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Self-Isolation as Writer’s Retreat

Camp Corona Day 1 I normally work from home and don’t leave the apartment more than twice a week. So what makes the Camp Corona “Self-Isolation as Writer’s Retreat” shtick different my regular everyday life? We’re currently provisioned well enough that I could skip going out at all for 3, possibly 4 weeks. That’s less […]

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The Last Trip Outside

Welcome of Camp Corona, my personal writer’s retreat rooted in self-isolation due to the global pandemic. I’ve already been writing about what’s going on, from my perspective as an American expat in Central Finland. This is apparently going to go on for a while, so I decided the series needed a catchy name. Day 0 […]

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On Being a Contented Writer

This post serves as proof of life as I continue to exist as an imperfect hermit. I am a contented writer at the moment, in spite of and perhaps because of the flaws in my process and the mildly annoying interruptions that throw my plans off course. If I may, I’d like to provide you […]

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Novels versus the Internet

The other day I expressed my feelings about something on Twitter. This was, of course, met with the standard reactions one would expect from people online. My take on the situation was wrong, my feelings were wrong, I should just avoid the thing that’s bothering me. You can’t just say something out loud to get […]

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When the World is Running Down

The building is quiet, and I’ve been getting quite a bit of writing done. There’s the minimum amount of snow outside needed to make things white, and enough slowly-returning daylight to keep things bright. The heater works. We have ample supplies of coffee and milk. Next to me is a small stack of book and […]