Seeking solitude … a rant 6


There’s been a lot going on in my life lately, just nothing I can blog about. Yet. Not until the US postal service gets its thumb out its butt. But that’s a different rant.

While a lot of my friends are starting to pack – or panic – about heading to San Francisco for Nationals, I am faced with a much more mundane chore. Finding places where I can write without interruption. I’ve got both Curly and Guitar Hero home on vacation this week. Curly’s not the problem, it’s GH. Having already had a few conversations with GH about how I am NOT planning on being his chauffeur this week, so he’d better not even ask, and knowing he’s not taken me seriously at all, I figure it’s better if I just absent myself from home so I can concentrate on my writing.

I’ve heard authors (Allison Brennan I think it was, as well as the ever famous story about JK Rowling penning Harry Potter) talking about writing at Starbucks and coffee shops; this afternoon Marley was telling me about a lovely bakery that has wireless in the States, but around here? Unfortunately, there are not many places that encourage you to ‘sit and stay a while’ and hardly anywhere offering WiFi (although that’s okay, that’s one less thing to distract me.) So it looks like I’ll be spending most of this week at the various libraries in the area.

Maybe while I’m there, I’ll pick up a few books on how to get your mid-twenty something mooching children out the door to find their independence. Even better, maybe I can bring Conan home to enforce our rules … like girlfriends are NOT allowed to spend the night in your bedroom. You want to act like an adult, get your own place. Yeah, there’s another rant.


6 thoughts on “Seeking solitude … a rant

  • Wylie Kinson

    Leah — I LOVE writing at the library… surrounded by all those books, the occasional whispery voice from amongst the stacks, and dreaming of the day my book/s will be on those racks.
    I prefer the library over a coffee shop any day.
    Good luck!

  • Cora Zane

    Yikes. I hope you find your pocket of solitude. :S Mine will go out the window when hubby returns to work, so I’m kind of in a fizz about that. I don’t know what I’m going to do at this point.

    That wireless thing…do you happen to have a McDonalds near there? It might be worth a look. Our McD’s has wireless. Also the library, and the local coffee shop. I hope you find something quiet and cozy.

  • Susan Helene Gottfried

    I HAVE to write at home ’cause I’m too easily distracted otherwise.

    As for the kids, be tough. They can take it. After all, I’m sure they’ve fallen on their heads a few times before now… *grin*

  • Julia Smith

    Fabulous Conan the Librarian graphic! And your sons-at-home problem is also slightly funny, as I’m the daughter-at-home with her husband and dog in tow…

    And my mom is the car owner and I have to ask if I can borrow it from time to time…

    And I’m 43…

  • Leah Braemel

    Wylie – I like the library too – some are better than others. My favorite took out the study carrels and now there are fewer places to sit. 🙁

    Cora – our McD’s aren’t wi-fi’d. And we’re not big on Starbucks up here yet either. Got a couple but they’ve only got a couple chairs, and there are signs everywhere saying “limit of 20 minutes” Same with Tim Hortons – which is too noisy anyway.

    Susan – yeah, I prefer to write at home. And those kids, well, GH, is about to have his head slapped up the back if he keeps bugging me. Plus they’re both bigger than me, so it’s gettin’ harder to ignore them. Especially GH who pokes me (literally) if I try to ignore him.

    Julia – Guitar Hero doesn’t have a license, so I’m his chauffeur. Although the idea of him borrowing my car makes me cringe too. Although I think it would be better than the motorcycle he’s currently considering buying. Especially in our Canadian climate.

  • Marley Delarose, Author

    So cute! Funny, I’ve never seen Conan at the library. And how could you be sure he wouldn’t just turn into one of the boys? How about Superwoman or Lara Croft?

    Yeah, Lara would work.

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