You know, there’s this meme going around on Facebook… It’s a photo of a sweet little cabin in the middle of the snowy woods, with the words “Would you stay here for one month–no internet, no phone, no contact with the outside world–for $100,000.00?”
Wait! Here it is:
A dozen times over!
That place is almost perfect for me! Surrounded by mountains for days on end? You betcha, baby! Who cares about the money?
(Well, I wouldn’t say no to the cash… That’d be plain idiotic.)
So that got me thinking about my…
Perfect Dream Writing Retreat
Just as in the picture above, it would be a mountain cabin with a solid roof, stocked with food, water and firewood. (Hopefully there’s an outhouse!)
I spent my youth in the Rocky Mountains and can remember discovering a pissed off badger while picking wild huckleberries. I’d go fishing and camping, play in snow that was higher than my head. I recall seeing a small brown bear run like the dickens when our jeep came around the corner and startled him.
I might be a city girl now, but that was home to me.
I think a month of solitude in this cabin would be mighty fine.
After that month was up, I’d come out of the mountains, hit a cyber-cafe to catch up with business and update the websites before heading back into the hinterlands for another thirty days of it.
The meme states that the cabin is stocked with food, water and firewood. That’s one less headache, right? Electrical power is a must as well. I’d be bringing my laptop along for writing.
And in the interest of not breaking the letter of the agreement, there’d be no videos on the computer! I wouldn’t need them…my writing tends toward seeing the scenes in my head. Much better entertainment and reception!
A hefty set of bookshelves or two in the cabin wouldn’t be amiss either! If I can’t access the internet I’ll need to haul a lot of research books up into the hills.
(Which reminds me–during my monthly breaks, I’ll have to hit every major bookstore for more!)
It’s kind of funny…according to the meme I’ll make a hundred thousand dollars in a month, but living there would mean that I wouldn’t be shopping all that much.
Heck, by the end of the year I could afford to buy the place outright!
What About You?
What do you consider your ideal retreat, writing or otherwise?
My wife would probably be on the Oregon coast with a huge picture window facing west so she could sit and watch the ocean for hours.
My BFF might be up in Seattle, enjoying the cool weather and fresh air.
Ocean or mountain? Desert or oasis? Europe? South America? What place appeals to your very soul?