"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Getting our Write on!

It was back to the Lodge o' Death for a writing retreat earlier this month. Sure, we all turn up with thoughts on what we're going to work on, but part of being an author is being flexible. Like getting last minute revision notes and working on that instead of the planned activity. Still, when it comes to writing, there is no where else I'd rather be than off in the woods with some of my favorite writing gals, pouring out the words.

(For my last retreat post, check here.)




 Retreaters without antlers
Bottom (L to R): Jenny Moss, Christine (her daughter), Nikki Loftin, and Bethany Hegedus
Center (L to R): P. J. Hoover (me), Cory Putman Oakes, Kari Anne Holt, Jessica Lee Anderson, and Stephanie Pellegrin
Top (L to R): Sam Clark, Jo Whittemore, Salima Alikhan, Vanessa Lee, and Madeline Smoot

Retreaters with antlers


Highlights from the retreat include...

A gorgeous sunrise on the drive there!





 A great location and perfect weather!



The right people make the retreat what it is!

Fun writer peeps to hang with!
L to R: Madeline Smoot, Jessica Lee Anderson, Stephanie Pellegrin, and Kari Anne Holt


 
And more fun peeps!
L to R: Christine (Jenny's daughter), Nikki Loftin, Jenny Moss


 Food is a completely important part of any retreat!

 Chocolate!


Snacks!

Fruit!


The Lodge o' Death isn't called The Lodge o' Death for nothing. Sorry, baby deer.

 sniff, sniff

Other fun activities include chatting, reading, walking, yoga, and Zumba!

 Evening chatting and readings! with Cory Putman Oakes and Kari

 

After lunch with Jessica, Kari, and Stephanie


The whole crew (minus me) at the giant table


 These were the creepiest cows in the world!


And this sink gives me nightmares. I worry it will come alive.


 A diorama of a deer with sea shells (with Stephanie)


Thanks, Lodge o' Death, for another great retreat!

5 comments:

Jessica Lee Anderson said...

Makes me want to repreat the retreat right this minute!!!

storyqueen said...

I am so jealous! That looks not only like a bunch of fun, but so incredibly stimulating for a writer as well--to be around so many other writers!

Green with envy!

Shelley

P.s. I saw a poster for Solstice on twitter from ALA. Cool!

PJ Hoover said...

What you said, Jessica! Let's go!

Hey, Shelley! Wish you could go! It's so much for and such a great getaway!
And yay for a SOLSTICE at ALA poster!!!!! Woot!

Angela Brown said...

Looks like a great time was had by all, even with the death and weirdness abounding (sniffing for baby deer as well, though stuffed and positioned adorably).

PJ Hoover said...

Funny, Angela! He is perfectly posed!