Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A change of scene

By this time next week, I'll be Up North, enjoying a getaway at a northern Minnesota lake. This used to be a yearly tradition, but the drive is much longer now and it's become a now-and-then occurrence.

When we first started going, there was no WiFi, iffy phone reception, and no TV. Over the years, stronger signals have brought all the modern amenities to the place. I still don't watch any TV, though, and log in to the Internet only randomly.

This is a place where I get story ideas. This is a percolating kind of place.  I'll go through all the magazines I've stocked up, I'll review my promo ideas, and I'll let story thoughts circulate in my brain. It's such a long drive but it's mostly on cruise control so I can let my thoughts go to my story as I drive (I always drive. The Spouse is just not a good driver for long hauls).

It's comfortable, there's a crackling fire, we have to drive a boat to get there so there isn't any traffic of any kind (except an occasional fisherman who boats on by), and the nearest store is the Zup's grocery store, about 6 miles away.

And the next time I post, I'll have a new book out to talk about. Always fun!


Margo Hoornstra said...

Sounds heavenly, JL. We live in the lower peninsula of Michigan. I’m from Detroit and my husband is from the Upper Peninsula. Opposite extremes, eh? Love the idea of a crackling fire and spotty WiFi, and what used to be, very little TV reception. Enjoy!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Sounds perfect.

Jannine Gallant said...

I think we all need a place like this to re-charge! Have a terrific, relaxing, and productive time!

Rolynn Anderson said...

Love your little retreat and all that comes with it. I'm amazed that this place is your 'idea/creative center.' You can never sell it...definitely needs a permanent plaque over the door...because the cabin is charmed! Have fun!

Andrea Downing said...

You lucky girl. I feel the same way about my place in WY but you don't need a boat to get here so I'm jealous. Here's wishing you many great book ideas.

Diane Burton said...

An isolated place like that must be heaven. No (or little) internet to distract you, peaceful, perfect for writing. Enjoy the time. Can't wait to hear about your next project.