Wednesday, January 4, 2012

RTW #112: Describe your dream writing retreat. Where would you go? Who and what would you bring?

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

My perfect writing retreat is a cottage, just big enough for me and one greyhound. The house is encircled by a rose garden in the full riot of summer blooms. A climbing rose wraps around one of the front windows and a brick path leads through the garden to a green front door with a rounded top.

In the kitchen there is a big window so that the morning light can come pouring in. The rest of the inside of the house is furnished in antique wood and soft upholstery that makes the rooms cosy and a little dim. In the living room there is a fireplace with comfortable chairs in front of it for reading and enough space on the rug for the elegant grey hound to lay down. On the opposite side of the room there are floor to ceiling book shelves stuffed full of all my favorite books.

The window with the climbing rose wrapping around it looks out of the living room. In front of the window is set a desk that is just the perfect height for me, in fact it was custom made. This is where I work so I can look out over the garden and the little country road that runs by the cottage while I'm writing.

I would bring no one but my greyhound to my lovely imaginary cottage, but visitors are welcome. The surrounding neighborhood definitely thinks I am an intriguing oddity and loves to drop by toward dusk and see what I am working on.
They always bring me food gifts and in gratitude I awe them with my artistic brilliance and unique style.

Of course, there is also a small wood nearby so I can go for long, inspiring walks.


  1. This sounds quite nice... more a place to live than to just visit for a retreat, though. It would be nice to live in a small village, where you know everyone, and everyone knows that you're a writer, and would give you enough space to work, but would still be welcoming and friendly... and drop by occasionally for a chat and to share food. :)

  2. My retreat of choice is a cottage as well! Great minds think alike, as they say. :) I have to admit, I didn't even consider bringing my labrador, Cocoa. But, I think that would be nice. She's old and I think she'd enjoy the time away from the other dogs. Your cottage sounds very nice. I'd definitely go there. I'm a sucker for roses and fireplaces.

  3. That sounds delightful and a perfect place to write.

  4. Yes, this sounds just like you. (I think I could have guessed at lest half of that before I read it haha.)

    Honestly, it sounds lovely, but I might do better shut in a room with bare walls. Pretty settings distract me...

    @Tyler-Rose: I'm flying out tomorrow. I packed in such a hurry that one of my suitcases looks like you were responsible for it. :P Depending on how exausted I am, how inspired I feel, and how well my iPod cooperates, I might write a post. If not, have a good rest of your break!

  5. @Susan: Thanks for letting me know when you are flying out. Sent you a text awhile ago, but I think your phone must have ended up in one of your bags. And, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, I'll pack my gowns however I like ;) Have a great trip. Text me when amazing things happen.

  6. Very pretty, but I still prefer my ocean ;) lol

  7. @Juliana: your ocean was certainly very beautiful. I think I would settle for that too :)

  8. I'll make sure to take care of your greyhound when you're on your book-signing tour making millions of dollars. :)

    1. Thanks, A! You're wonderful. I would trust my imaginary grey hound with you :)