But a writer doesn’t have to go to anywhere exotic to be in residency. We can be in residency in our own residence, which is where I am today and where I am most weekends.
My apartment is my studio and may freak out those who dislike clutter. Seated around me is all that inspires me, my paintings, my books, my plants, a big sunny window good for day dreaming. For some creation is best down in silence, with music accompaniment or like me a watching Harry Potter movies or reruns of the Vikings. Go team Rollo!
This is my residency in my residence, my escape from the world, as I believe many others have a studio, a special room or even nature. Our residency is our escape into our creativity.
And yet, residency can extend to our community. In fact, creating with a group of friends and family and is a great way to explore our creativity.
About once a month friends and I get together for a little meditation, a little journaling and painting...and a lot of food. In fact, once friend wasn’t so keen on the meditations and the painting, so she bought delish homemade dishes and pastries. Now she is a student at the cordon blue to become pastry chef.
Our creativity and our community share not just specifics types of artwork, cooking and crafts. Our residency extends to our community.
So, while I am thrilled at my upcoming residency, it is just an opportunity to explore my creativity beyond my residence, which is where it starts...at home.