Somewhat like “Where’s Waldo?” I’m currently in hiding. Well, not hiding exactly, but on a three month sabbatical to finish writing my next book—The Business of Being.
I’ll be in this U.S. location—where I don’t know anyone, and no one knows me—until the last week of March. Social media visits will be rare as I plan to laser-focus on completing the manuscript. However, I’ve reserved Tuesdays to come up for air and visit with online friends here and on your blogs as well.
The latitude of my hideaway is 46.021587. Hang onto it because my final post from this location (Mar 28) will contain the longitude. Each post between now and then will include a different hint in the photo caption. The first person to type the accurate city and state of my sabbatical location into the comments section of the Mar 28 post will receive a personalized copy of Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth for themselves or as a gift to someone else.
Sometimes people say, “I’m going away to find myself.” I know exactly where I am, but do you?
Good luck with your writing. It looks like a great place, Laurie.
Olga — Thank you for the well wishes 🙂
Good luck with your latest project Laurie. This looks like someplace in Montana.
I think that you are in Moscow . . . not that Moscow, but in Moscow, Idaho! 🙂
Jan — Yours is also a good guess 🙂
Darlene — I’m keeping track of everyone’s guesses. Yours is good 🙂
I have been wondering. Happy new year Laurie and I wish you much creative energy during this season ❤️ I love this fresh look too.
Nomzi — Thank you so much for the well wishes 🙂
You are most welcome dear Laurie 😊
Please be safe, curious, and deliberate. Sending blessings!
Cindy — That’s a great recipe: Safe + Curious + Deliberate. Yes indeed 🙂
That’s a fun idea. Enjoy your writing time. It isn’t much nicer weather here in Boise.
ColdHandBoyack — We’ve been reading the online version of the Idaho Statesman and see the melting snow has created flooding issues. Yikes!
It’s going to be a mess until February, depending on how much more we get.
ColdHandBoyack — Then I’m glad I’m here and not there (although Len returns tomorrow. That is, if his plane can land at the Boise airport) 🙂
Fingers crossed for him.
Clever! 🙂 I’d like to hope that you’ll end up in Hawaii – that’s where I’ll be next month, working on my next book of fiction…..If I can drag myself out of the sun. And from under the palm trees.
Best of luck to you, Laurie!!
Pam — Ohhhhhh, you’re going to have a blast in Hawaii. You may not get a single word written while lounging in the sunshine, but you’ll definitely have a great time 🙂
I’d likely be the last person to guess right, but I just ordered your book so that’s okay. Happy writing.
Arlene — I’m tickled pink that you ordered NOTE TO SELF. Once you finish reading it, I hope you’ll post a brief review on Amazon and Goodreads 🙂
That sounds very exciting and I love the idea of the game with co-ordinates as we use them all the time during our travels. As for you final question, I am on a continuous journey, but still have no idea where the final destination will be.
I am glad you’ve kept your Tuesday as usual: I always look forward to your blogpost as they are very uplifting. Enjoy your trip! 👍💖
Fatima — You’re a seasoned traveler and I always enjoy reading your posts because you take your readers along via photographs 🙂
I’m going to jump in with a guess of Darby, Montana (population: 720). Happy writing!
Cindy — Yours is another good guess 🙂
you are going to find hidden treasures! now your question – hmmmm where is my soul sextant ?
Cynthia — Your comment made me smile. Thank you 🙂
It’s looks lovely. I hope you’re snuggled with your pen by a roaring fire. Like a few others, my guess is you’re somewhere in Montana.
Leanne — I’ve got my laptop with an App that sounds like keys striking on a typewriter and the “ding” of the carriage return. I’m smokin’ the keyboard 🙂
Yours is a good guess 🙂
I saw the picture and instantly thought Montana. Home!!
Mandy — Another good guess 🙂
As I wrote in my reply to your comment on my blog, I am sure all your Brain Colors will encourage your success sabbatical! Yes, I also know where I am and enjoying my personal and professional location!!
Sheila — I knew you’d be able to relate 🙂
Good luck, it sounds like a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself and your new book!
Michele — Thank you for the well wishes 🙂
Enjoy your adventure and great success ahead. I’ll be working on healing during your time away. Adding another Liangong class to the mix and doing the stationary bike while the rain crashes down On my own adventure!
Patricia — Thank you for the well wishes. You know I’m on “Team Heal Patricia.” Please keep me posted 🙂
Good luck with your book!
Merril — Thank you for the well wishes 🙂
Here’s to sabbaticals and new environments to support writing. Now, that one location point is identified, the game is “a foot”. I am thinking of you and what would attract you. Wherever you are, I hope you are comfortable and enjoying the experience. Write on!
Audrey — Your comment —”the game is a foot” — made me think of Sherlock Holmes and Watson 🙂
Exactly! I’m curious.
Wishing you success and fulfillment with your project.
Carol — Thank you so much for the well wishes 🙂
Good luck on your book……I know where you are, but my lips are sealed!!
