Winter writing retreat, day 6

This is the view today from my kitchen window as I make cocoa.
This is the view today from my kitchen window as I make cocoa.

Today has been a quiet, rainy day (rainy even by Portland standards), which has been perfect for getting work done. It’s so quiet and cozy that I even came out of my study to write on the couch while my wife blogged beside me and the cats curled up nearby.

Which is to say, I have nothing exciting to report today, because it’s just been good, steady work: a little research, a little writing, a little revision — a good balance that makes this all feel like it’s easy even when it isn’t. It’s one of those days you dream about when you’re starting out as a writer. “Someday, this will be my life!” you muse, and you’re wrong — it’s hard work packed into whatever space you can find for it — but some days, you discover you were right. Some days, it’s exactly how you dreamed it would be.

Oh, and later this evening I’ll be heading over to join a big double-reading event in Portland, the Bone Tax 10/Spare Room team-up, where I think I might read a little from both my books, Box Cutters and (just for fun) the Christmas chapter from Hagridden.

Oh! And speaking of Hagridden and the holidays: Remember that for every copy of Hagridden I sell during December, I’ll be donating to the National Military Families Association. You can read details in my earlier post about the donations, but I wanted to remind folks.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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