My wife wants me out of the house. I am naturally suspicious. Could it be that I'm not the pleasant delightful person that I find in my head?
No, she knows and sees my frustrations as I write and accepts I need a break. Goaded by her questions and my thinking, I'm fleshing out my writing retreat.
She, thinking of it strictly as a writing retreat, sought what other writers are doing and came up with suggestions for different locales. I enjoy some company but right now I'm seeking solitude so I nixed those.
My wife also thought I wanted isolation from humanity. She found caves, log cabins, and rustic locations free of televisions, radios, people.
No, that's not what I seek. I seek a room to type and pace without clothes on and think, with coffee shops nearby so I can go write and sip coffee (with clothes on) and think. I like a place where I can take long walks and think and reflect, a place with a downtown where I can walk to eat, have a pint of ale and walk back to the room. I'm seeking isolation and separation from my daily routines and employment life, not isolation from humanity -- at this point.
I decided I didn't want to go far, just three to four hours by car. I considered places I'd visited, looking around northern and coastal California and southern and coastal Oregon. Then I pulled up a map of Oregon and just started cyber roaming around it, clicking on towns and checking them out. After the search, I selected Corvallis.
My wife recently visited Corvallis and raved about it. It's a college town and a river runs through it. She imparted that Laughing Planet has a restaurant there and there were coffee shops and book stores. Sounds perfect. The only drawback is that she wanted to visit with me so she could explore the town more. I've promised I'll take her later this year.
Meanwhile, I want to move fast on this. Right or wrong, I feel the need to finish Parasam's query, editing and revising and finish some short stories I'm developing or that were finished and require further revising. I feel alive with energy and excitment. My personal history tells me that I'm usually extremely productive in May.
I put in my vacation request today and it was approved. On to Corvallis!
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com