shhhhh….it's so quiet here

I didn’t realize how accustomed I am to noise and activity. Earlier this evening, I was sitting at my little desk at the mansion, scribbling notes, and all I could hear was the sound of my pen on the paper. Wow. I don’t know when I’ve ever actually heard that sound before.
I arrived around 11:30 this morning. I picked up some groceries which included a giant bag of M and M peanuts, then made up my bed and explored the mansion, which is very old and wonderful. It reminds me a little of a cross between Mount Vernon and Monticello, though it’s not nearly that old. I often have dreams where I turn a corner in a house only to find yet another room. Then I open a door and find still another. That’s what this is like. One room after another. The NC Literary Hall of Fame is here and the vibrations of long-gone writers fill the hallway.
Now here’s the thing: I’m a news junkie, hooked more than I ever dreamed. Here’s there’s no radio. No TV. So i took myself out to dinner and now I’m sitting at Panera where I can get internet access . . .  and John’s called me three times to tell me what’s on CNN. LOL. So I’m not exactly cut off, but I don’t know if I’ve ever been in an environment so conducive to writing. I’m looking forward to a full day of it tomorrow. 
I took some pictures, but forgot my uploading doohickey at the mansion. I’ll get them on the blog tomorrow. Wait till you see the view from my room!


  1. Margo on October 31, 2006 at 8:49 am

    LOL with the peanut M & M’s!…I’m a huge fan of them too…this mansion sounds SO intriguing & I can’t wait to see pics. What a perfect setting for writing, in total solitude…I’m definitely envious.

  2. Krysia on October 31, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    Peanut butter M&M’s are way better. I’d go insane in total quiet like that. Can’t wait to see the pictures.

  3. Ann on October 31, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    Are you in North Carolina? Anxious to see pictures – sounds like a place where you could take many good ones! Hope the quiet will make a perfect writing day tomorrow.

  4. Diane on October 31, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    Margo, you and I would not be good for each other when it comes to healthy eating.
    I didn’t leave the mansion today, which means I wasn’t able to upload the pixes. (i have a dial up connection here–just impossible to use with the pictures). I wrote an entire chapter today! Joy! When there is absolutely nothing else to do, it’s amazing what you can accomplish. I did take a short creative nap and I also walked around the garden for about half an hour. John called to tell me about the trick or treaters who came to our house and to fill me in on the latest news (not that there was much of it).
    Tomorrow morning I’m going into the little town to check out the coffee shops, where I hope to upload the pictures. And maybe do another chapter! I’m cookin’.

  5. LAURA on November 1, 2006 at 9:49 am

    Oh Diane–You have NO idea what kind of eater Margo is!! You’ve seen her picture, so you know she’s just a slim little thing. She doesn’t eat much during the day–a few Fig Newtons in the morning and a yogurt in the afternoon–BUT OH MY!! Does she ever eat in the evening! She’ll have a double Whopper w/cheese & bacon, fries, and a large shake at supper. Then get up at midnight and devour a bowl of Dairy Queen and a large “Chunky” candy bar!! And this is an every day thing–huge supper then a midnight “snack”! She says she’s been eating this way all her life, so I guess her body is used to it–Way to go Margo!
    PS (she told me I could tell you all this, so don’t worry about our friendship–it’ll still be intact!)

  6. Diane Chamberlain on November 1, 2006 at 9:09 pm

    I love hearing about Margo’s eating habits. She told me about the Dairy Queen, but neglected to fill me in on the other goodies. She looks great in spite of it all. The two poets with whom I’m sharing the Weymouth House this week make their healthy salads in the kitchen while I eat M and M peanuts in my room.
    I was at one time a serious lowfat vegetarian who excercised at least 6 days a week. When I got rheumatoid arthritis in spite of “living well” I made a decision to eat what I like. . . as long as my weight stayed under an. . . ahem. . . certain amount. Life’s too short!

  7. Margo on November 2, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Diane, you look FABULOUS and are pretty small yourself…I have the same philosophy as you, life is way too short…I’ve had a back problem since age 12 and doctors insisted I workout with specially designed exercises to help strengthen my back…they drummed it into me and I’ve remained faithful to the excercise regime my entire life which I think probably helps keep my weight down. I’m also a swimmer so as a result this probably allows me to eat whatever and not worry about it…like you, I was a vegetarian at 1 time until I met Gary who is a fabulous cook and I eat anything and everything he makes…I think the main key is the excercise…I imagine you had to quit exercising after getting RA?

  8. Diane Chamberlain on November 3, 2006 at 11:47 am

    let’s see— i don’t know if i “had” to quit excersing after getting RA, but i did. At least for the most part. I certainly couldn’t continue to do what i was doing –step aerobics and free weights. but there are things i COULD still be doing that i am not motivated enough to do. my NY resolution for 2006 was to start pool aerobics and here it is november and i haven’t done it. so it will be my 2007 year’s resolution. lol. i know i’ll love it once i get into it…it’s just making that first step.
    krysia, i did go a little insane the first 24 hours here, but now i wish i could stay longer. I wrote 30 pages in 3 days, which is a good pace for me. when i get home, i’m going to have to reorganize my life a little bit to be able to keep that up.

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