08 Dec a week as a writer/carpenter
hey there friends,
last week I missed out posting because well…I was in “the land without internet”!!! haha as strange and removed as that might sound, it was actually just in Northern California. And I was only a 20 minute drive or so from actually having internet.
going from “always connected” to without cell, internet, and even regular phone service was a bit of a system shock. not only that, but I was the only one staying at the house…so I was super isolated in general.
which was ok. I had two main goals for the trip.
1.) Install banisters on the front porch
2.) write a new screenplay
and for the next 4 days, I ate, slept, wrote, and carpentered (is that even a word??).
here’s what I started out with:
and here’s what I ended with:
the writing was all done in the kitchen. it is after all, closest to the food…and coffee. also, the nook was right next to the wall heater and was probably the warmest parts of the house.
I didn’t do my writing on this…but you gotta love seeing a Candy iMac still around. reminds me of an Apple Jolly Rancher.
overall, the writing actually went really well. it took a couple days to get into the story, but after that it really started to flow.
my schedule would be something like:
I should have liked to do an after-nap writing session, but two things prevented this.
1.) it got dark at 5pm
2.) I’m not a very fast carpenter – so I needed as much daylight as possible.
the trip taught me a few things. first off, if I really truly dedicate myself to writing I can get a whole lot done. but, being alone in Sheep Ranch gets lonely! I’d love to go back with a group of writers. during the day we could all split off and do our own thing then meet up for meals. hmmm…
it was great being cut off from the distractions of the modern age, but at the same time I missed the social aspects of being so connected. perhaps having a few friends up there would be the best of both worlds.
an added bonus was that early December is a very beautiful time to be in the foothills of Northern California. colors in the trees, blue skies, crisp air, and guests of wind would send leaves showing down all around you. plus the roads are really fun to drive.