Creative Musings…

Urquhart Castle, Scotland


These ruins are the foundation for my series, Order of the Dragon Knights.

How I long to return, since this was only a photo stop and we did not take the tour.

Trust me when I say, I was beyond upset. It was my main purpose for traveling to these parts. My hands itched to touch the stones, so you can imagine how difficult it was not to be able to wander the grounds to get a feel for the place. I absorbed as much as I could that day and made a promise to come back when my first book was published.

Yes, I shall return!

Autumn in the Park



I may not be walking the grounds of Urquhart, but these surroundings stir the creative juices. 






For now, I’ll be content with these gorgeous colors, drawing forth from a well of inspiration, which began many years ago when I started writing Dragon Knight’s Sword.



Do you have a special place that inspires you?

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  1. Leah Weller

    Oh, Mary, I know what you mean about wanting desperately to touch the stones and feel….

    When you make it back, please touch the stones for just a bit and think of me. I’ll at least be there in thought. 🙂

    (((HUGS))) and love. <3

    psst….it won't be long 😉

    • Big sigh…Leah. I will truly think of you when that happens. Though, who knows, you may get there before me!

      Yes, yes, yes! Soon, soon, soon! 🙂

      Love with (((HUGS))) always!

  2. Barb R

    Hi Mary, I agree it will not be long before you will feel those stones and emerse yourself with them – what a wondrous feeling that will be!

    • I will curl up against the ruins on that day, Barb! I even went on Google Earth and took the trail all the way up to the entrance/arch. Yet, I couldn’t go any further, haha! I believe it was the Fates telling me that I have to make the trip to see. 🙂

  3. Dianne

    I do have a spot that inspires me. When I was living in Kenya, there was an abandoned Kikuyu house. It was round, and open to the skies. I go there in my mind when I want to feel renewed.
    The other spot that inspires me is the ruins of Glendalough in Ireland. All that remains is part of the chapel and the graveyard. Imagine all the Celtic crosses, some with names blurred to time. The sense of peace and history was amazing.

  4. Terry Evans

    Egads ! I just finished reading the excerpt from Dragon Knight’s Sword ! My body is still vibrating. Anticipation, sexual awakening ? I don’t know but the passage written has hooked me along with the gorgeous cover ! Where do I sign up ? Hurry up release day !
    Post Script….if you happen to come up missing when visiting the ruins, I’ll know why they called to you. Enjoy your visit to that time and place !

    • (((HUGS))) Terry. Thank you! You have no idea how your post warmed my heart today, making me smile all evening. When I get the release date, you will hear my shout and stomping of the feet, too!

      And if the stones call me that deeply, I’m outta here. 😉

      • Terry Evans

        You go girl but IF you stay, make sure to find way to continue the writing. Might hafta come lookin’ for ya.

        • Hahaha…oh Terry, you just made my whole weekend!!! Thank you!

          Trust me, I would find a way. In fact, I would do it very similar to the way the heroine, Brigid did… 😉

          For you, I just gave away a tidbit. (((HUGS)))

  5. Casey

    Love when the leaves finally change to that color 🙂 favorite time of the year!

  6. Mary, your park is beautiful. Stunning colors! I had no idea you enjoyed such gorgeous autumns out there. I’m awed. Urquhart… I would’ve been so frustrated, too. It’s a magnificent setting and the ruins are magical. I’m so excited to re-visit them in the pages of your beautiful book. Counting the days!! 🙂

    • Actually, Sacramento is called the city of trees. They’re everywhere, though, not as many in the previous places I’ve lived–Washington and Monterey. I have to be extremely careful driving during autumn, since I get easily distracted with all the vibrant colors. 🙂

      I cried when I got back to the bus, Sue-Ellen. Yet, I was the only one to rush through the tunnel and purchase a book on Urquhart. A wealth of information and one that I treasure…

      Love and hugs!

  7. I am so excited for you Mary! You are such an amazing woman who always has a smile on her face and brightens everyone’s day. Congrats on the publishing of your book. I can’t wait to read it. And you will return one day, have no fear! I too long to be back there. I feel in love with Ireland and Scotland. I felt so at home. It is my heritage and one day I will return. Keep the faith, you will make it. Here is to your amazing success! Love you!

    • Aww…thank you Jennifer! The land speaks to those who listen and feel. Once it does, you will never forget. You have been touched, too, my friend. And you know me well…I will always keep the faith.

      (((HUGS))) for your kind words! They are truly appreciated. 🙂

  8. Cutieb

    I just need a quiet corner and inspiration comes. No special scenery, just blissful silence……..beautiful pics, by the way.

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