Science Says… Go to the beach.

Have you gotten to spend any time at the beach or near a body of water this summer?

My Idea of a White Winter

As a snowbird, I’m fortunate to live near the water at my home in Michigan as well as my home in Florida. It’s great not only for kicking back and sipping a glass of wine as the sun slips away into the evening; I also find being near the water to be an effective place to work.

I finished my first draft of Deep Cover Jack this summer while working by the water. Editing my new book Blood Trails beside Lake Michigan isn’t too shabby, either. It’s probably not nearly as glamorous as it sounds; it often involves eating cold pizza in loungewear and getting up way too early to power through the latest round of writer’s block.

Pizza Slice

Still, there’s something reassuring about being near the water.

As I told you this week, John D. MacDonald had both of his Sarasota, Florida homes on the beach, too. He loved Florida so much, he lived on a peninsula to maximize his view of the tropical landscape. He did his writing from a guest house overlooking the property.

What is it about the water?

I did a little research, and found out it’s not just John D. and me who do our best work seaside. As usual, science comes into play:

  • According to Psych Central, the sound of waves changes the pattern of brainwaves, lulling us into relaxation.
  • We actually become more alert in the sea air. Something about negatively charged ions fighting off free radicals. I won’t attempt to explain it, nor to pretend I fully understand it. But I believe it!
  • Aquatic hues are supposed to have a sort of “brain charging” power:

    “We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken.” -Wallace J. Nichols in Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do

  • The simplicity of the appearance of the water gives our minds space to work on other things.Like, say, editing mystery novels??
    You guessed it! I’m off to gaze into the water ahead of finishing another round of edits. I hope you get to enjoy some aquatic hues sometime in the near future!

Meanwhile --

Caffeinate and Carry On!

p.s. Would a little extra cash in your budget make a difference? We might be able to help with that. Are you a member of the Diane Capri Crowd NewsFlash! mailing list? Just CLICK HERE to complete the form and refer your friends, too. Can't wait to see you there!

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
DNA Generated Faces

Bad News For Criminals Who Left DNA Behind

The science news I’m about to tell you about is really, really bad news for criminals who haven’t been caught yet. Imagine there was a break-in at your home, and all the burglar left behind was a drop of blood. Scientists are now fine-tuning technology that would allow them to create a computer-constructed image of the […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Siesta Key Florida

Happy 100th Birthday, John D. MacDonald!

The great author John D. MacDonald would have turned 100 years old this coming Sunday, July 24th. If you love thrillers like me, one obvious way to celebrate is by reading a John D. MacDonald book or short story. But it’s also appropriate to celebrate by reflecting on his life, his influences, and his legacy. […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Bookworm Problems

Why #BookLovers Should Clean for 15 Minutes

The horrors! 😀 But it’s true, isn’t it? For book lovers, waiting for a new release is almost as annoying as scrubbing the bathtub. And the wait is especially agonizing when you’re reading books as part of a series. In that case, waiting becomes part of a complete emotional roller coaster, starting with the thrill of […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
ThrillerFest 2016

Reflections from my trip to NYC for ThrillerFest

So? What did I miss? I’m back home now, and I’ve just finished unpacking my bags from a thrilling trip to New York City! The 11th annual ThrillerFest was held July 5-9, and this year’s conference of thriller writers was especially exciting for me. My Hunt for Jack Reacher novel Jack and Joe was a Thriller Award Finalist for Best E-Book […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
iBooks Sneak Peek thriller

We Couldn’t Wait Any Longer- Grab Sneak Peek of New Thriller!

Deep Cover Jack is the upcoming new novel in my Hunt for Jack Reacher series. But because I’m so excited about it and just couldn’t wait any longer, we’ve put a sneak peek of the book on iBooks! Download Sneak Peek of Deep Cover Jack You’ll need to open the iBooks app, search Deep Cover […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
Drone Photography

Creative Ways People Are Using Drones

We were talking this week about how drones can be used for very serious missions, like terrorism surveillance. Situations that would be too dangerous for humans. As a thriller writer, it’s a tactic I’m almost certain to employ in an upcoming book. In addition to military and surveillances uses, people are starting to get very creative with […]

Continue Reading
Bat Drone

That Flying Insect Might Be A Camera

Take a look at these 2 images. One is a bug, and one is a mechanical flying drone with a camera. Can you tell which is which? Maybe you could. But if you weren’t looking for the differences, you may have been fooled. The one with the camera (the one on the right) is called […]

Continue Reading
Miracle on the Hudson River

The Case Against Life Vests On Planes

Let me preface by saying I FULLY SUPPORT life vests on airplanes!! But I learned something very interesting recently — turns out life vests aren’t as helpful as we might think. Who knew? It all started when I saw a story about how life vests are a popular thing to steal from airplanes. See, I’m working […]

Continue Reading
Key Lime Pie at Festival

Why We NEED To Attend The Key Lime Festival Next Year

Key West holds a Key Lime Festival every year. How did we miss this?! This year it’s July 2-4, 2016… but I wonder if it’s too early to sign up for next year?! As a snowbird, I spend much of the year in Florida, which means I’ve taken my fair share of trips to Key […]

Continue Reading

Get Jack in the Green—Free!

Sign up FREE to my email list & start reading Jack in the Green in minutes...