Cassandra Piat

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The proposal

on January 30, 2016

Hi everyone! First of all, I wanted to wish you all a very belated Happy New Year 2016! I hope 2016 will be everything you wish it to be and that it’s filled with happiness, love, laughter, good health, success and friendship…

As you’ve probably noticed (or not 🙂 ), I wasn’t very present, if at all, on the internet over the Christmas holidays because we went to Australia to spend Christmas with my wonderful family in Perth. I have to say that I’m in total awe of all those of you who managed to keep writing your blogs and posts all through the holidays – I just don’t know how you do it!

Although I didn’t get any writing done whatsoever during our trip, it was nevertheless inspiring in lots of ways. First of all, I realised that I was an ideal muse for any scatter-brained, typically ‘blonde’ female characters!!

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Yep, from almost missing the plane because we just didn’t hear them calling our flight, to going to the supermarket and taking a man’s shopping bag by error and not realising until he caught up with me near my car, to wearing my t-shirt inside out, to putting petrol instead of diesel in my dad’s car and having to get it towed out of the petrol station (by a huge tow truck too)… and that’s only the half of it!

But over and above my air-headedness, there were just so many everyday situations that served as inspiration – it was just fascinating to people watch and imagine all the stories I could make up about each person, couple, family. One example was quite fun and along the lines of my chicklit/romcom genre…

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One afternoon we went to Castle Rock, a beautiful place in the south west, for a sundowner. When we arrived, a girl in her late twenties approached us and asked us (very nicely) if we could avoid going too far down the beach as there was going to be a wedding proposal happening there soon! How exciting! So we sat on the beach and couldn’t help keeping a lookout for the happy couple, and finally, about half an hour later, they showed up. We knew straight away that it was them because the girl looked super relaxed and the guy – super tense! It was actually a laugh watching them knowing what was about to happen!

The proposalAnyway, they headed behind a bunch of rocks in a little cove and we were thrilled because we could still see them from where we were 🙂 – (yes, of course we watched them!!). We didn’t have to wait long – the guy was soon down on one knee and before we could even say ‘so is she, or isn’t she?’, she had jumped into his arms. We oohed and aahed from a distance and found the whole thing very romantic.

And then – out of the blue – comes a great potential cliff-hanger moment for someone with a super active imagination like mine! Yep, this guy suddenly starts sprinting down the beach in their direction, looking like he was on a mission!

gril thinking about writingNeedless to say that my creative jujus went into overdrive! There were so many potential scenarios to make up using just that one little moment… and it struck me that life, in itself, is an inspiration and everywhere you are or look there’s something to draw on for a story.

So next time you’re out of ideas, go and sit down in a park or on the beach or in a pub and watch the world go by… you’ll find inspiration in ways you never imagined.

As for me, although I haven’t written at all for over a month, I’ve stored a lot of great ideas in the back of my mind for when I do get back down to it. I’m really hoping that I will now find the time to do just that – and hopefully this blog post is my first step 🙂

That’s all for today, but I’m really looking forward to sharing great things with you this year and I really hope to hear back from a lot of you throughout the year so that I can get to know you all too 🙂

A bientôt!

P.S. For the record, the guy didn’t actually go up to the couple and we didn’t see him again!! So I guess we’ll never know where he was rushing to 🙂 🙂

Thanks for reading! To return to the FICTION WRITERS BLOG HOP on Julie Valerie’s website, click here: http://www.julievalerie.com/fiction-writers-blog-hop-feb-2016

And if you’re looking for an Australian novel to read, have a look at a few suggestions from my recent post Looking for a book to read this weekend? Fairway to Heaven is actually set in a coastal town not far from Castle Rock!

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23 responses to “The proposal

  1. Agnès Pitot says:

    Merci de toujours nous faire rire Cassandra!
    So much fun with you!!!!

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  2. anabelle nairac wilain says:

    A suivre!…. 😉

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  3. sandiedocker says:

    What a special moment to witness!

    Hope you enjoyed your time back here in oz!

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  4. Wow! What a crazy thing to experience! My parents were in Europe over the summer (we live in the States) and they road a ferris wheel that got stuck when they were at the top. They flipped out a bit, wondering why the ferris wheel had stopped. Was it broken? They were alone in a cart – and there was only one other cart next to them. When they looked at the couple in the neighboring cart, they saw the guy on his knee holding a ring out. There they were – in the sky – alone with total strangers in the next cart witnessing a crazy life moment. My dad whipped out his camera and started taking photographs. The girl said yes, and after a few moments, the ferris wheel started turning and they all came down as happy as could be. I’m TOTALLY using that in a story! Already wrote the scene for my next book.

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  5. paulinewiles says:

    Oh, I thought maybe he was rushing down the beach to intervene. Or that maybe he’d seen a huge shark looming behind them?
    You’re right, real life provides so many hopping off points for stories. Hope you are recovered from your trip (we went to New Zealand at the same time and I’m only just over it!).

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    • Yes, I can’t tell you the number of possible scenarios that ran through my mind as I saw him run down the beach. What a great book scene moment! It took me almost a month to get back into the swing of things here and get over my low of being back 😦 I went to New Zealand backpacking for 6 weeks when I was 20 – such a beautiful country. The South island just took my breath away.

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  6. Ha! I feel you on the blonde moments. I have them myself quite often despite my dark hair 🙂 I would absolutely have assumed the guy was running down the beach to tell the girl she shouldn’t marry the other guy because she should marry him. I suppose we are products of what we write! Glad you a wonderful vacation.

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    • Yes, that’s exactly what I thought 🙂 As for the blonde moments – so happy to know I’m not alone! I forgot to mention another hugely blonde thing I did; we had booked an apartment in South Perth for two nights and I somehow managed to completely mess up the bookings (it was through booking.com so not directly with hotel apartment place though). So when we got there we found out that I had booked 1 room on the 2nd floor and one room on ground floor 😀 How’s that for blonde!!!!

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    • Ps. So my husband had to sleep upstairs with the boys and I slept downstairs with my daughter!!!!!

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  7. macjam47 says:

    Hi Cassandra, it is wonderful to meet you. LOL! I loved reading your post. Do you write books the way you wrote this post? If so, I’m in.

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    • Hi Michelle, lovely to e-meet you too 🙂 Thanks so much for your wonderful compliment. Yes, that’s pretty much my style of writing so I really hope you’ll read my book one day 🙂 Thanks for dropping by. A bientôt 🙂

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  8. I love this post, and some of the stumbles on your vacation sound like many of the stumbles on mine (missed the flight, wrong kind of fuel–been there, done that, lol).
    I especially love this: “There were so many potential scenarios to make up using just that one little moment… and it struck me that life, in itself, is an inspiration and everywhere you are or look there’s something to draw on for a story.”
    Thanks so much for reminding me of all of the potential storylines in everyday situations (and not so everyday vacations).
    Cheers and happy writing.
    P.S. Oh, how I was hoping the guy running across the beach was the woman’s long-lost lover, trying like heck to prevent the proposal. I suppose we are all romantics at heart.

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    • I know Me too 😀 I’m definitely a huge romantic at heart. I’m glad you enjoyed my post – am glad to know that I’m not alone with all my blonde moments as I call them 🙂 I keep thinking that one day I’m going to become all older and wiser and stop being such an airhead, but so far, not happening 😀 😀 Anyway, thanks so much for dropping by and taking the time to read my post. Come back again soon 🙂

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  9. Sounds like a very exciting vacation!

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