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Bahamas Beauty Boosts Creativity

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Bahamas Beauty Boosts Creativity


Tarpum Bay, Eluethera

“Perhaps this is the most important thing for me to take back from beach-living: simply the memory that each cycle of the tide is valid; each cycle of the wave is valid; each cycle of a relationship is valid.” 

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

And, I would add, each phase of a writing project is valid

Because goodness knows, for some of my bigger projects there have been an awful LOT of phases. It’s all part of the process, I know.

But there's nothing quite like watching the crashing waves of a powerful sea to remind one that the tide comes in and the tide goes after day. Click To Tweet

That, of course, is also the way work gets accomplished…day in and day out.

I was very blessed to be back in the beautiful Bahamas recently. The main purpose of my trip was to spend 5 nights at the home of the Bahamian writer, Sherelle Wallace, to give her feedback on & brainstorm ideas about her upcoming “Live With a Local” program (to be launched in late 2020).

The idea is that a female traveler (preferably a writer but not necessarily) stays at Sherelle’s home (for maximum of a week) for a small nightly fee. In exchange, the visitor gets to experience the life and home of a local Bahamian.

In other words, I was Sherelle’s guinea pig 🙂 and it was a pretty good gig!

Sherelle picked me up at the Rock Sound airport and the laughs started there. I would write in the mornings, then in the afternoons (when she wasn’t working at her other job) she would show me the beaches & sights of South Eluethera. Sherelle’s home is in Greencastle.

Here are a few shots from our time together:

MA & Sherelle enroute to what the locals refer to as “Shoe Beach” because of the ship full of shoes that sank off the coast


Stunning Shoe Beach (not a shoe in sight)


MA & Sherelle at Cape Eluethera


Kalik & conch fritters…who could ask for anything more?


Post dinner rest in hammock at Cape Eluethera



Birds of a feather…Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera


My cozy creativity zone…I was writing up a storm!


Some of the items for sale in Enchantment store (in her home)

If you are interested in learning more about the “Live with a Local” program, please e-mail Sherelle at

Pineapple Fields Forever 

After parting ways with Sherelle, I moved to my old stomping grounds of Pineapple Fields (near Governors Harbour) where I wrote to my heart’s content for 4 days. I finished the next rewrite of my God’s Country screenplay (about the silent screen star, Nell Shipman) and got a new screenplay started. Yippee!

Here are some photos from my time at Pineapple Fields:


My PF writing zone 🙂




My beloved Tippy’s beach

That’s it for now from this gypsy gazelle. Hope you are doing well and gearing up for a happy holiday season 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and 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 “Bahamas Beauty Boosts Creativity”

  1. You were a pleasure to have as a houseguest Maryanne. I am grateful that we respected each other’s work space. The concept behind ‘Live With A Local’ is to connect with artists from around the world, but also to provide an option for women who are more travelers than tourists. To get up close and personal with natives of the land you love so much, and by doing so, form relationships that will last longer than your sunburn. Please come again!

  2. Thanks, Jennifer! Hope you are well. Am thinking of you this holiday season…hope Dusty is with you in spirit!

  3. I will indeed go again to visit you, Sherelle, and my beloved Bahamas! I so appreciate your hospitality and kindness…and your knowledge of the area and history. It was fascinating listening to you as we drove and walked around the different regions.

    Take care and Happy Holidays! Please say hi to your Mom for me 🙂

  4. Bahamas is such a lovely spot…I am VERY blessed to have been able to visit a few times! As for consistent work…yup, day in and day out is the only way to get it all done. There are no short cuts 🙂
    Hope you are well!

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