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Louis Greenberg

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Retreat

This week I took an impromptu writing retreat. I took four days off my day job to get my teeth sunk nice and deep into the first chapter of my thesis.

Each morning I walked down the road to my parents-in-laws’s quiet, clean, cool house. I sat straight down at the computer and started writing. I took breaks for tea and lunch, sitting in the garden watching the ants on the lawn and listening to the birds and the wind in the trees. Each afternoon I walked back home, content, to play with my son on the stoop. Each night I slept well.

No drive to wind me up, no demands, no news, no email, no noise, no chatter. I wrote 10000 words in four days. My working persona felt like himself for the first time in a long while. It was a profound reminder. I’m going to hang onto this feeling for as long as I can, and my in-laws can expect another occupation in two months’ time for chapter 2.

 

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    September 19th, 2008 @10:44 #
     
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    That sounds like very heaven and I intend to follow your example in this life. Or in the next. Well done!

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  • <a href="http://www.modjajibooks.co.za" rel="nofollow">Colleen</a>
    Colleen
    September 19th, 2008 @11:17 #
     
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    Hmmm, I love the sound of this, Louis. Thanks very inspiring.

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  • <a href="http://sveneick.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Sven</a>
    Sven
    September 19th, 2008 @11:39 #
     
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    If you make a habit of producing that volume of work you can join me at Mills and Boon.

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  • <a href="http://karinamagdalenaszczurek.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Karina</a>
    Karina
    September 19th, 2008 @13:14 #
     
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    Can we have your parents-in-law's contact details? I would like to apply for that room :) Did you have to make the tea yourself? :)

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  • <a href="http://louisgreenberg.com" rel="nofollow">Louis Greenberg</a>
    Louis Greenberg
    September 19th, 2008 @13:22 #
     
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    They'd do well to rent it out, Karina. You would need to make your own tea, but all facilities are provided.

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  • Maire
    Maire
    September 19th, 2008 @16:00 #
     
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    It sounds like heaven - are you sure it wasn't?

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