Describe your dream writing retreat. Where would you go? Who and what would you bring?
This RTW is one I've spent plenty of time contemplating. Mr. S and I are starting to grow out of our one-bedroom apartment, and as we plan for where we will live next, I can't stop thinking about having my own room. Not that Mr. S isn't awesome, because he is, but I've always liked to have my own space where I can have everything just so. So my first answer is--I would go to my own room, and I would bring my cat, or nobody. My room won't just be for writing--I'll also keep books and knitting stuff and sculpture wire in there--but there are a few things I would really love to make it feel like a writer's haven.
First of all, my books. As much as I love my Kindle, I will never be satisfied with e-copies of any of my favorite books. (Also, some books are just too cool as objects to be on the Kindle--I'm reading Legend by Marie Lu right now, and with its shiny cover and gold print, it makes the most convincing case I can think of for books as physical objects, rather than Kindle copies.)
Ideally, this requirement would be satisfied with the use of built-in bookshelves, which have always been a dream of mine. While we're shooting for the moon, maybe they could look something like this, with a daybed built right in!
Second of all, plenty of natural light (or really good electric light, I guess). I also love that about the picture I linked to. (But you can crawl into that corner of the couch and curl up if it's just too early, or if the dreaded migraine strikes.)
I also want a desk, so I could go back and forth--couch to desk--to save my back. Sometimes I like to sit up and sometimes I like to curl up. Actually, I mostly like to curl up, but then I sit like that for ten hours straight, hunched over a keyboard, and can't move the next day.
And, of course, my laptop. Can't do much without that. I tried writing on my iPad this summer for a change of pace, and it wasn't ideal, even with the bluetooth keyboard. But I hear Scrivener for iPad is on its way...so maybe for editing? We'll see.
Or...if I went away away to write...definitely the Berkshires (or maybe the Catskills--mountains, anyway, or what pass for mountains in the Northeast.) Someplace leafy and green and quiet, like The Porches Inn in North Adams, MA or Mohonk House in New Paltz, NY.
My alma mater, Williams College, tucked in among the Berkshires. Fun fact: The chapel with the four-spired tower there is where I got married!
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