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 greyfriars, darynda jones, graveyards, charley davidsonI was recently asked what my top five dream writing destinations where.  This was a fun post to write. 


My number five dream-writing destination would be on a boat (preferably a
yacht) in the middle of the Mediterranean with tiny islands to explore
and sparkling blue water all around me. The only problem with this
scenario is I get motion sick, so I probably couldn’t write there for
very long. But still.

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Number four would be sitting at the top of a lighthouse in Maine. I’m not sure why Maine other than the
fact that my sister and I have wanted to move there for years and live
in a lighthouse. I’m not sure why my sister has always desired this, but
for me it began with seeing the movie Pete’s Dragon when I was a kid.
I’ve wanted to live in a lighthouse every since. Our husbands are
against the idea, however. We’re from New Mexico so, yeah, it might get
chilly, but that’s what coats are for, yes?

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Number three involves dead people. Lots of dead people who are apparently having trouble staying that way. It is considered the most haunted graveyard in the world, and I’d love to write smack dab in the middle of the Greyfriars Kirkyard cemetery in Edinburgh, Scotland. Preferably at
night by the light of a lantern. Fodder, baby. It’s all about the fodder.

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Number two on my dream list would be sitting
in a cottage in Chawton Village at the table where Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice. I’m a huge fan of Jane’s and I’m certain we were BFFs in another life. Since the table (Jane didn’t even have a desk with
which to write upon!) is under glass and I can’t actually write there,
I’d settle for a trip to the Mother Country and a tour of the beautiful
cottage next to Chawton House. Perhaps I’d take out a napkin, place it
on the glass, and write a quick line or two. Is that weird?

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jane table



My top dream-writing destination would be the Castle Bran, or Dracula’s
Castle, in Romania. It was built in 1212 in the heart of old
Transylvania, deep in the Carpathian wilderness. It was named for a
ruler from the 15th century – Vlad III Dracul. And anyone who asks why
I’d want to write here doesn’t know me very well. I would sell my first
born. He’s 25 now. Tall. Blond haired and blue eyed. Gorgeous. Make me
an offer so I can go!

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  1. mirela says:

    I live in ROMANIA 🙂

  2. Seana Shelby says:

    I love your list! I, too, have always wanted to live in a lighthouse. It must be something about the solitude in the midst of nature raging, a little bubble to experience it while being separate. And the cemetery and Vlad’s castle would just be stinking cool!

  3. Bobbie Jo says:

    LOVE 🙂

  4. Well, the Bran Castle is pretty AWESOME. You might add the Peles Castle ( on your touring list if you visit Romania. And give me a call so I can be your guide 😀

  5. Tammy Baumann says:


    I thought we had a talk about this. You MUST stop trying to sell off your children! And if you get the chance to go to #1 or #2, I shall come along to keep you out of trouble. You are welcome!


  6. MJ Stockman says:

    A bit off topic but I saw a great T shirt walking down the sidewalk yesterday:

    “Due to budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off”.

    I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and that one sounded very “Charley”.

  7. Sarah Jackson says:

    I’m completely down with you on the Chawton Village thing and the lighthouse in Maine. Dracula’s castle – erhm, depends on the plumbing situation. Yeah, you know what? No – forget Drac’s castle too, because EEEK, what if he’s there?! Also, I think I’ve caught you in this selling gig before, only the last time (that I know of) you were attempting to rehome your brother. Who is, I believe, extra-fond of bacon and mostly adorable. This is starting to look like a dangerous habit. Is any family member safe? Quick, where is the dog??

  8. Cornelia says:

    I live in Romania and yeah, I’ve been to the Bran castle two times, but I didn’t like it. The only thing that attracts tourists are the stories about Dracula… sadly. I must say, though, Peleş Castle is much, much, MUCH more beautiful and worthy of visiting, even though it is not even half as popular as Bran is. You should google it and see what I’m talking about 😉

  9. Annette K says:

    I recently read that Bran castle is for sale. Just in case your books rake in a lot of dough you could buy it.

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  11. Amber G. says:

    Perhaps one of these locales will show up in some of your future writing. If you write it I (and countless others) will read it 🙂

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