Saturday, August 1, 2009

Taking Time Out by Margot Justes

Working, writing, marketing what has already been published are all full time jobs. Trying to tie up loose ends in A Hotel in Bath, (which by the way will be done this weekend) I have been working non-stop and came to the realization I need time out.

And that is precisely what I have done, every Friday evening, I go to the Glen-our own version of a bit of urban paradise, I exaggerate about the urban paradise, but I can sit outside at Starbucks and sip a cup of coffee, keep in mind, I order just a regular cup of coffee, if I want a latte or a cappuccino, I make my own, I have a Nespresso machine that nicely does the job to perfection.

I sit and I watch people stroll by, young, old, middle aged, everyone walks down the main street that is filled with boutiques, restaurants and cafes; it is a grand promenade.

Well maybe not a grand promenade, but enchanting nevertheless. It is relaxing; a breath of air where I don’t worry about what has to be finished or started, or completed. For that one night my computer does not get turned on, and you know what, it is terrific and rejuvenating.

On Fridays, after work I run my errands, so I won’t have to on the weekend, and I look forward to my cup of coffee. I may even venture beyond Starbucks next Friday and try a little intimate gelato place right down the street from Starbucks, they have outside seating with lit candles at each table, and at dusk it looks lovely and romantic; the ambiance just perfect, now all I need is the romance.

Till next time,
Margot Justes
A Hotel in Paris ISBN 978-1-59080-534-3
Art brought her to Paris, then a stranger’s death changes her life.
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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

How delightful!

We all need to take some time out once in awhile. I'm taking three days "out". Heading to southern California to spend three days with my daughters who live there and go to a book launch for a friend.

Looking forward to it. (Must confess, I am taking my mini-laptop and my Blackberry--and oh yes, my Kindle too.


Margot Justes said...

Sounds like it's a working vacation, but the good thing is that it is time away with family.

Terry Odell said...

On an 'everday' basis, we go out for coffee on Sunday mornings with a couple having no ties to writing. He's a former colleague of hubby's, and they talk 'shop'; she's an avid reader, so we might discuss our reading preferences, but it's just as likely to be her cat's latest antics, or her grandkids.

It makes the day "different". Anyone who writes knows that there's not much to differentiate one day from the next.

My husband also has a 3 day meeting in St. Augustine next month, and I'm going to tag along just for a change of scenery. On that trip, I'll have camera and laptop.

Oh...and 2 of our kids pitched in and surprised us with a 4 day Bahamas cruise. That will be a total getaway; not paying shipboard prices for Internet, or phone roaming charges.

Debra St. John said...

Oooh, I love The Glen. What a perfect place to take time out and relax. Enjoy!

Margot Justes said...

I found the best thing is the total getaway-there is no guilt, and I agree one day rolls into the next.

The Glen is the perfect place to re-group.

And...trumpet roll please...I'm going to finish A Hotel in Bath today, and guess where I'm going to celebrate-can't guess-why Starbucks at the Glen of course.