Going to Roto-Vegas

We’re off for a couple of days down to Rotorua, the home of boiling mud, hot pools and the smell of rotting eggs. The husband has a conference there and after days of trying and failing to get my hero’s conflict sorted, I’m hoping that a break will give me some ideas too.

Rotorua is the ‘land of passion’ as you can see by this April Fool’s day ad that was run through various papers this year, so perhaps the smell will give me some inspiration! I am going to be taking my little laptop with me anyway and hope to have some time to give the wip a re-read, perhaps try to figure out just what I’m doing. I’ve got three strands of conflict that I could conceivably use but at the moment don’t know which one to pursue. And all three is going to be way too complicated to resolve in 50k words. I’m hoping it will become clear in the fullness of time but boy, the man is being ridiculously opaque.

Oh, and why Roto-Vegas? Well, it’s a bit of a NZ in-joke. We call it Roto-Vegas because Rotorua is NZ’s answer to Las Vegas. Don’t know why really because I don’t think there are any casinos/burlesque shows/huge neon signs/deserts/Elvis impersonators in Rotorua. But it does have lots and lots of motels/hotels and tourist type stuff to do, not to mention being quite expensive. Ah well, at the moment, being winter here, I’ll just settle for a nice hot spa to sit in with a glass of cold bubbly by my side, and perhaps my current hero in tight swim shorts to feed me grapes…but don’t tell the husband that. πŸ˜‰

9 thoughts on “Going to Roto-Vegas”

  1. Thanks Suzanne and Lacey. Don’t think I’ll be working at all, seeing as how it’ll just be me and the kids while the husband is off conferencing!

  2. Sorry – tried to edit my post but ended up deleting instead, so will try again.

    Ditto what everyone else said. Maybe that rotten egg smell will provide some inspiration??

  3. lovely break Jackie! I got married in the real Vegas now have a desire to visit Roto-Vegas. Or more truthfully the whole of NZ, have been obsessed about your country since I was about 12 πŸ™‚

    Hope you find inspiration in a hot spa!

  4. Well, have broadband at the motel – yay! Cheers Felicity, hopefully the kids will leave me a bit of time with the hero but not counting on it.
    Ha, Janette! Not sure what kind of inspiration that would be but it’s worth a try. πŸ˜‰
    Joanne, pretty sure Roto-Vegas isn’t anything like the real Vegas, but it definitely is worth visiting. In fact, NZ is a pretty nice place to visit all round! Pity it’s so far away from everything. πŸ™‚

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