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Renewal at the Coast

I've always had what I, at least, consider a special relationship with the sea. It's very near where I was born (in Santa Cruz, California), and where I go whenever I seek rest and renewal. It has been the perfect place to be this week. Soon, my taxes will be due, and soon, I will be on the road, promoting my latest book, Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue, and if I can connect with readers, really connect, I will be blessed.

Meanwhile, I vacation on the rugged north coast of California, where weather has been more gorgeous than I have a right to expect.

I look forward to meeting with people again, but I think all of us need the occasional R & R respite, and I have loved every minute.

I'd like to know: where do other writers go to get a much-needed new shot of creative juice?


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As a currently dormant writer...

...I can't speak for creative renewal, but I agree that there is something about the coast that makes me feel more alive. I've never lived more than thirty miles from the California coast (usually much closer), and as I get older, the prospect of ever doing so seems less and less appealing. One of the things I don't like about living in San Francisco is that the city mostly seems to have its back turned to its glorious ocean. 

Huntington Sharp

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Dormant Writers and San Francisco

I know all about dormancy. It's so hard to pump up your creative spark every time you let the flame go out, and for me, the older I get, the harder it is. Also hard for me to contemplate leaving any proximity to the coast, but San Francisco does have a way of ignoring its front yard, except for folks with dogs who love to fetch sticks and dare the surf to catch them.

I love New Mexico, but can't really fathom how folks like D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keefe and Edward Weston hung out there for so long. Maybe it's the desolation of the landscape that hones the mind, providing focus and freeing it of distraction.