Writer’s Getaway

 I arrived yesterday. I was almost late because I didn’t realized how much time it would take to cross Puget Sound by ferry.

I thought that was Whidby Island straight ahead, but the ferry goes off to the left. I’m not sure Yahoo! maps included the ferry in the anticipated travel time. I was supposed to drive our old Maxima, which I knew I could get onto the ferry without any trouble, BUT the Maxima broke down Friday night. I ended up taking my Expedition EL (EL as in extra-long).

I managed without hitting anything. I didn’t bother going upstairs on the ferry because this is a really short trip compared to some of the others. I sat in my car amazed at how many vehicles fit on the ferry– at least seventy by my count. Every other time I have been on a ferry, I have gotten out and walked around. This time, I sat in the car. It felt really weird (and a little queasy) to sit in a car on a boat. When we pulled off the dock, I’ll admit that I grabbed the steering wheel. Ha! Like I could steer the ferry or something.

This is Mt. Baker in the distance, snow capped above the horizon. Let me just tell you how unusual it is to be in Seattle and not see a cloud in the sky.

This was all I saw of the dock as we pulled in. The water must be low. Look how high the barnicles grew.

It was 85 degrees at the crossing to Whidbey Island. That is very warm weather for this side of Washington, but at home it was 105.

The residency portion of the MFA program is located at Captain Whidbey Inn on Whidbey Island. Whidbey Island is home to many writers, has a writers guild and a writers retreat and other fun things. Captain Whidbey caters to writers, artists and such. I was fortunate enough to be booked in a lagoon room. This is my room…. Notice there is no TV, but there is a writer’s desk.

The bed faces a huge window. This is the view outside.

You’d see more of the lagoon if the tent wasn’t there, but the tent is a classroom. My morning class was in the tent today.

And this is my private porch, the perfect place to curl up with a Pepsi and a notebook and wax poetic (or in my case, try to kill someone) in your novel.It said on the website this was a writer’s paradise, but I didn’t believe it. Now, I add my testimonial. This IS a writer’s paradise. If you want to check it out yourself, you can find it here.

Today is officially the first day of school for my MFA. I loved my first two classes. The afternoon sessions are all about the Profession of Writing and will deal with everything from pitches to contracts to cover design. I am looking forward to those workshops as much as the classes.

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12 thoughts on “Writer’s Getaway

  1. Whidby Island is one of my favorite places in the US. I love it when SCBWI holds a conference there. It has been a while. Let’s hope they’re due for another one soon. Enjoy your time there.

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