Daily Archives: June 24, 2007

I LOVE retreat

My local writing group had their writing retreat this weekend and it was AWESOME! We ate, we drank, we ate some more and we wrote and wrote and wrote some more. The retreat was at Quartz Mountain in OK. It’s only 90 minutes away and I’d never been there. WOW!!!!! Beautiful scenery and the lake was full. But we didn’t go anywhere near the lake because we were busy plotting and writing and eating and drinking. 🙂
Karen Kelley told us about the business side of things and we laughed when she told us about her upcoming hilarious Double Dating with the Dead:

and the current LOL Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind:

I told her her writing reminds me of Jill Shalvis‘s funny books. And we talked about what a published author’s blog should be. We both agreed Shalvis’s blog is perfect. It’s real and it’s funny and it’s full of voice, but it doesn’t cross the line into TMI.
Then we talked about Alison Kent’s blah blog. Great market information, honest writing advice.
And Suzanne McMinn’s blog with the great photos of West Virginia and updates on Suzanne and 16’s driving life. 🙂
I shared about plot monkeys and Julie Leto’s Agent Advice column that’s been running the last few weekends.
And of course, I had to share my rabid fan girl opinion of Karen Templeton. (I am a (self) certified KT rfg!)
We decided the BEST TWO PEOPLE ever to have come visit the group were Jill Monroe and Gena Showalter. (If you haven’t seen them together you are MISSING OUT!!!!
Everyone said they were signing up for Shelley Bradley‘s plotting story board class the minute they got home.
In the end everyone agreed my addiction to blogs isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
Julia shared lots of info on plotting and Karen taught about high concept. I read my partial out loud, which was freaky,  but fun. It’s going to SRS this week (ACK!!!!).
And we talked about how important positive energy is and how negativity breeds negativity. And how you gotta submit to sell and you gotta write to submit and how sexual tension is the BEST part about reading romance novels. We took Julia’s sexual tension quiz (dirty, dirty girl!!!!) and learned we all have dirty minds but it’s all Karen’s fault. And Karen talked about ghost farts (gross!) and then made me laugh so hard I nearly peed my pants, but I decided her Garmin might be the best new techy gadget created (Of course, I haven’t actually held an iPhone yet, so it doesn’t count).
We survived big winds outside without being sure if the weather was bad because we had no TV or radio, but we had our wine and our chocolate, so life was good.
I love retreat. Love, love, love it.
And I can’t wait until the next one.
Woo Hoo.