TIME OUT IN THE TREETOPS

There was always something magical about a treehouse, and I have often wondered what it would be like to stay in one.

The last time I was in Ptown at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, I stayed in a cute little beach-themed apartment, full of light. This time around, I’m in a three-floor two-bedroom condo under the trees—and the room in which I sleep, as well as the spacious attic where I work, seem like they’re tucked up in the boughs. Childhood fantasy number umpteen—someday I’m going to live in a treehouse—complete!

Have I spent much time in it? Not much. For those of you wondering why I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, my days here have been filled with swimming, sitting on the beach or on Norman Mailer’s back porch, doing homework, attending workshop, and spending time with the other attendees, all fine writers. Instructor Marita Golden is amazing; since the workshop is all about protagonists in fiction, I’m finding I’m learning as much about myself and other people as I am about the ones I create on the page. Each of us also gets a private meeting with Marita to discuss our work, and, as a group, we’ve been out to dinner at Fanizzi’s, had a pleasant cocktail hour, and attended a jazz concert at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum [PAAM]. We have plans for the rest of the week to include a visit to the famous Pilgrim Monument and a trip to Truro Winery. Oh, yeah—I’ve also managed to cram in a visit to the Wellfleet Drive-in.

Here’s pix of my palace in the trees, where right now I’m sitting as the ocean breezes pour through the open window and skylights, and where each night, I fall asleep to the sound of rustling leaves and marvel at how, when I was a child, I never thought a dream like this would come true.

You can click on each thumbnail to get an enlarged image. Enjoy!

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About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, is a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her horror novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

Posted on August 12, 2010, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Richard Alan Scott

    Really really nice, Krissy!

  2. Wonderful shots making me homesick for a place I won
    t get back to this summer. (Heading for Long Beach Island for a day trip next week!) How I envy you the magic of getting up to the Cape like a right whale (I mean that felicititously) swimming north to the feeding ground.

  3. Okay, thanks. Now you’ve totally made me HOMESICK for IRELAND as this apt is very much like the cottage I had in Duncannon except for the many floors. Mine was one story, but still very reminiscent of it. So, how much you think they’d sell me that place for? I’m loving it! The only “meh” I had was the picture of the lounger where you hang your towels to dry “after the pool or the beach.” Beotch. None of either here, and it’s 978 degrees. Bleh. I’m glad you had the time to get some inspiration and writing done. Love you Sis!!

  4. Honey McGarvie

    AWESOME!!! Someday a sign on this house will say
    “Kristi Petersen Schoonover wrote and slept here!”

  5. Hi K-
    I like the door knob, but not so sure about the fish sculpture. I didn’t know you were there this week. I trust it was a great experience!
    -love, manzino

  6. I love this sort of thing, thanks for sharing! What a great space to write in!

    Bet you hated to leave it.

    • Yes, it WAS a really cool space. I felt like I didn’t spend enough time in it because I was always out and about, but it’d be perfect if you were staying there longer than a week and were just writing and not workshopping and doing a bunch of stuff.

      Actually, the workshop was so great and intensive that I was definitely ready to come home at the end of the week…they say that’s when you’ve had a good “vacation.”

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