Do you wish you could write alone in a cabin?

There’s an episode of the old Dick Van Dyke show (one of my all-time favorite sitcoms) where Rob (Dick’s character) borrows a friend’s cabin in the woods so he can finally get the time and space to write his novel.

He sets up his writing equipment then…

He plays paddleball a long while, then tries to fix the slight slant of his writing table, then repairs an old crate to use as a trash basket. When he finds a cowboy hat, holster, and pistols, he can’t resist strutting around like a cowboy and drawing his pistols for a mock quick fire.

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Take Us Somewhere

I recently read Jules Verne’s 1871 classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea—and found myself as enthralled as when I read the comic book version as a scrawny kid.

Three men lost at sea are taken aboard the Nautilus, a secret submarine that traverses the world’s oceans because Captain Nemo never wishes to live on land again. Here the narrator, Professor Aronnax, walks on the seafloor for the first time:

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