The Writer’s Cottage

writer with typewriterPsychologically, I made two major breakthroughs as a writer this week while we were in Virginia Beach.  We were looking at possible retirement homes.

“What do you two do besides volunteering?” our tour guide asked us.

“I write a blog, ” I responded.

“What’s it about?” she enquired.

“I write about a variety of topics that interest me.  I have about 350 followers.”

It was the first time I had mentioned my blog to a stranger.  It felt good to acknowledge I was a writer.

Later that afternoon, as we drove through  some neighborhoods,  anytime we saw a house with a detached building like a storage hut or an adult-sized playhouse, my husband would say “That can be your writing cottage.  All you’ll need is electricty.”

“And heat and airconditiooning ” I joked.  It was the first time he has expressed an interest in my writing besides doing an excellent job of taking pictures of unusual bathroom doors for my Bathroom Signs irregular series of blog posts.

Plunk by plunk, letter by letter , word by word, I’m typing my way into  being a writer.

 

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23 thoughts on “The Writer’s Cottage”

  1. This is the way we find ourselves in retirement. I remember the months of feeling at a loss, hoping to find a new direction. Even with planning, it’s a surprise to find that you are suddenly a different person with a different daily schedule and new, undefined priorities. I have a cartoon that my mother sent me years ago, probably shortly after she retired. In it, two older people are standing in a corner at a cocktail party and one is saying,”All my life I worked to make something of myself, and now I don’t know who I am.” Retirement is your chance to find out. I am so glad that you are discovering that you are a writer.

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    1. Thanks, Rolig I always wanted to be a writer, but unless I was taking a class I never gave myself time or permission to just write. Now I have time and self-permission. 🙂 Love the cartoon. Fortunately, I still dabble as a librarian in several areas, so I’m not a stranger to myself as I might be. How about you, Fidgety one?

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      1. You know me. I get fidgety when there’s nothing to do. Or, more accurately, when I haven’t decided what to do next. It’s a surprise to look at the calendar and realize that I retired 13 years ago, so my current reality has been my life long enough to be normal. I have not only reinvented myself — a task I have done a few times — but discovered a creative me lurking inside, where I never expected it. I keep my hand in the old life but from a respectful distance. I am getting more fun out of being an explorer in a new world than I would as an elder statesman in the old one.

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  2. Excellent! You just reblogged a post that had that exact suggestion for bloggers – “tell people about it” and there you are, doing it. Yay! And by the way, You ARE a writer. Already there. Cottage o\r no.

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  3. That’s a big step, saying “I am a writer.” I don’t think I’ve taken it; I fudge by saying something like “Oh, I’ve written a few novels. Self-published, you know.” I have to change that!

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  4. It took me years before saying to people I write but it feels good isn’t it? And it makes it real!
    Well done to your hubby to acknowledge your writer” condition “ , my husband still doesn’t read the blog but lately he started to show interest about my writing ……slowly but surely sooner or later they will get there😉

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