I mentioned a few months ago (HERE) that I was chosen to write this year’s Gulf Shores and Orange Beach 2017 Official Vacation Guide. It was so fun to write about the place I love, and even though I’ve lived in this area my entire life (except when I was first married and land-locked in Georgia with no beach in site and therefore broke out in heebie-jeebies), I discovered new and amazing things about the beach in my own backyard.
Look at this quote above, “Think like the locals, “The Gulf of Mexico is good for what ails you.” Well, I heard that my entire life from my Dad. Salt water was the big cure-all in my family. Sad? Tired? Bug bites? Bad sinuses? Go jump around in the surf for a while, and you’ll feel brand new!
It was definitely the most interesting writing job I’ve ever had and I was thrilled to work with these people. Compass Media, who oversaw the entire project was professional, fun and full of great ideas. Laura McGill was my contact person, and she was so knowledgable, yet made me feel totally at ease and allowed me to be myself (a little bit weird). We’ve actually become friends, which in the South, isn’t such a big deal, but we admire the writer-quirky-highly-intelligent part of each other (just a guess) haha!
From a practical, writer’s point of view, you can only gush about your home turf so much, using so many words. I mean, how many ways can I think of to say, “beautiful beach?” “Lovely.” “Spectacular.” “Amazing.” “Glistening.” You see what a hard job it is being a serious grown-up writer. I’m certain it would be easier to be a brain surgeon. If only the pay reflected that.
The guide is gorgeous, is just over 100 pages long, and even includes maps. I love maps! It’s my favorite book of the Bible – “Maps.”
And if you turn to the back of the guide, and get out your magnifying glass, you will see my name listed under, “content,” And my high school teachers thought I’d never amount to anything! Ha! and double HA-HA!
This is truly a gorgeous guide to our beautiful corner of the world. And the good news is, because you know me, it’s FREE – just for you! (okay, it’s free to everyone, but your’s comes with a hug). You can either download a virtual copy to peruse at your convenience on-line, or fill out a little form, and they’ll mail a real copy straight to your mailbox. It’s coffee-table worthy, so I hope you all get one! Click HERE for details on both options.
Happy vacation days to you!