I thought I'd give you all a peek into the past weekend's festivities. :) Thank you to all the Twitter and Facebook buds who chimed in and were 'there' with us on the writing retreat.
My writing buddy Katie Ganshert and I met in the picturesque and inspiring historical gem of a town, Galena, IL for a much anticipated writing retreat getaway. I think we first planned this retreat six months ago.
The above picture is pretty much how Katie spent the weekend. I could never write in this position, but she rocked it. She was doing mostly book surgery, changing lots in her current WIP, and now she has it all sorted and organized and is ready to start adding words. Book surgery can be so daunting and frustrating, especially if you'd rather be pounding out the words. But she stuck with it and got a LOT done.
I've dubbed this picture: The Aftermath. We clobbered a 12 pack of Diet Coke, and polished off quite a bit of a large pizza from Happy Joe's Pizzaria. On Saturday, we only left the room for about 40 minutes to run to Culver's for lunch, then had the pizza delivered in later that night for supper. We laughed about the DC cans. Looked like a frat party in there. And no, Pastor Kevin, no one had to call the authorities. :)
This is us in front of the two story fireplace in the hotel lobby. The hotel was very nice, not one of the historic B&B's that Galena is famous for. (Those are all set up for honeymooners.) But it was a big room, nice beds, lots of pillows, and easy access wi-fi. (Important for authors. :) )
And this is Katie in her favorite sweatshirt and with her volumizing curlers in her hair. This made us laugh because she was bemoaning her hair's lack of volume, while I was bemoaning how much volume my hair has. :) It's always something.
What a great weekend. I got to visit a couple of museums (more on that Wednesday.) I got to hang with Katie Ganshert, which is awesome! We talked writing until we were hoarse, and then talked some more. I focused well on my WIP and added 13K words in two days of writing. It was exciting to see the story grow so quickly. I updated my word counter often throughout the weekend.
I also got to watch the Kansas Jayhawks cut down the nets after the Big 12 Conference Tournament. Yay! Rock, Chalk, Jayhawks! I'm hoping they rip it up during the NCAA Tournament. No early out!
So, have you ever been on a writing retreat? This is by far the BEST one I've ever attended.