store.

Debby Giusti said...

I agree, Merrillee. The apples I brought home were so much better than those I buy at the store!

Cate Nolan said...

I'm glad you had such a good getaway. We had the opposite experience last weekend. We went to New Hampshire for the weekend, but ended up having to abandon our car there after a freak incident left us with the bottom of the transmission torn out. The return trip involved Amtrak, rental cars, and so much confusion!

But we did have a lovely interlude in New England and some of the foliage was still showing off lovely fall colors.

Debby Giusti said...

Cate, so sorry about your car problems! How frustrating. Glad you're home safe and sound!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christine Johnson said...

How fun, Debby! Your photos make me want to head out for a little getaway of my own. There's nothing like a new experience to both refresh and restoke the creative juices. As for those twelve pounds of apples? So many yummy things to make with apples.

Debby Giusti said...

Christine, I wish I'd bought more apples. They've been delicious...which might mean another trip to the mountains!