The great thing about being a writer is your office can be anywhere.
This Sunday afternoon Bob and I took a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine to Spencer Beach. I took my writing notebook, I thought the beach would be a very creative environment to work. The sound of the water lapping, the smell of the kiawe trees, the dry fountain grass, very seductive. Oh, look there’s a sea turtle! Iwatched it, entranced, for long minutes with my notebook in my lap, glass of wine in my hand. A happy hour later I had only written two paragraphs! That’s all I had, my mind was pleasantly numbed, I was content. Too content to explore my discontent.
It’s hard to write when you’re happy. You’re reluctant to travel back in time when you’re living fully in this moment and you don’t want to budge.
Tomorrow, Monday morning, I’ll go to my desk, I’ll turn on the kitchen timer and I’ll write for two hours at a stretch. The words will come as sure as the waves lap the shore. It’s all there in that dark, fathomless subconscious, that time eddy of imagination. Just need to sit down in the chair, quiet the mind and hold the pen against the page. Magical — works like an Ouija board! But it doesn’t work at the beach.
So funny! I recently went to the beach with my family, and I thought I would get some writing done while lying in a lounge chair as the kids played. Um, no. There was too much around me to absorb, too many wonderful sensations that I didn’t want to miss out on because I was in “another world.” So I know what you mean!
Oh, I remember those young mother days of writing at the kitchen table, kids crawling around my ankles, supper cooking on the stove. Young mothers are multi-taskers extraordinaire.. Still, the beach is the beach and the mind needs some vacation time.