For my husband and I, off-grid means just that. We have spent the last couple years building (and now enjoying!) the off-grid cabin of our dreams. The definition of off-grid varies, but for us it’s no utilities, no cell phone service, no internet, and a forty minute drive to the nearest… anything.
And oh, how I love it. We’re not living there full-time–yet. If things go according to plan (yeah, I know, that’s tempting fate) we will be in the not too distant future.
We’re not off-grid in an Alaskan bush, a hundred miles from the nearest town, sort of way (though I often wish we were). We’re not camping or roughing it. We have a solar system, and for a newbie like me that was sure a learning curve. I have a refrigerator, lights, and a DVD player. We have nice, quiet neighbors of both human and wildlife varieties. We don’t have traffic, noise, light pollution, ringing phones, and constant in-your-face social media (ahem, which is what I’m doing to you now. Please forgive me).
We call it the Someday Cabin because we always said, “Someday we’ll have a cabin.” Someday has arrived.
What does this mean as a writer? Well, you haven’t seen much of me lately because I’ve been largely, well, off the grid. It also means I have a golden opportunity to turn out words without the usual modern-day society distractions and more of the things that inspire me. I’m a very private writer. I’ve seen people writing away in coffee shops and always wonder how they do it. It doesn’t work for me, but then, every writer is different and inspired by different things. And that’s the beauty of it.
I have three books close to publication (again, that plan thing. Who knows what could happen in the meantime. It’s all part of this grand, unpredictable thing called life). Two were co-authored with one of my very favorite people in the universe. You’ll meet her soon. She’s a fantastic author and we have had so much fun on this adventure together. A quote by J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, comes to mind when I think of her.
“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” ~ J.D. Salinger
I have that with her, along with unconditional support and some truly brutal editing. She doesn’t let me get away with anything. What a wonderful thing.
I see I veered off course. I’ll end this update now and head back to the mountains. It’s mid-September and the days are warm, the nights are crisp, the aspens are changing (Colorado gold!), and the bull elk are starting to bugle. It’s an exciting time to be in the mountains, taking in nature and the changing of the seasons. It’s time to find inspiration for the next story. It’s a fine time to be off-grid.
I’ll leave you with a few shots from the last year, because that’s what I do. And one more quote from J.D. Salinger (while pondering my own initials, DJ, and my love of secluded, quiet places that are off the grid).
“I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it.” ~ J.D. Salinger