For the last two and a half weeks, I have been away with my husband–at his conference, first, and then in British Columbia visiting our daughter, Beth Cougler Blom. Beth wears two hats. She coordinates and facilitates workshops for Volunteer Victoria, part-time, as well as running her own workshop facilitation and motivational speaking business with a “do what you love, love where you work” theme. In a small way, I assisted Beth with a Social Media workshop she was facilitating, and wrote a guest post on the Volunteer Victoria site. (You can find my post about Mandy Leith’s interesting presentation here.)
And while my husband did his conference things, coming and going, printing off his daily coloured update page for the participants, I sat at the other desk in the room and worked. My first-floor room opened onto a lovely patio, overshadowed by a giant spruce. The choice was to sit in the chairs there and reread “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” for my upcoming Algonkian Niagara Writers Conference or write at my computer in splendid isolation. A dreamy few days.
Then in Victoria my husband worked in the dining room and I in the kitchen. While the rest of the household was away, we enjoyed the quiet without telephones ringing, knocks at the door, or household jobs niggling, all of which we get at home.
I cake-walked from the point of being absolutely awed by the amount of work to do before my conference to feeling I actually would be able to finish it all and make a good showing. A huge jump. And I didn’t feel like I was working. Trips to the grocery store, walks to get the morning paper, views of Mount Doug, and a couple of jaunts to sensational Sidney by the sea all brought variety and peaceful joy to our time in Victoria. It was a holiday, but a working one. Meeting a Social Media guru, a magazine publisher and a formal journalist/writer-in-the-business (@glemonade) sitting next to me at the workshop really made my ‘holiday’ special.
Do you ever find a different venue helps your writing? What are the advantages to picking up your laptop and parking it in a new spot? Please tell us your experiences in the comments section.