Planning a Plan
There are a few things on my 30 Before 30 list which I have started wondering if they will (or should) happen at all. Mostly, I’ve been questioning #26 Have a night away alone. Having never done anything like that, the idea terrifies me just a little and I was wondering what I would do. All alone. Wouldn’t I be bored and lonely? Or waste the precious time sleeping? Or not sleep enough because I was trying to ‘fill’ said precious time with things I don’t normally get to do?
It got to the point where I decided it was not really worth it.
Then recently, I found a post over at Melissa Writes where Melissa tells of her brilliant idea to plan her own writing retreat.
Her words hit me and I knew. This is how I want to spend my time away. This is how I should spend my time away. And suddenly, a fire was lit within me, a fire that I’ve been trying to get going for some time.
I have a story idea, it’s loose, but it’s exciting.
And now, I have a plan to go to a quiet place and write away. Or, I am in the planning stage of having a plan. My story idea makes it easy to decide what part of the state I will want to stay, as I need to investigate a certain place where certain things may or may not have happened. Which simply makes this whole thing perfect, really.
I have yet to mention this brilliance to James, but I imagine he is currently nodding and thinking this is the best idea I’ve ever had (right, my love?).
What I am currently thinking is that, while I find a place to stay and smooth out the finer details, I will focus on securing advertising for all the available spots here on the blog and that money will go towards my retreat. As well as any other paid gigs I can pick up and any loose coinage I find.
So long as I have saved enough and have it all planned and done before my birthday, there’s no hurry (I reserve the right to retract this statement in October, because I will probably need and deserve a weekend alone, but I can’t tell you about that just yet).
I’m excited. I imagine writing. A little arting. A bath or two. No internet or noise or interruptions. Bliss.
Have you ever taken yourself on a retreat?
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