I'm taking a break from my editing angst to share some pictures of my recent jaunt (ahem, I mean v. important business trip) to the Cotes D'Azur. I was struck by what a great location it would make for a Modern Heat story and while I was there planned my latest idea sitting on the beach at Cannes. Wonderful to remember what sunshine is after a bleak UK winter :-)
Sadly there were no celebrities to spot out of film festival season but we did eat at a restaurant that Brad Pitt was supposed to have visited and walked on the red carpet at the festival centre.
We also got the train across to Monaco and ogled the monster yachts in the harbour there - it's not called the playground of the rich for nothing, some were four stories high and had not one but TWO large jacuzzis on deck. Thought about giving my hero a yacht but wondered if it was too show-offy. Then I remembered an article I read last year about a real life millionaire 'hero' who lives on a yacht but is actually very ethical and sound (not to mention good looking too ;-). He even has a hero name - Blake. You can read about him here if you're interested (purely for research purposes, of course !)
Before our flight home we had time for a quick visit to the casino at Monte Carlo, film location for a couple of the Bond films. I was again inspired by all sorts of possible 'heroine in distress rescued by hero' story-lines... But as I already have two new stories to write once the ms goes off to the RNA's New Writers' Scheme I shall put those on the back-burner for now.
If anyone wants some more inspiration I found this article - how to live like a billionaire.
Hope you've enjoyed your brief trip to fantasy land :-)