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Retreat Report

So, as many of you know, my writers group invaded cottage country for five days this past week, and had an even more wonderful time than last year! This cottage was a little bigger, and a little brighter, and even more secluded (about an acre of land--we couldn't see our neighbors on either side even when we looked *really* hard for them). It was right by the lake, with a nice breeze that kept away the bugs, so most of us did our writing in lounge chairs under the trees.

The cottage:

The weather was sunny for all but one afternoon, though generally too cool for swimming--we did get in once. However it was great for the writing, and for picnicking by the lake, making smores over the campfire, and staring up at the stars from The Rock.

The view of the lake, including The Rock:

View of the cottage from The Rock:

For the most part, our schedule was simple: have breakfast (while discussing writing and other stuff), write, have lunch (more discussion), write, short break for wandering/reading/swimming in the middle of the afternoon, write, have dinner, long discussion interspersed possibly a little more writing before heading down to the firepit and/or Rock. The latter it got the more bizarre those discussions became. Thankfully we all have pretty much the same, er, unusual sense of humor, but not doubt anyone who heard our strange comments about cybernetic zombie elves (CZEs for short!) or aquatic raccoons, followed by bursts of uncontrollable laughter, decided to steer well clear.

All of us on The Rock (it was rather windy that day, hence the jackets and blown hair):

Then, sadly, we had to leave. But it was a most productive and enjoyable time for all. We are talking about possibly doing a whole week next time!


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Aug. 22nd, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
That looks so wonderful! Were you guys totally shut off in terms of internet access and everything? I want to go to a cottage...
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Well, we had a phone and satellite TV (which we promptly unplugged to make more room for plugging in laptops :D ), but no internet at all--which made procrastinating much harder! That's one of the things I really like about doing retreats. It cuts you off from the rest of the world so you can turn pretty much all your focus on your story for several days straight. I highly recommend it if you get a chance!
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
A whole week there sounds like a very good idea. ^.^ Love the pic of the lake.
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! Honestly, I wish every time I was ready to do a first draft, I could just zip off to a cottage for a couple weeks. I'd get my rough drafts done real fast that way!
Aug. 22nd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Great pictures, wonderful description -- makes me want to move up there just so I can be a part of it all :) Or maybe I'll just have to start something similar down here, hehe.
Aug. 23rd, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
You should! Heck, if I could organize something like this, anyone can. :)
Aug. 22nd, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Looks beautiful. And sounds like a wonderful get away. Glad it was productive!
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Aug. 23rd, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
sounds like heaven!
Aug. 23rd, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to do something like that. Thanks for the post, and for keeping me inspired to make it happen one day.
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
You definitely should! It's a great experience, getting completely immersed in the writing. :)
Aug. 25th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
What a lovely spot! I'm envious. So, I have to agree with davidbeall: gotta just make it happen for myself one day! :)
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
I hope you do! I recommend it to everyone. :D
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
This looks *amazing*. I would love to do something like it! Several friends and I are talking about renting a house at the NC beach for a week next summer, and I will definitely take my laptop! Congrats on all your progress!
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