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Monday, February 26, 2007

Retreat!

So...

Starting last Thursday and going through noon today, I was supposed to have my "retreat." Finances had caused myself and my writing pal to decide to "hole up" in a special room in my home that was supposed to be child- and dog-free. I had made an agreement with my husband that he'd handle the child, the dog and all of my normal chores around here (just like he would have if I were actually at a retreat). I, in turn, would disappear into the basement/studio room and write and do related (and overdue) things for about 8 hours each day.

But alas and alack, it was not to be!

My writing pal ran late. My husband reinterpreted our "deal" and became frustrated when I didn't do my normal chores and make all the meals and take care of our son. Worse still, my writing buddy was undergoing some very stressful personal issues and every time I turned around, there was some reason to discuss the situations surrounding that mess. My stress level shot up. My writing wasn't getting done, my creativity was stifled.

So, what lesson have I learned from all this? Next year, I will be going somewhere away from my child, my dog and my husband (maybe away from my writing buddy, too ;-) to get a much-needed break and time to write. I'll scrape together some cash (hey, I have a year to plan now, right?) and maybe go to some beach-like place in the "off season."

Perhaps by then I'll even have a few new writing pals to join me and we'll actually critique some things and be able to part ways feeling things were truly accomplished.

Dare to dream...
~Saoirse

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