“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” – Henry David Thoreau
The best thing about having a blog is being able to share experiences — people and places — with others. My recent stint at Noepe Center for Literary Arts at Martha’s Vineyard has given me the opportunity to introduce not only the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, but also some of the wonderful writers I was fortunate to share a space of time with while there. And when you have met them, you will want to attend a session there as well.
For instance, I discovered the perfect rhythm of a day for me — write from 6 am to noon while guzzling coffee, take a l-o-n-g walk to the beach, light lunch, shower and dress for the evening, stroll with writing friends to the wharf, shops in Edgartown, or other sightseeing spots, dinner, long group discussions, journaling until bedtime. Doesn’t that sound like the perfect day?
I also discovered I could read from a section of my work-in-progress without breaking into tears although it resonated with a particularly emotional time in my life.
And I met and became friends with some amazing poets and writers. Talent oozed from the doors and windows, and I just hoped a little of it would rub off on me.
You’re going to be so impressed!
The first interview I have planned is with the director of Noepe, Justen Ahren. You can follow the links and apply for your own writing corner on Martha’s Vineyard. And when you have read these interviews, you will want to do just that.
Where do you want your writing to take you?
Renee Johnson is the author of Acquisition, and The Haunting of William Gray. She is currently working on a Young Adult novel, while editing a suspense novel which has international flair–an homage to her love of travel and foreign food. She lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, Tony Johnson, and one very spoiled German shepherd named Gretel.