Writing Adventures in Adams

Lauren and I are at it again– this time our retreat takes us to the rural Adams, Massachusetts, up in the northwest corner of the state, about a 25 minute drive to both New York state and Vermont. This place feels like New Hampshire to me. It smells like cold, wet earth, the sugar maples are tapped and dripping into metal buckets, and there are mountains in every direction. At night, it’s so dark and so quiet.

The house we booked on Airbnb is so cool. It’s described as a farmhouse apartment in the beautiful Berkshires, and it is that, but it also looks like a haunted mansion, which I’m totally into. No paranormal activity so far, much to Lauren’s relief (and mine, too, I guess– I don’t want to see a ghost at the foot of my bed or anything). But still, this space is adorable with a calming vibe and we’re so happy to be here.

My plan was to dedicate this week to my book, but it’s been a bit of a struggle. I haven’t produced anything I’m particularly proud of yet, but I guess the most important thing is that I’m here and I’m writing, slogging through.When I’ve been really stuck, I’ve tried meditating. I like to think it’s working, but who knows? As always, I’m grateful to my dearest friend and writing companion, Lauren, who I can always count on to keep me motivated and cheer me on. I hope I’m as good to her as she is to me. My goal was to write 10,000 words this week, but unless inspiration strikes soon, I’m not going to make it.

We’ve spent the last three days in our pajamas, writing in different rooms, in different chairs, on different couches. Lauren hasn’t stepped foot out of the house since we arrived on Sunday night, and I have to admire her commitment to staying comfortable and focusing on her craft.

I put on real clothes this afternoon and took a walk. There are a few photos of what I saw down below. Lauren and I are going to venture into North Adams to have dinner sometime this week, which I’m looking forward to– I’ve heard it’s a cute town, and it’ll be nice to take a break from staring at our laptops. I’m also excited to check out MassMoCA— Lauren told me about an exhibit called “Into the Light” and it sounds amazing.

I know it’s been a long time since I updated. Maintaining my author platform will never be my strong suit. Twitter and Instagram will never be my thing, but I’ll try to update this blog more often.

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It looks like a haunted mansion! No ghost sightings yet.

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The farm! There’s also a sugar shack just out of frame.

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Our Airbnb is on the first floor.
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I told Lauren I saw a ghost in my room.
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Lauren’s workspace.
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My workspace. I’ve polished off nearly an entire sleeve of Thin Mints.