Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The writing gang (aka 10 members of the RWAC chapter) converged on White Point Beach this past weekend for our annual Writers’ Retreat. Each year we rent a private cottage on the resort that sleeps about 10 and we spend Friday-Sunday writing our little hearts out. Not to say writing is the only thing we do. We also do brainstorming sessions, writing exercises, plenty of eating, movie watching (for inspiration of course), and wine drinking.

This year’s format allowed for more writing time, so I had lots of opportunity to work on the two new manuscripts I’ve decided to concentrate on and figure out which one will be the chosen one for NaNo. I had intended on working on a contemporary story with romantic elements, but I think I will save that one for the new year and use the YA paranormal for NaNo. It means a lot of work trying to get the structure of the book outlined and the characters figured out before November 1st, so I’m hustling my butt and my brain, and the retreat gave me the opportunity to do both.

The retreat always rejuvenates me and as soon as we leave I’m already looking forward to next year’s.

Below are some pixs of retreat that Julia took. Mine are still languishing on my digi-cam and will hopefully get downloaded this weekend when I find a spare minute.

Meanwhile, in other news – we’re still waiting to hear if we are getting a pup from the current litter the breeder has or the next one. I’m really hoping for this one, but if it doesn’t happen, guess there’s not much I can do but wait until the next one. I’m really happy with this breeder and her dogs and definitely want one of them.

In preparation however, we did get the kitchen and hallway floors redone and now have the ugly peeling linoleum gone, gone, gone replaced by lovely new ceramic tile. Which is very cold in the morning, but oh so pretty to look at.
It was REALLY chilly when Julia and I arrived. We were the first ones there and the heat was turned off, so we had to bundle up until things got warmer.
This must be where I'm regaling everyone with my brilliantly constructed plot. Or where I killed the clown. I forget. Either way, they're obviously riveted.

Me and Julia imbibing during dinner. I did mention there was wine drinking. : )


Anne MacFarlane said...

Looks like so much fun. Wish I could've been there.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the retreat was a lot of fun :)

Melissa Marsh said...

Oooh, I would love to have a writing retreat - what fun! Glad you're rejuvenated again. :-)

Tess said...

It sounds like so much fun! I'd love to be able to do something like that at some point. My writing could certainly use some rejuvenation!

Glad you got some good work done on your mss!!!

Cool re replacing the old lino with ceramic tile. Yep, certainly is chilly on the feet - I remember we put it in the bathroom of our first townhouse in Ottawa and HOW COLD it was that winter when it hit -40. I had to line up the two bathroom rugs on my route to the toilet in the middle of the night *g*.

Hope you get that pup from the first litter!!!

Lexi said...

Looks and sounds like a great time!

Annette Gallant said...

I'm not kidding when I say I'm already counting down until next year!

Hope the puppy works out. I know you've been wanting one for a long time.

I love our ceramic floors, except for how cold they are. My brother installed radiant heating under his. My next house!