Planning a hermitage

I’m planning a hermitage, within my own home, for the end of this month. I’m starting to look forward to it, but I also don’t quite know how it will work.

My husband is traveling to a conference in New York for five days. I considered taking off (both going along and going elsewhere), but I think this is a good idea.

So far this year (it’s actually not new to 2009, though) I’ve been trying to figure out how to fit writing into my days. It’s more difficult to find a home for in the schedule that some other things, because I can’t seem to do it when there’s someone else in the house. Writing also requires a decent-sized block of time.

I’m sure I won’t contain my activities to writing alone — I’m certainly not practiced enough for that. I know I’ll read, and knit, and hopefully spin, as well. I do hope to make significant progress on a few of the ideas swimming in my head, though.

I’m thinking about food for this time. And access to/restriction of the internet. Of course I’ll close my browser while actually attempting to write. But otherwise? I don’t know yet.

This is entirely new to me. Anyone have ideas of what I should do to make this time successful? Or what kind of expectations I should have? I’m prone to setting extremely high expectations. In this, though, I really don’t want to be disappointed.

Oh, and *whispers* today’s my birthday! 🙂


10 responses to “Planning a hermitage

  1. Happy Birthday!

    I like the idea of a hermitage. I want one, too! =) I suggest you stay on the internet for a set amount of time. I can’t get any studying done with my computer on, so I turn it completely off.

    What about writing for a set number of hours, then going somewhere nearby to eat? You can also write there if you feel like it.

    Good luck.

  2. Happy birthday! I hope it’s a great one!

  3. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day 🙂

    I like the idea of a hermitage too. When writing/working on the computer I actually unplug my internet cable. Otherwise my fingers automatically open Firefox when my brain’s not looking.

  4. Do it!! I think it’s a great idea! And…..HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  5. Having visited an actual hermitage may I make a few suggestions?

    No computer or internet whatsoever unless it is vitally necessary for research for your writing. Just unplug for the whole time.

    Go for walks to clear your head.

    Eat a very specific diet. I’d advocate extreme simplicity with high nutritional content. Beans and rice are warm and filling.

    Pre-determine bed and meal times.

    Have plenty of good inspiring books on hand that stimulate rather than lull you.

  6. And clean your house first thing and then leave it alone (other than your dishes) for the rest of the time.

  7. Absolutely, Mandi! Comment away! I welcome your input.

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