Home again, home again, jiggety jig

Writing in Piazza Vittorio Emmanuele

Hard as it was, I left Rome yesterday and am home in lovely Toronto.

I made my coffee extra strong this morning and pretended it was a heavenly cappuccino from Venti 10 where I spent my mornings for the last week.

So how was it you ask? Heavenly. Just perfect.

I walked, ate well, drank wine, laughed, shopped, hitched rides on scooters with friendly Italians, saw everything I wanted to see, and yes friends, I wrote quite a lot. It is a lot easier to imagine dialogue in a different language when you are in the country you are writing about, so I think Portia’s scenes here have benefited from my immersion.

Rome is a beautiful city, and I can’t wait to go back, but Florence remains my favorite city in the world, and I maintain, 10 years after first walking her cobbled streets, if I get to pick the place where I will spend my last days on this earth, it will be Florence.

That is all friends, catching up on your blogs later tonight to see what I missed in the last week!


..by the time you read this…

Plane taking off in the sunset
Leaving’ on a jet plane!

dun dun duuuuuuun!

That title sounds way more ominous than ‘Leaving’ on a jet plane’ so forgive me (I’m a writer), but by the time you read this, I will be leaving on a jet plane.

To where you ask, kind readers? Why to do some research for the latest case book: Principessa.

Ok, not entirely true, but I had this trip to Rome booked back in January to meet up with my good friend Quade for a week of food, fun, and catching up. As I was planning the trip, I started writing casebook 7, and lo and behold, Portia Adams has found herself travelling to Italy! What a happy coincidence. Maybe someday if I ever make a few bucks off this venture, I can claim the trip as research?

We’ll see.

Regardless, it is off to Rome I go, and hopefully I will come back with some great stories to share and some beautiful scenes committed to paper!