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!