Girls Write Out
Sunday, December 03, 2006

Friday we flew from Phoenix to El Paso where we rented a car and drove over to the Big Bend area. When we left El Paso, I tried to find a radio station. They are all in Spanish. A few miles out of El Paso on I-10, the radio stations quit altogether. In Marfa, we got in a Catholic station, but nothing else. Then there was a long silence. Nothing in Alpine, nothing all the way to the Big Bend National Park. We're talking over a hundred silent miles, people!

Ever been to Big Bend? Gorgeous, gorgeous country! I'm going to set my next book there. But I'd never live there myself. I saw TWO, count 'em TWO, tarantulas walking across the road. Dave saw a total of FIVE! He was fascinated, got out, watching the big things lumber across the road and even took a picture. I told him not to get a close up or I wouldn't be able to look at it! We saw deer, fox, bunnies, all kinds of wildlife. But I could have done with the spider sightings.

Then we got our cabin. Now I know what it's like to be a pioneer woman, no espresso, no phone in my room, no TV, and NO HIGHSPEED INTERNET! Okay, so I didn't have to cook my food over an open fire but got to go to an excellent restaurant at Chisos Mountain Lodge, and maybe I didn't have to actually BATTLE any spiders and scorpions. And so what if I got to travel in a nice, warm car (with a speed limit of 80!) instead of a covered wagon. Hmm, okay so maybe I don't know what it's like to be a pioneer woman. But this is as close as I get. And yes, Denise, Dave stopped for the bathroom anytime I asked. Tell Kevin he has something to live up to now. LOL
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:57 AM  
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At 7:20 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Taratulas? YIKES!!!! Please, oh, please, tell me they're not going in your next book!!!!!!!

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oops, make that tarantulas. See it scares me even to spell it!

At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Colleen, it sounds amazing. How fun! What a great place to write - no phone, no tv, no internet. Where is it again?

Anyway, welcome home. :)

Love, Rachel

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Yes, as Rachel says, sounds like a great place to write. Inspiring!

Tarantulas crossing the road? They must be some BIG spiders. Shiver, shiver. Wonder if Brandilyn went to this place while researching spiders? GRIN

Thanks for sharing, Colleen.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

LOL.....welcome to my world! I LIVE with those hairy spiders.

and LOL on the no highspeed it about put you in conniption fits, huh? LOL

At 10:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ah c'mon ... you weren't really tryin' with that radio dial! El Paso has 2 NPR stations (both in English), Alpine has a strong AM station full of community news and 1940s-1950s music, plus an FM CW station ... and Marfa has a smallish radio station that bradcasts within the city limits [they play all sorts of things from jazz to hip-hop, so maybe you just hit it on a "Catholic moment."). We're not as back country as city folks like to think we are - but hey, if you had a good time out here, that's what counts! Thanks for visiting.

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I'm afraid there will have to be a tarantula or two, Di, for the book to be accurate. I'll try to keep it non scary at that point. LOL

Rachel, are you crazy? You WANT no email? LOL

Mary, I didn't try AM--I didn't even think of it. LOL We weren't in El Paso very long, but I let the radio scan through three times and found only Spanish. Last night coming home I did find an oldies station that we listened to. We weren't in El Paso long. Most of the time was east in the Alpine area and down to Big Bend.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Where do you live, Mary? I love west Texas! It was really gorgeous

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Robin, do you really have tarantulas where you live? Gulp. In all these years of visiting Arizona, I've never seen a black widow or a tarantula. I couldn't believe I saw so many of the big hairy monsters!

At 11:57 AM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Bring on the tarantulas.

And how about scorpions? Now there's an evil critter. I've got the funniest story about a scorpion. Well, funny because it didn't happen to me. My grandmother--severe sort of Pennsylvania Dutch Christian woman and total nondrinked--got stung by one during her missionary days in India. The pain was so intense she stumbled to her bathroom to find whatever she could take. She found a bottle left there by some guest who'd recently stayed. I don't know what she thought it was, but in her severe pain she drank it. It was scotch or whiskey or something. Got her good and drunk. That would have been a sight to see. At least soon after that she was feelin' no pain...

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh my goodness, that's hilarious, Brandilyn! Well, not the pain part, but what followed.

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Hilarious, Brandilyn! I didn't see any scorpions, though I've seen them in AZ. UGLY!

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Tehehe . .. if you want the book to start off with a bang, you could have your characters start in Dallas taking the Amtrak and it taking about 18 hours to get to Big Bend! I haven't been there, but this is what happened when my parents and my brother's family made the trip several years back. tehehe . ..they didn't find it very funny then.

Tarantulas!?!?! EEK! Must be why we didn't go for the trip!

As for the lack of radio stations. Sounds like an excellent place to use a FM tramsmitter for an iPod! Something I'm always looking for here in Dallas!

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anna Marie said...

I'm Glad you enjoyed you visit to My Home State of Texas.
We'll have to do something about the tarantulas,Before you come again. ;)

At 3:24 PM, Blogger eileen said...

Had it not been 536 miles from San Antonio, I would've met you in Big Bend. So excited your next setting with encompass that awesome area. Come back for rattlesnake hunting time!

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Big Bend. We rode a skiff across the Rio Grande and a burro into Boquillas. Saw the Marfa Lights--thought we were looking at pasture spotlights and airplanes landing until they started jumping around. (No, we were not hitting the Peyote pop) And watched a Blue Norther come in and dump snow on us in Alpine--aptly named, for sure--at Easter Break. You write it, I'll read it. : )



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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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