While most of my writing occurs on the sofa in my float cabin home, or at the picnic table out front, I also have a writer’s retreat for those moments I want to be absolutely alone.
At first I thought about asking my good friend John (who constructed our cabin) to build a studio on a float of its own, but the final solution was even easier.
John’s brother Rick (a taxi driver in town) found an old boat for $500. We bought the derelict fiberglass vessel with a motor that was shot, but the hull intact.
John, my wife Margy, and I worked to gut the interior, refurbish the exterior, and prepare the Gemini for its reinvented life as a floating writers retreat. It’s name was appropriate for a science fiction writer, don’t you think? After several months of work inside and out, she was finally ready to launch at Powell Lake for a tow up to the cabin.
Without the old engine that went to the junk yard, we had to devise a way to make her heavy enough to ride lower in the water. Fortunately, Powell Lake has lots of rocks to choose from.
Now I can sit at the helm and dream up great story ideas, including one that happened at the bottom of the lake right in front. Take a look at Anomaly at Fortune Lake. This hard science fiction novel combines off-the-grid living with astronomy and alien first contact.
Click here to read or download the first three chapters of Anomaly at Fortune Lake in PDF for FREE. Let me know what you think. – Wayne