A few days ago, I shared on Facebook that my husband, very generously, offered to rent a houseboat for the fall as a place for me to write my fifth novel, which, as you know, is set on a houseboat in Seattle. At first, being the thrifty person I am, I said “no way!” After all, we just bought another property in town, and it seemed like an outrageous additional expense to take on, but then I thought about it: What would be more amazing than having my own houseboat for the fall? A place I could sneak away to and work on my new novel? A place to uncork a bottle of wine on the rooftop deck with friends and watch the boats go by (while thinking about plot points, of course)? A place to invite friends and family to have dinner and even stay the night in the upstairs loft? Dreamy, right?
So, thanks to some wonderful encouragement from my pals on Facebook (and in the real world) who encouraged me to take the plunge (quite literally, here), today I got the keys to a beautiful, cozy, unbelievably quaint little houseboat on Lake Union. The owner happens to be a book publisher who is a dear, and when not living in this gorgeous floating home, she lives in Canada. We’ll be renting her houseboat for four months—just enough time for me to submit my manuscript to my editor, and time enough to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve on our little lakeside oasis.
“You only live once,” my husband said today, and he’s so right. I not only believe my new novel will be richer for this experience, but I also think this will be a time my family and I will treasure for a lifetime. Obviously, houseboats and little boys don’t really mix that well, so we’ll have to watch them like hawks when they visit, and we won’t be living there in any permanent way (we’ll still sleep at our permanent residence in Seattle), but I’ll plan to spend as much time as possible there, and plan frequent stayovers (for research, of course!).
I took some photos of our new houseboat and the surrounding floating home neighborhood today, and wanted to share them with you here: