“Life is easy to chronicle, but bewildering to practice.”
A Room with a View
It’s no secret that a life dedicated to writing has a lifelong history of financial struggle. But year after year there are also stories of writers who break through and join the ranks of the financially secure—some even very weathly. I at least got a taste of that Friday night when my wife and I stayed one night in the Author’s Suite at the Swissotel Chicago.
I would like to say I was there because of a screenplay I had written or at least for this blog, but the truth is it was an upgrade for it being our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Since we got married in the Rocky Mountains, for our 25th I had always dreamed of going to the Swiss Alps, so at least staying in a hotel whose headquarters are in Zurich was a nice compromise.
I don’t know if John Grisham, Stephen King, J.K. Rowlings or any screenwriters have ever stayed at the Swissotel’s Author’s Suite, but if they did this one-bedroom suite comes complete with a writing area. Though there are plenty things to distract you from writing including four TV’s (3 flat screens and one in the bathroom mirror), one telescope and fantastic views of downtown Chicago including one that overlooks the Navy Pier “where the river meets the lake.”
So if you need a little inspiration this morning perhaps a few photos from The Author’s Suite will encourage you. I took the photos below around sunrise Saturday morning. Over the years my wife and I have been fortunate to stay in some pretty nice places in the states and overseas, but we concluded that this suite (I’m guessing at least 1,000 sq. feet) on the 41st floor was the most stunning hotel room we have ever stayed. So thanks Swissotel for the upgrade. (And the added touch of Champagne and cake.)