Netting Word Count and Salmon

Aerial Shot of Kyuquot Sound Lodge

Photo Courtesy K. Clark

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Kyuquot, a small community on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Technically it was a fishing trip, but what I netted was word count, because when the anglers are away, the writer will play.

A more spectacular perch from which to write would be hard to find. Inspirational vistas, no cell phone service, and only a whisper of Internet added up to hours of uninterrupted writing bliss.

The lodge is located on one of the small islands that dot Kyuquot Sound. Every window offered a spectacular view, and the expansive decks that surround the lodge provided plenty of outdoor space.


Bedroom View of Ocean & TreesMV Uchuck IIIKayaks and hiking were right outside the door, and directly across from us, a helicopter flew in and out of a nursing station outpost. On Thursday, we headed outside to wave to the MV Uchuck III which cruised by on its weekly supply trip.

Eagles feastingEach day when the crew returned with their catch, they’d clean the fish on the dock and take the heads and innards to a nearby rock to feed the local wildlife. The gorging that ensued was a photographer’s dream even for those of us without long lenses.

With the salmon iced down and the eagles fed, we’d enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer, and the anglers would entertain us with colourful lies about the one(s) that got away. Each evening a different crew cooked dinner, salmon on all but one night, and I’d be hard-pressed to choose a favourite rendition.

Sadly, we couldn’t stay forever, but we left Kyuquot topped up with good food, fond memories and loaded fishing coolers.

The next Gift Legacy book sits at +50K words, well over the halfway mark. Every day I’m pumped to write the next scene and if I ever need some Kyuquot inspiration, I can always cook a yummy salmon dinner and gaze out to the Pacific!

JPMcLean at Denman Saturday Market

Photo Courtesy S.Dyck

A note on the rebranding front: yesterday I set up a table at Denman’s Saturday market and a group of three women approached to ask if the books had a religious theme. That’s three more votes for rebranding!

Don’t forget! All Gift Legacy eBooks are on for half price via Smashwords, including the boxed set, until Monday, July 31. You’ll see the reduced price at checkout.

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About JP McLean

Author of The Gift Legacy, a contemporary thriller with a twist of fantasy that will leave you believing the impossible and wary of the night sky…
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8 Responses to Netting Word Count and Salmon

  1. Oh, lucky duck! Great shots of great views. Aren’t we lucky to live in such a gorgeous province. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. The “religious” query from a few stoppers-by put a smile on my face.

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  2. says:

    I’m so jealous! Kyuquot is one of our favourite kayaking spots.

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  3. Christy B says:

    Awww Kyuquot is on my to-see list when I head upisland. Great you had an adventure and that you’re making headway with your next book xx

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  4. JP McLean says:

    You won’t be disappointed. It’s beautiful.

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  5. Mahesh Nair says:

    This looks like a lovely outing. Great pictures. Good you did some writing. Love this: “Inspirational vistas, no cell phone service, and only a whisper of Internet added up to hours of uninterrupted writing bliss.” Looking forward to your book. Best.

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  6. JP McLean says:

    It was difficult to narrow down the photo selection for the post because there were so many beautiful shots. Glad you enjoyed it.


  7. Staring out at water is always a great inspiration. Congratulations on your writing progress. Keep it going!

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  8. olganm says:

    It looks incredible! Another place to add to my very long list of places to visit. Good luck with the book and the rebranding!

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