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Friday, September 26, 2014

Writers' Retreat!

Now and then it's rewarding to celebrate the muse, the process, the milestones in the fellowship of like minds. I'm at the Midwest Romance Writers Retreat this weekend in Olathe, Kansas.

Timing is wonderful! We are at the beginning of a 90-day writing challenge. I've logged just under 50k words in two weeks. The weather is perfect--first week of autumn. Cool, crisp mornings, moderate daytime temps. A huge deck, scenic views, terrific food!

Members work together to make and stuff retreat goody bags, so it's like a mini conference for four days. One might bring notebooks, another pens, books, magnets with our logo. Or delicious chocolates, hand sanitizers, Mardi Gras beads...anything goes.

Writing is such a solitary business, so gathering with close friends, sipping hot tea or coffee while having interactive discussions...just recharges this writer's emotional and creative batteries.

Here's hoping all of you enjoy your weekend.
Sunny

P.S. Here's one of the books we are studying by our own Alfie.


8 comments:

Anne Marie Becker said...

Oh, how fun! (And rejuvenating.) Our local chapter has talked about putting together a retreat, but hasn't yet organized one. Sounds like a blast - wishing you a fantastic weekend!

jean harrington said...

50K words in two weeks! I'm in total awe. Go girl!

Rita said...

We lived in KC many years. This is such a beautiful time of year there. Have a very successful and productive time

Marcelle Dubé said...

Oh, I'm so envious! It's been years since I've been on a retreat. I hope yours turns out to be a wonderful experience. And congratulations on the productivity--impressive!

Sunny Cole said...
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Sunny Cole said...

Thanks Anne Marie, Jean, Rita, & Marcelle! We are having tons of fun. Anne Marie, I'd be happy to share how we organize our annual retreat. We must be doing something right, because our numbers keep increasing. Lol

And thanks for the production kudos. This mystery has been fun to write.

Cathy Perkins said...

Writing retreats keep me going as a writer (and probably keep me sane! Well, relatively anyway :) )
Isn't it interesting how many of us live in fairly remote areas? My annual get together with my Golden Heart group and the remnants of the Masterclass re-energize me and always refill the creative well.

Alfie T. said...

Home again, home again, jiggety jig. It was a wonderful retreat! Thanks Sunny, for mentioning my book. And thanks for helping make the retreat spectacular.

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