Guts Required Here

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ― Helen Keller, The Open Door

 Tomorrow, my dear friends, you will find here my first Writing Nook Dare. No. This will not be a contest, a challenge, or, heaven-forbid, any kind of reality-television kind of game. This will simply be a category in which the “wonderful” of a certain spot is met in equal measure with its “challenging.”

In my estimation (and mine alone), “Guts Are Required” in these particular pads… (well, guts for a single, so-so sane, brave but not especially hardy person, that is, to ensconce themselves into for an extended period of time with only pen and paper as company.)

This is not to disparage these places in the least. No, no, no. In fact, someone give me a plane ticket and a ten night stay and I’m there, babe! Like today. An hour ago, if you’d like. Is that me knocking on your door?… Pardon. Very much not the point.

What makes a nook “GAR”-eligible?

1.) Tightness or awkwardness of space (i.e. anyplace where a ladder must be used to reach the lone toilet),

2.) Isolation of place (i.e. if tidal charts outside the door must be checked before entry or exit is conceivable),

3.) Exposure of place (in the case of a panic disorder fiend like myself this is a particularly tricky trait to explain sanely… so, let’s just move on, shall we?),

4.) Limited modernization (i.e. hole in the ground as that lone toilet),

5.) Substantial lack of windows, exits, or floors in which to burrow out of in case of emergency or brain disintegration,

And a half a dozen other variables I’m entirely too embarrassed to note here (i.e. low ceilings or wall to wall shag carpet). In other words, if my surviving the visit mentally intact is in reasonable doubt yet I’m still positive substantial, meaningful and darn good writing could occur, the spot earns a place here amongst the Writing Nook Dares.

So, no, this is not a curse. Think of the designation as a tiny flag flying high in the wind beckoning all adventurers to drop hardy minds down upon its shores… Um, yeah. Or take it as an asterisk signifying that Chloe would almost chicken out here.


But not quite.

Until our first Writing Nook Dare…

Chloe Stowe

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