Retreating from Retreat
I’m back! And I’m sitting at my computer! At my desk! With wifi at the ready!
And I’m guessing my productivity is going to plummet…
Here’s where I spent most of last week writing:
I was at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Pennsylvania, where I started my writing retreat speaking to a great group of writers with interests as varied as memoir, short stories, journalistic articles, and novels. We had some great talks, great meals, an amazing campfire and, oh, a little writing time.
They left on Sunday, alas, but that only meant that it was time to dig in for the serious work — a writing retreat with Maria V. Snyder. Maria and I spent five days in a cabin (yes on electricity and water, no on wifi, TV, radio, etc.) I wrote 35,000 words and edited 3/4 of STOPPING SHORT (Book 6 in the Diamond Brides Series) — and I talked with Maria about writing and family and life, and I ate way more food than I should have, and I talked with Maria, and I took a couple of easy hikes, and I talked with Maria… Well, you get the idea.
Here’s the writer, in situ. (And no, you can’t see the dive-bombing carpenter bees that became my constant companions):
I drove up on Friday, discovered that I’d locked myself out of the house by forgetting to bring my house keys on retreat, wrote at the local library until Mark came home to spring me, and spent one night in my own bed.
Then, on Saturday, I spent the entire day with the Washington Romance Writers, doing two presentations and a reading with Lady Jane’s Salon. By the time I got home Saturday night, I felt a little drunk (although I hadn’t touched alcohol) and a little hoarse!
Sunday was a day of rest, with time to chat with my mother 🙂
And now, I’m back in the saddle, with a ton of writing on today’s to-do list. And so… I’m off!
How about you? Did I miss anything major last week! I won’t be able to catch up on everything so shout out if there’s something I should know!