Can you (re)join the Ohio writing group via Zoom or something?Ohio had my writing friends and my writing places. I lived alone for many years, and even when I had a roommate, she rarely was an annoyance when it came to writing. I could always find a spot that was dark and quiet to write. I also had a lot of writing cafes and libraries that I could visit depending on time and my mood. Every Thursday, I would meet with my writers' group, and if we weren't writing, they at least were eager to discuss the novel. I realize that this year and the last, all events were virtual, but I miss the write-ins in Ohio, not having found one as productive or in as an appealing a location in San Diego even before the pandemic.
This makes me very grateful I live by myself. Of course, on top of being super supportive of my writing, my dad gets the importance of not being interrupted when you're in the middle of a project, so it wasn't too bad when I was at home-- other than my cat liking to plop himself down on my keyboard every time I'd start to get into a project (the cats all stayed with my dad because I can't have a pet here)....And my parents, who I live with, do not understand how annoying it is to be interrupted while I work. They want to be part of it...without actually being a part of it. So that just means, saying something inconsequential as they walk by so that I have to turn off my noise-blocking headphones to ask them what they said, or turning on a light when I've made it dark to block out other stimuli. And unfortunately, the only comfortable place to work in the whole house is the dining room, where my dad has covered the entire table in his toys and where my mom has to pass to get to the patio so she can smoke (then bring the smell into my workspace, grr). Anyway, I just miss having spaces to write.
Of course, never mind the 3 years I spent on the road writing. That was a writing paradise, really. Writing on the plane. Writing while "watching" water flow through a filter for 3+ hours. Writing alone in my hotel room. Writing at restaurants. Plotting while driving. It was the best
There's a difference between listening and belting/jamming out with my show tunes and boy bands. One can be very conducive to the creative process. The other not so much. It's just fun.I mean, I literally do both at the same time. Listening to music & finding inspiration in the words *is* how I plot while driving
Re: your signature section: You can get your name (maybe even cyber gender) changed. Just message AW Admin about your dilemma.I saw this topic and thought, "Wow, that would be really interesting." Then I read the last page of the texts. This thread has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic. It is just a chatty thread that could have all been done in direct messages.
Enjoy the cruise while I hate you for it.In other news, I have one more day to vacation! We're taking a cruise, and I have a room to myself, and I'm really looking forward to having the space to myself, and really the whole ship to escape to if I need a change of scenery. I have a verandah, and I have fond memories of reading my Kindle on the balcony of the last cruise. (And beta reading for Netz on the Lido deck while drinking milkshakes and looking up at some dolphins that were swimming nearby). I love a good writing vacation, and this seems like the best. As long as I don't spend all my time at the spa.