Why is it so hard to find a quiet place, absent of all other people of the human race? You’d think I could find a spot where I can sit down with my book and read it out loud without another soul within listening distance. Alas (yes, I use this word often), it seems forever unattainable.
You might be asking why this is so important to me. Seems kind of silly to be obsessed (your word, not mine) to find a place of seclusion. Well, it’s part insecurity on my part and part the need for peace as I audibly dissect what I’ve written, only ever hearing it in the echo dome of my head so far. Hearing my story out loud is just another step towards polishing it before sending out those inquiry letters to agents.
The next question one might ask is what my ideal location would be to endure this endeavor? I’ve been thinking about this for over a week and I think the best I can come up with is a space with sunlight, quality air flow, a kitchen, and as much coffee and donuts as I can stomach. Okay, okay. No donuts. I don’t need those delicious morsels of self-hatred (that’s my special name for donuts whenever I succumb to their temptation). I keep thinking a basement or office space would work for my reading needs but that’s only because I don’t have access to a cabin out in the woods (too many horror movies prevent me from going in search of such a place).
So I’m still working on it. I can’t do this in the peace and quiet of my own apartment because I have a neighbor above us who finds it his sole purpose in life to watch tv all day and speak in volumes usually reserved for professional sporting events. Oh, and he has a lady friend who is equally loud to which every time I hear her laugh I ask what’s that sound and my wife says, “Those are the shrieking eels”.
I’m open to ideas. If anyone has a basement, attic, and/or guest house they don’t mind me vacating for free for a few hours at a time, I would be forever grateful. Tell you what, I’ll offer you a once in a lifetime Amazon gift card for your graciousness too. Only caveat is you have to buy a book(s) with it. HA!
Call to Action: If you have any other suggestions for me, feel free to share. I’m not quite desperate yet but I’m fast approaching!