Recluse (adjective) : avoiding the company of other people; solitary
Watching a documentary movie on famous reclusive American author J. D. Salinger makes me obsessed with the lifestyle of a recluse as a writer. If you’re like me, writing in the middle of constant turbulent commotion is like a pain in the ass. I have to make a conscious effort to work like a normal person, that is to say, make jokes when I don’t feel like I want to, get together with coworkers when I don’t have to, getting distractions when I am supposed to be writing and productive. They think I’m asocial when I refuse to type when they throw jokes. Truthfully, I don’t mind. I don’t bother. All I want is some peace to work in.
So this is what I plan for some years ahead:
- Build my reputation as a writer.
- Arm myself with any skills important to being a professional author.
- Get myself a small house with lawns and organic farms around it and leave the hectic urban areas of Jakarta to live in an idyllic countryside where Internet connection does still reach me.
- Become a recluse.
- Teach yoga in a very small, private class.