Wednesday, October 17, 2007


At the moment I am sitting in a coffee shop with the intention of bringing this week's "writing retreat" to a proper close. I took a photo with my laptop's web cam a minute ago and then applied a bit o' Photoshop to capture the night's urban mood. Outside is all traffic, road construction, and sidewalk people. So much different than the world I left behind and yet, together, they strike such a perfect balance.

I came home a little bit early because, I'm embarrassed to admit, I started to miss my pup and husband. I accomplished more in the past 3 days than I have in the last 3 months. I got excited and couldn't sit still any longer--so I drove through a foggy, deer-infested night just so that I could get home before the alarm clock went off. It was a wonderful homecoming. And it was a productive retreat. Not only productive, but refreshing as well. Right now, I feel an incredible sense of balance.

And so I have stolen myself away to write one last essay in order to cap this retreat off with a nice rounded number. Music is in my ears, art is on the walls, a large cup of coffee is in front of me. I want to tell you about the blackness of the northern sky; I want to tell you about a lot of things.

But right now...I am committed to staying focused on this one last essay of the day. This writing retreat ain't over yet.

Cheers. ;)


deirdre said...

Welcome home. I thought about you during your writing retreat and hoped you were having a restful and productive time. Good to hear you accomplished so much.

laundrygirl said...

Welcome back! I have missed you. I'm glad to hear it was such a productive and peaceful time.

gkgirl said...

i am so happy to hear
that it was all you wanted it to be...
and welcome back :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome back! Missed you and can't wait to hear all about the retreat. Sounds like it was just what you needed.

Melba said...

I missed you. Not necessarily your posting because I haven't really been reading blogs much...but sometimes you feel closer than others. I know it is because there are times we must retreat and regroup into ourselves.

You are so Brave!!!
Many a day when I was single I talked and dreamed about taking a retreat alone, but I never did.

Oh how you inspire me!

Love you!

kj said...


One Shot said...

I'm a new reader of your blog who just wanted to say thanks for starting the Be Brave've inspired me!!


bella said...

What a cool chick you are. So brave. xo

The Dream said...

airhead here. i didn't realize that your man wasn't joining you ... oops! i was obviously reading while distracted. well, now that you're back, celebrate your anniversary - would ya?!

Jessie said...

The Dream, don't worry, you're not an airhead. I actually went on TWO vacations in the past two weeks. Can you believe it?! Dang, I feel SPOILED! Last week I went with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. This week I went on a solo writing retreat. Talk about balance! Perfect. ;)