Left the Building

Posted in On writing at 7:34 am by Marion

I have a suitcase full of books — The Essential Dalai Lama, Jack Kerouac’s Desolation Angels, Rimbaud and Baudelaire poetry and a French dictionary, Le Petit Prince, The Watchmen and other books … I can’t even remember how many. My laptop will be unplugged and packed. I have food for a week, running shorts and shoes and the DVD of “Seven Years in Tibet.”

In a few hours I leave for several days’ retreat to write and get some thinking done out of town. I have wrapped up several deadline articles, and yesterday cleaned up the house and did some yard work.

For the next few days I’ll be sitting at a big table with books and papers spread out before me … and no one will know where I am … or keep me from getting completely lost in them.

Writing vacations are a personal tradition. I’ll take a week and either go somewhere or stay home … with a pledge to schedule no appointments and just work on my projects.

This week I hope to wrap up the story I’ve been working on for some time about a woman who thinks she’s being poisoned. It has gone through several manifestations and I think there’s a good one in there, I just have to find it now that I’ve taken it in so many different directions.

I’m taking two of our dogs on the trip, sleeping bag in case it’s cold, broccoli and baking potatoes. Maybe I’ll have a few clear thoughts and get some proper writing done.

FD will return next Tuesday, Sept. 23.


  1. Gene-o said,

    September 16, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Hope you’re enjoying a well-earned opportunity to work on the work that feeds your soul. With a whole week to focus, however, you had better produce something spectacular. No pressure!

  2. Marion said,

    September 17, 2008 at 6:27 am

    No pressure indeed! I have read this month’s Vanity Fair … Marilyn Monroe is on the cover … I also bought a Glamour … ouch!! I haven’t opened any of my serious books yet. I hope to start working on the poison story today. I promise.