|Seattle Downtown Skyline From Alki Beach Dawn by David Gn Photography|
On Monday, I will fly to Seattle for a month-long writing retreat of my own design. My goals are to spend the majority of my days and evenings writing. Many of them I will do where I am staying, and some I will do out and about in some of my favourite Seattle places (parks, cafes, on the water, etc.). All and all, I think it’s going to be brilliant fun, relaxing, and I should be able to get a lot done.
Now, you may wonder, readers-mine, why I am going to Seattle (as opposed to the mountains, an actual conference, out of the country, or a convent) and I assure you, I have my reasons:
- I am house-sitting for family friends in the home where I took my first steps.
- The porch has the most gorgeous view of Seattle and the water–pretty much ever–and will be brilliant for working either during the day or at night.
- The area where they live has cute little cafes and a beach within walking distance and the locals are awesome.
- I can go to my old church and see people who are family, though not blood-related.
- I can see my friends easily, but I’m far enough away from everyone that I will have to drive to do so and therefore will have time to focus during the day as people won’t be randomly stopping by and I will have to make plans to see them.
- It’s a great place for me to be alone the majority of the time, while allowing me to see people when I feel like it by either inviting them over or going to see them.
- I’m not too far off from the ferries, so I can go spend time on the islands if I want to take a day to hike about or if I need the water to clear my head.
- I’ll be twenty minutes from downtown when I want to people watch.
- I’ll be about an hour from one of my favourite parks and two from one of my favourite park/mountains and all of the waterfalls those entail.
- I can check out my old stomping grounds if I so choose or explore all the new things that have come about since I left.
Overall, I think it’s going to be a great way to get things done at my own pace without feeling like I need to be spending time with people 24/7. The whole point of me going up there is to be able to leave everything else behind for a while and just write. I’m hoping it will help me clear my head, keep my focus, and get work done so I can get back on track with deadlines and the like.