Living the Writing Life in the Bay Area
Living as a writer in California, inspiration abounds. The San Francisco Bay Area offers a plethora of writing material from which to draw. From the scenery to the cultural atmosphere, life is full and complementary to a writing life. I take advantage of it every chance I get!
And, once I got settled into California, I started checking out the marathons out here on the West Coast, having fallen in love with marathoning on the East Coast.
Admittedly, I will keep marathoning until I just can't anymore. It is my niche, as I said to my daughter, leaning over my knees after my first marathon in Washington, D. C. I did my 17th in 2019 and was training for my 18th when Covid-19 brought us all to our knees. Then I broke my ankle. I am back to running and will be training again as soon as we can go back to in-person races. Kudos to those who can do virtual races, but I'm going to wait it out. It will give me more time to heal.
Running is my time for organizing my thoughts, and mostly, it is a breeding ground for ideas. Sometimes so many ideas come to me, it's hard to keep track of them until I get home! The important ones stick, though.
Less than an hour away is the coast, where the beauty of the ocean can restore a writer's soul. When I was living in Monterey many years back, the beauty of the peninsula, and my writing, soothed my soul. Monterey has to be seen to be believed. Its healing properties stride across your viewfinder with plush resonance.
I revel in the beauty of the coast all along the Pacific Highway. There is not one point along that highway that isn't breathtaking, at least in my experience.
When I need a little love, or even a lot, Shelby is ready and willing to give it. And, when she wants to distract me, she's good at that, too. Some distractions are a good thing, and she's one of those. However, she has her moments. Her sweetness softens my heart, every time. (She hated her Christmas outfit, gifted to her by my son. She was begging me with her eyes to take it off!)
She has accompanied me to Monterey and other beaches along the coast and definitely seems to love it as much as I do.
Attending the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in Hawaii to present a paper in the Film and Literature session proved to be the most scenic location I've ever experienced for a conference. I attended in 2018, too, but it was a rainy weekend in Bellingham, Washington. I'm ready for the conference to be back in Hawaii!
The conference might not happen for a while, due to these times that we are in, but I will be proposing a paper as soon as the PAMLA Conference is back in person. It is something I look forward to each year, along with other conferences.
These new times we live in are challenging, and we will persist and learn and grow. Currently working as a front line health worker (behavioral health care), I received the vaccine. I have completed the two-dose regimen, and although it was not easy (the second dose especially), it was important.
I am so looking forward to a time when "stay safe" are no longer words we utter to each other reflexively.