Insecure #Writers Support Group: Awesome Inspirations #IWSG

Thank you all so much for your encouraging words last month regarding my anxiety about leaving my laptop behind whilst I skipped across the pond. To be honest, I feel silly for having even given it a thought. As most of you said, it's good to step completely away once in a while. I returned re-energized and eager to attack writing projects that'd gotten buried under my giant stack of virtual papers.

Today, I simply want to share pictures of literary interest---because I know you writer types will find them fun. I took these during my most excellent adventure in London.

Shakespeare's Globe Theater
It's rebuilt with the only thatched roof in London, not on the exact spot as the original but darn close. (BTW it's AWESOME to have a sister who lives in London to be my personal tour guide. She's loaded with lots of interesting factoids.)

221b Baker Street
Home of...Sherlock Holmes! You almost forget he was a fictional character rather than a real person when you tour this meticulously detailed residence. 

Filming location for 221b Baker Street
Fans of BBC's Sherlock---a superbly written show---will recognize this as the door Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman frequently go in and out of.

Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross
I didn't take this picture...because I'm IN this picture!. As a Hufflepuff. My sister's the Slytherin, and we've teamed up against my son, the Ravenclaw. Who wants to write the fanfic that brings this situation about, hm?

The Duchess Theatre
This is where we saw The Play that Goes Wrong. It's so good. It's SO good! Hilarious from beginning to end. If it ever comes to a theater near you, I highly recommend it. 

The British Library
It's really cool to look upon original manuscripts by Shakespeare, Austen, etc., etc., etc. and think about the magic they created with simple ink and paper.

Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens
JM Barrie had this statue secretly installed in the middle of the night so that the next day children would come to play at the park and it would magically be there. What an incredibly cool guy. (My son played the Crocodile in his school's production of Peter Pan last spring, so he indulged his mother and assumed the Croc position for this photo.) 

The Home of Sir James Barrie
JM Barrie lived here, just off Kensington Gardens, from 1860-1937. Kensington Gardens provided him with much inspiration for writing Peter Pan.

Sir Alfred Hitchock's Home
Alfred Hitchock lived in Earl's Court from 1926-1939, the period when he made many of his early films, including The 39 Steps, the film that won him wide acclaim and made him a star in the US.

I'm including this one because it's really freakin' Poe, right? 


This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavanaugh.


Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Love the photos, especially the Harry Potter one. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you left the laptop! You visited some great places. That last shot is awesome.

Jennifer Lane said...

What jolly good photos! I would be inspired, too. I love that story about the Peter Pan statue installed in the cover of night.

I had to leave my phone behind for two visits to a prison recently, and I really missed it. #dependence

Debra Renée Byrd said...

These are really cool. Thank you for sharing them with us!

F. Stone said...

Lovely photos. Now you've got me wondering how soon I can escape to London. Nothing as exciting as your trip. Since I dived into genealogy, I would like to put some flowers on my ancestor's graves. They were so poverty stricken and yet survived terrible odds. They are an inspiration of intestinal fortitude for me to forge ahead with query letters, LOL.

Nancy Gideon said...

Raging jealousy, Nicki!! What an adventure. I'll bet your brain was percolating with ideas.

Arlee Bird said...

Such a lucky one you are! I'd gladly step away from my computer for a while for a trip like that.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

David Emanuel said...

I was in England this summer as well. I went with my wife, two kids, and mother.

We had a great time.

We brought one laptop between us, but I did very little writing.

Sounds like you had a great time.

Dave Emanuel

dolorah said...

Hard not to be inspired when surrounded by so much greatness. Looked like fun.

Cathrina Constantine said...

How Awesome!!! I'd throw away my computer to fly across the pond!!! Great picture!! Looks like you had a great time!!!

Juneta key said...

Loved the pics. When I visit England I was not as into fiction and writing as I am now. If I ever get to go again I will put 221B Baker St on my list and Poe. Aw seeing those really makes me want to go back.
Juneta Writer's Gambit