17 October 2012

Scouting Locations, Rhan Dwy (Part Two)


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Sex on the beach. Conjures images of Caribbean sunsets, white sands, and that classic scene in From Here to Eternity with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr, doesn't it?

But most beaches I've been to aren't exactly isolated from public view. And then there's a little problem of wind: no one enjoys being sand-blasted, especially not...there. Ow. So while sex on the beach is a romantic notion, in my mind it existed in all practicality better as a drink.

Then I went to San Diego for a few days. Driving to the tip of Point Loma, the peninsula that cups around the western side of San Diego Bay, we came to Cabrillo Point Park. There is a New England-style lighthouse perched atop the cliff; its light warned ships coming across the Pacific Ocean of the hidden rocks at the entrance of the bay.  All along the Pacific side are tidal pools
Cabrillo Point lighthouse
amid the rocks, often shrouded in sea mist until mid-afternoon.

It wasn't far from Cabrillo's lighthouse that I found the perfect isolated beach for my main characters to have as their special place in Out of Forgotten Ashes

Evan Jones and his Mexican wide, Reyna Montoya Svenson had honeymooned in San Diego in 1884 when Point Loma was largely unsettled.



Looking aouth at Cabrillo Point from the Pacific Side
Sailing around Cabrillo Point and heading north along the cliffs, Evan and Reyna found a secluded cove with a beach that could have looked like this:

No one is going to sneak up on you from the land side here. And it's sheltered from the wind, so no sand would blow into your...eyes. I could see my characters in the scene from Book Two, sitting side by side in sadness and sorrow in the late afternoon sun, talking intently of the hurt they faced, wondering if their future would ever be joyful again.  

Scouting locations can truly inspire scenes in a story, adding depth of emotion and rich detail. Being where your characters walk is one of the most enjoyable aspects of writing.

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