Howdy folks and happy Saturday!
Every once in a while I get to go do very writerly things. One of my favorite writerly things to do is…well…go away and write.
My stepbrother’s wife’s parents have a vacation house out on Willappa Bay that they’ve been kind enough to let me use from time to time. Last Monday, after a full day with the girls, I loaded up and headed off to Bay Center.
I used to work in Wahkiakum and parts of Pacific County back in my days in community economic development. It was probably one of my most favorite gigs. So I stopped at Duffy’s Irish Pub, in Grays River, on my way through. Amazingly enough, I bumped into a fellow I knew through that job — glass artist Kyle Gribskov — which led to a great hour or so of catching up. I had an amazing oyster and garlic pasta served up with Guinness, which of course they have on tap.
I arrived to Bay Center and got settled in. Then, took a walk down to the beach. It was quiet except for birds and wave and wind. That night, I watched the first half of the remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still (which I still say is a fine, fine remake.) Then, after ten hours of sleep, I woke up, brewed coffee, took a walk and sat down to write.
I took myself out for dinners and being a fan of oysters served me well. Some of the best oysters in the world come from the Willappa Bay. And again, did I mention the quiet? I spoke at meal time — to order my food. Otherwise, I listened. Mostly to the locals. Or the quiet. Or my writing playlist.
Over the course of the week, I built fires when I got cold. I slept in. I walked in the mornings. I wrote. I ate. I napped. I watched The Day the Earth Stood Still and Get Him to the Greek. I read the first fifty pages of Almuric. It was a restorative, lovely time.
And I put 5,700 words away. Half of what I hoped for but not bad. I’m five chapters from finishing my fourth novel.
And now, as you read this, I’m probably on a panel at Ooligan Press’s Write to Publish event at Portland State University. A nice week.
So what does your writerly paradise look like?