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Writing, Resting & Watching the Waves

Writing, Resting & Watching the Waves on the Oregon Coast


Watching the waves in Newport, Oregon


“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hallo and Happy Wednesday from the stormy Oregon Coast!

Sadie and I took the Pope-show on the road this week and are hunkered down in a cozy hotel room in Newport, watching the waves roll in. I am working on the next rewrite of the God’s Country screenplay, about silent screen star, Nell Shipman. I have lost count of the number of rewrites I have done on this script, which tells me I may, at long last, be on the home stretch.

Card-making station

In the evenings, I am continuing to make my photo greeting cards to sell in the PGP on-line store and at two upcoming Christmas Craft Fairs in Sidney.

Unfortunately, my cluster migraines are back and I don’t think the pounding surf is helping them any! I hadn’t had migraine headaches for about 4 years, so I was hoping they were gone for good. Nope 🙁

Smiling Sadie on the beach

And my ball-obsessed Retriever is not allowed to retrieve the ball. Sadie has been cut-off. Her arthritis has really flared up over the past few weeks and she’s been limping. So here in Oregon, she is on a strict regime of on-leash beach walks – which makes for some interesting moments for me. In her mind, if she isn’t allowed to chase a ball, then a seagull will have to do…except that we are attached via the leash, so when Sadie chases a bird full-speed ahead, I do, too 🙂

Interestingly, between the cluster migraines knocking the stuffing out of me and Sadie being on a restricted exercise regime, this Oregon retreat is forcing both of us to take it down a notch or two – which is always a good thing, now and then.

Here are a few more photos from Oregon:





MA & Sadie selfie 🙂

Take care and I hope you have a happy & healthy week!

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Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

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6 thoughts on “Writing, Resting & Watching the Waves”

  1. Really hope those headaches leave you before you need to leave from Oregon. Maybe there’s a trigger there for you…? Just relax and get better. Theresa

  2. Another great article. Keep writing, you are a natural. I am sorry about your migraines, terrible. Take Care and all the best with writing.

  3. Oh thank you so much for your kind words, Joyce!! My migraines are still hanging around…but they are easing somewhat. Hope you are doing well!

  4. Hiya! I definitely think the powerful ocean played a role in my headaches…it was pretty a strong sea!

  5. Hi Glynis! Well…it ended up being more relaxing than I intended in Oregon – because I slept so much due to the headaches. It was a pretty weird week, actually, and I am rather glad to be home again at the much quieter sea in Sidney 🙂

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