I just finished my winter writing retreat at this perfect little cabin in Mystic. My step-sister leant it to me. For one month I was able to focus and write all day, every day. I wrote 90,000 words, the first draft of my next book. Each morning, filled with gratitude, I did a watercolor of the view. It was the most blissfull kind of solitude. And I realized again, how important it is to have the time to focus. A long writing project like a book, or a novel, takes uninterrupted time. I made a promise to myself that I would make that time happen once a year. Hopefully after next year's retreat the book will be done!