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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.

7 comments:

Michael Malone said...

Whit, nae photies?

Chris Longmuir said...

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

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.