The Field House on Sutton Island (photo credit: C. Jeffery Wahlstrom) - inspiration behind the upcoming book, The Field House: A Writer's Life Lost and Found on an Island in Maine. Publication date: May 4, 2021 (May the Fourth Be With You!)
When I learned last summer that my book would be published, the flush of shock and thrill floated me through several weeks. However, twenty-two months is a long time to sustain thrill. Inevitably, emotions ebb. Somehow, though, today’s minus-one-year mark feels like a milestone. A tiny upsurge of anticipatory flutters has reawakened.
It seemed fitting to share a photo today of the house that gave my book its name. The island home long known as The Field House was Rachel Field’s beloved summer home, her muse, the site that housed her deepest soul-connections, her flush of first love, her loneliness, her flames of poetic, prosaic, and creative inspiration.
I, too, arrived on the island in the flush of young love. That same house elicited my own stirrings and literary inspiration, and bound me heart-and-soul to Rachel Field. Others have found inspiration within the walls of the Field House across the years – writers, poets, composers. Some houses seem to hold a beating heart in their creaks and cobwebs; they whisper their secret histories from the dusty corners. This is one of them. I’m anxious to travel out there and awaken the house from its winter sleep. Soon.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 254: 196 words, TOTAL = 41,637; 18,363 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is an award-winning author, poet, and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her children, grandchildren, and granddogs.