I have a two-year-old son. Whenever he sees my laptop, he points to it and says, “Momma busy.” Yep. But this realization in his toddler brain does not stop him from lunging at my computer with blueberry-stained hands, or from driving over the keyboard with one of his endless fleet of toy cars.
As you can imagine, I don’t get much writing done at home. So, when it’s time for me to hunker down with my characters or an edit letter, I absolutely have to leave the house.
Lucky for me, my hometown of Madison is a Mecca for coffee shops. I have different places for different moods and times of day. When I need to stay up late, I go to a hippie-dippy vegan joint around the corner that’s open until 11:00 PM. It has dirty bathrooms with writing on the walls, but fast wi-fi and nice baristas.
If I need a meal, I go to a sourdough bakery down the street, but only if it’s a weekday. On weekends, it’s overrun by the stroller brunch mafia. I love kids, but when I’m out of the house and away from mine, I don’t want to be around other people’s.
And, finally, there’s my tried-and-true: a cafe called Barriques, just kitty corner from the white dome of the state capitol building. It’s got strong, organic coffee and, better yet, an ever-changing menu of wines by the glass. Because sometimes, after mommy time and day-jobbing, dog walking and dinner-making, a girl just needs a nice glass of Malbec while tackling that ever-so-important opening chapter, yet again.
What about you? Where do you write or go for some “me” time?
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