Jack — I figured you’d be “in the know.” Thank you for keeping it hush, hush 🙂
Laurie, I know it’s not the North Pole, but it might as well be. I expect in three months time you’ll emerge from the Wilderness, waving a finished manuscript over your head and looking 40 lighter from forgetting to feed yourself. I know how determined you can be when you set a goal for yourself, make sure to cut yourself some slack and get outside to play!
Sandi — “I know it’s not the North Pole, but it might as well be.” You’re darn tootin!'”
Trust me, I won’t forget to feed myself. That’s something I enjoy as much as reading and writing 🙂
Good luck on finishing your next book. I’m doing the same with my next Beyond mystery novel -but from home in snow, wind, rain, ice, and all the other winter crap. But I like to write in my home office. At ;east I get some exercise with shovelling snow but I’d rather garden.
Sharon, I like your positive attitude about shoveling—looking at is as exercise. Best wishes to you as you finish your next book, too 🙂
I was going to say Darby, Montana, too, since Google suggested it, except since this was already said–here’s a second guess. Between Helena and Bozeman, Montana. Is that close enough? Enjoy your retreat–it’s certainly an opportunity to drop away the clutches of the world and to more deeply discover “being”.
Kathy — That’s another good guess. All will be revealed on March 28 🙂
Only you would turn a period of solitude into an excuse for community. Congrats on locating yourself in a good place, with good boundaries protecting your work, and with a whole group of curious, cheering fans. Only one Laurie. Go girl.
Shirley — I’m having a complete and total blast in my solitude Wed-Mon, and continued fun when I come up for air on Tuesdays 🙂
I hope the writing is going well and that it’s Montana and not above the Arctic Circle. Stay warm and keeping pecking at the keys. We all want to read the next book!
Joan — Lots of readers are leaning toward Montana. It’s a good guess 🙂
I love how you pull is in with your little game of geography and cartography. Whatever the place, you are busy bee-ing!
Marian — I am, indeed, “busy bee-ing.” Thank you for the smile 🙂
I actually got out my atlas today. I’m hooked. Will be looking forward with renewed energy to your Tuesday posts (and pix). Walla Walla keeps going through my mind, btw. My very best wishes to you in your time of solitude and work.
Janet — I’m glad you’re “hooked!” Walla Walla is a good guess 🙂
Enjoy getting to know yourself even better Laurie!
Val — Will do, thank you! 🙂
Happy Writing Laurie. 🙂
Thank you so much🎈
I call Montana too! I’ve spent a lot of time in that neck of the woods 🙂 See you at the end of March!
Jeri — Another good guess. Stay tuned… 🙂
Hey just you wait a cotton picking minute… leaving the world and his wife❓❓ 😀 I really don’t blame you Only way to get things done , I would looooooovvvvvveee to do it . Find myself ❓❓❓I hear you ask , I have been looking for myself forever …still searching . Good luck my darling I hope you get the inspiration you are searching for .
Cherry — My fingers are smokin’ the keyboard here in my undisclosed location, and I’m loving every minute of it!
And while you may not know who/where you are, I do. You’re an AMAZING human being who adds a great deal of positivity to your side of the pond! 🙂
Good for you and I’m glad you will be checking in. I can tell by your picture wherever you are, I could live there happily!!!
Tina — You would LOVE it here. I’m in the here. I can’t look out a window in any direction without seeing a mule deer, or seven! 🙂
Best to you!
This game could be fun!
Jeff — I’m having a complete and total blast. Productive and fun — both 🙂
Cute idea, Laurie! Love it! Happy writing. Stay warm!
Michelle — I’m all bundled up except for my hands, they’re smokin’ the keyboard! 🙂
Hi dear its really great to know about your upcoming work how n when do you do this do give me some tips dear and do visit India you will get more new subjects to pen down .and we will be very happy to welcome you in Mhow where I am staying .best wishes to you dear.
EmpowermentOfVibrants — Thank you! If I come to to India, YOU will be the first to know 🙂
Thanks and do visit .
Are you in Darby, Montana? It looks pretty cold there if that’s a current photo. Hope you brought your winter Wookiee. Also gloves to wear while typing. Take care.
Barbara — That’s a good guess. And everything’s warm except for the keyboard on my laptop because my fingers are smokin’ it!
It’s already been guessed, but I’ll second the motion that you’re cozily ensconced in Darby, MT.
Chris — That’s a good guess 🙂
Just googled the latitude – looks like a beautiful place to spend winter 🙂
Inese — You’re right. It’s currently a winter wonderland 🙂
Oooh a game, Gary likes games! Let’s see I’m ruling out the south with your chilling pictures, the midwest because the hill/mountain in the background would stand out like a sore thumb in Indiana. Hmmmmmmmmmmm going to have to get the detective staff on this!
Skipah — Keep following the trail of “breadcrumbs” I leave each week. Then be the FIRST ONE to type in the city and state of my sabbatical location on my March 28 post 🙂
Enjoy! Looking forward to your finished book!
Christopher — Thank you! 🙂
Fairbanks, Alaska? Antartica? hahaha! It sure looks like the perfect place to remain incognito. Trust all is going well my friend! Your dedication and resilience is always an inspiration!
Sam — All good guesses 🙂