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Saturday, 9 April 2011

Carry on Screaming

Screaming is usually something I write about, and chapters ending with a scream are usually effective. However, I have just returned from a holiday which involved a lot of screaming, a fair bit of fear, and quite a few heart-stopping moments. I'm talking about my holiday to Euro-Disney with my grandchildren.

The holiday was really good, although a different experience for me. Last year's holiday was a bit more posh because I went to Venice on the Orient Express. Unfortunately for me, Hercule Poirot was nowwhere to be seen. Grandchildren, however, don't appreciate that sort of holiday, so Euro-Disney it was.

Naively I thought I would get off with watching them as they cavorted on all the scary rides, but grandchildren have a way of getting round you and it wasn't long before I was screaming my head off on the terrifying Thunder Mountain, Crush's Coaster, Pirates of the Carribean and a succession of equally scary rides. I put my foot down though at the Tower of Terror - even one of my grandchildren chickened out of that one.

So what has all this to do with a blog that I'd hoped to devote to writing, reading and all things related? Well, it allowed me to experience a variety of emotions that I normally only write about, and I also found myself eyeing up the settings. Alice's Curious Labyrinth, for example, would make a superb body dump, and the opportunity for a wide variety of mayhem could be provided by the multitude of dark and creepy places on which many of the rides and attractions were based.

So it wasn't a waste of time in the writer sense. And, I must say, I did enjoy it, even the screaming!

Au revoir, until the next time.


Michael Malone said...

Whit, nae photies?

Chris Longmuir said...

Photie added. Can you see the look of terror on my face?

Melanie said...

Hmm... somehow I figured you'd be scoping out things that could be transformed into places for your novels. Good for you!

Glad you hear you had a great time.

Melanie said...

Carry on Screaming... that would make an excellent title for a book.

Michael Malone said...

hehe, good one, Chris

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Sounds a great trip, Chris - you must be one of the few people to go to Disney and start thinking of places for a body!

Bill Kirton said...

However much I love my grandchildren, none of them would get me anywhere near one of those rides. Good for you, Chris. And I love the idea of your brain spotting body dumps as your stomach makes its way up to meet it.