Monday, March 4, 2013

Inspiration and French Things I Love


Aside from the kissing!


Almost a decade ago I lived in France. But long before that I was obsessed with the place. I took two years of high school French, three years of college French, and at least four years of dreaming in French before I finally got the opportunity to go.

And when the moment came, I seized it. For almost eighteen months I lived in various cities from Bordeaux to Paris, eating everything from exploded goose liver (fois gras) to garlic butter snails (escargot). I had the time of my life meeting life-long friends, exploring castles, and studying the culture.

Lately, I've been reminiscing like crazy about my time there--and not just because of the amazing Les Miserables performance at the Oscars. In fact, I've started drafting a new WIP set on the west coast of France, which I'm très excited about. I've even found myself buying more Camembert cheese, more Nutella, more baguettes. On Saturday night, I was invited to a party guess what I decided to bring? Crepes! Yum.

I think I need a trip back! For some "research."

What's inspiring you these days?

21 comments:

  1. I was just going to say, I hope you're going to write something having to do with France!! It's so cool when writers use something in their writing that is unique to them. I've been to France twice (LOVED IT). Can't wait to see what you come up with.

    I tried fois gras too. Gotta say, not a fan :) haha

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  2. I went to London with a college class once and we were supposed to go to Paris but we never made it. Still on my list! ;-) I'm dying to write a book (YA) about Australia. I studied abroad there and would love to set a book there <3 My inspiration these days are music and good books and good movies. I just saw the movie SIDE EFFECTS (wow!!! it was so twisted and dark!!!) and I currently have a stack of 8 books from the library beside my bed. Sooo. ;) Have a great week Jessie!

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  3. You lived in France? What!

    I've never been. I'd like to go! :)

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  4. I totally understand and relate to your love of la belle France. I lived in Paris for two and a half years and was engaged to a tall, dark and handsome Parisian before I started law school. It's a long story, but bits and pieces of it have found their way into a few of my short stories.

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  5. My current novel has some Russian roots and I would love to go research there. I took several years of Russian in college but, since there aren't many people to practice with, I don't remember much of it.

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  6. Justifying another trip for "research" purposes is totally legit....go for it! :)

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  7. How wonderful and to be able to stay for such a long time.

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  8. Sounds like an awesome reason for a trip. It must have been an awesome experience to immerse yourself in another country.

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  9. I think I want my inspiration to be the same as yours. ;)

    Um.... I'm inspired by the SUNSHINE!!

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  10. I have a book I started that takes place over one night in Paris, and I keep telling hubs. I really need some onsite research before I can finish this book... lol.
    Let me know if you decide to go, b/c I used to teach French, but that was a WAY long time ago, and I've lost it.
    Also. It would be tax deductible for us and fun ;-)

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  11. I want to travel SO BAD and see amazing places like this. France and Germany are on my list as well as many, many others!

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  12. I miss the amazing cheese there. I had some on my honeymoon before realizing I was pregnant (oops to both of those).

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  13. Can I come on said research trip then deduct it from my taxes in the name of business? lol, if only! I do need to get out to the UK though, seems like all of my stories take place there :)

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  14. Crank that story out! I want to read it. :D

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  15. french? just look east to louisiana, esp, for the cajuns [bastardization of 'acadien' [french canadians] or north to canada - most in quebec, but scattered all over - so ok, it's NOT parisienne french, just a patois... but i'm sure you can converse easily; besides, except for some yahoos in quebec, most speak english ;)

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  16. Ooh, I'd love to go to France! I've studied French since high school (though I'm woefully out of practice), and always wanted to go!

    These days, wacko episodes of X-Files are inspiring me. :)

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  17. The closest I've come to learning French was when I lived in Canada. I was walking through the grocery store and all the labels were turned to the French side. Darn French Canadians! :)

    Your book sounds fab. Spill, girl!

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  18. Hi Jessie! Gosh, I haven't stopped by in a very long time, but glad I did today. What wonderful memories you have of France, and everything that goes with it. I, too, think you MUST go back, for rest, respite, and research! :)

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  19. Wow, that's rad that you lived in France...if I had the money I'd be ready to try being an ex-patriot over there:)

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  20. ooo la la!
    cant believe no one else said that!
    i'm excited for you! relive it & enjoy =)

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