Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Captain's Log, Supplemental

Just back from my writer’s retreat in Minnesota, I’ve started to reevaluate my time. I’m realizing that I need to make more of an effort to protect my creativity (since I now make my living off of it) and allow myself to relax.

One thing I realized in Minnesota is how much I love the sound of running water. My friend Sharon Hinck likes the sound of the ocean (or in her case, Lake Superior), but I think because I grew up in Hawaii, it doesn’t do anything for me.

But streams are wonderful. Waterfalls and rushing rivers are okay, but I like streams the best. Water gurgling over rocks.

So, I thought—why not utilize that in my workspace? We’d received a tabletop water fountain as a wedding gift and never even opened the box. Why not use it now?

Here is my new tranquility corner!

What do you think?

What do you do for your tranquility? Or is it more along the lines of, "Relax? What's that? I think the last time was in '89 ..."


  1. Oh this is nice! I think I need some "running water" sound too because I catch myself hanging out in the fountain area at Home Depot! lol! I would have a hard time keeping my kiddos out of anything tranquil....

  2. Kewl! I don't have a tranquility spot. However, I do burn scented lavender candles, which are supposed to help you relax. Or I drink chamomile tea. :-D

  3. I love the fountain! Mine broke down a while back so I need to get a new one.
    Can't seem to find one I like though :)

  4. I'm just giggling at how you can call storms and five days of power outages, and the ongoing adventure and chaos of our household a "writer's retreat." LOL!

    I WISH I'd gotten a picture of you hard at work on your laptop - by candlelight.

    The peppers from the garden are missing you - no one else is eating them.

    I'm glad our Minnesota streams have inspired you, even though Lake Superior made you yawn. ;-)

    Come again anytime! There are more hiking trails to explore, and more bunnies, badgers, and chipmunks in the garden. I miss you!

  5. Water is always relaxing. I grew up on Long Island (NY). I love all bodies of water but nothing tops being in/near the ocean.

    I don't have a spot but seeing water does it for me. So does certain scents, like lavender or almond.

  6. You grew up in Hawaii?
    You are such an interesting human being, Camy.

  7. Tranquility? What's that? With four kids and a dog (very good dog, I should confess) tranquility is a hotel room for the weekend.

    I'm counting the days until ACFW!