Writer’s Retreat Recap!

As I mentioned previously, I spent last week with Sarah Maas, Susan Dennard, Kat Zhang, and Biljana Likic from Let The Words Flow!

The trip was amazing. We stayed at this awesome beach house right on the coast, went to Harry Potter World in Orlando, and even met up with a fan of the blog for lunch/book shopping! You can see all the pictures from the trip here on my Facebook.

The most amazing part was how we managed to spend 6 days together and not run out of stuff to talk about as it relates to writing. From the projects we’re working on to anecdotes about querying and publishing, I learned sooo much and felt so grateful to be privy to this wisdom.

However, the trip was fraught with some weird bad luck. First Biljana’s plane got delayed and she almost had to spend the night in Atlanta (having done this before, let me say it’s airport hell on earth), then a ride broke down at HP world, Billy got stung by a jellyfish, and I realized I’d left my laptop and reading material at Susan’s house (not to mention the van broke down as we were trying to get home).

Cue gasp of horror. I’ve never been on vacation without something to read, or at least something to write on. Thankfully, after lunch with our fan, Sydney, we went to a Barnes & Noble and I was able to buy a notebook, which I quickly filled with 2,000 words of the zombie novel.

A snapshot of how crazily I filled this notebook. A page was about 250 words… that’s a lot of pages!

I know I said I had to put it aside, but I’m in this weird limbo right now where I can’t work on anything else so I might as well write on the zombie book since I know I want to sell it eventually.

Just in case anyone was wondering… Harry Potter world was awesome! They have a village set up just like Hogsmeade. We all got butterbeer (it was disgusting), and waited in line for 2 hours just to ride the Hogwarts Adventure ride. It was worth it, though I wouldn’t do it again. We were literally dripping with sweat and in the longest line I have ever seen in my life.

Later we discovered we are all screamers as we went on a log ride that left us absolutely soaked, then on a dragon roller coaster that left us all with headaches and sore voices. But that didn’t stop Billy, Susan, and I from riding the Hulk, where we screamed so loud Sarah and Kat on the ground knew which coaster was ours.

Here’s the girls with our fan (I was taking the picture). From left to right: Sarah Maas, Susan Dennard, Biljana Likic, Sydney, Kat Zhang.

Here’s all of us taking a picture with Mandy Hubbard’s newest release, RIPPLE!

The oddest thing about the vacation was how in-withdrawal we all felt after leaving. You mean I’m not going to be able to see my writer friends as soon as I wake up tomorrow? Sad. :(

But on the other hand, I really missed Chris and wanted to come home and be with him and get back on a regular writing schedule again (with my beloved laptop).

Also, I have a really funny Teaser Tuesday to share with you all, so tune in next week to read the first fantasy story I ever wrote!

6 thoughts on “Writer’s Retreat Recap!

  1. Caitlin Vanasse says:

    I’m glad you had fun on the reterat, also your writing in that notebook is ridiculous! 2,000 words hand written is when you know you’ve got that crazy writing bug, right?

    • Writing by hand definitely generates more ideas than typing, but I can’t write them fast enough! I wrote kind of an intro to Nameless first, and we’d been drinking a little, and seriously if I wasn’t really good at reading my handwriting it would look like some pen loops and scratches.

  2. That sounds like a super fun trip! I always carry a notebook with me to scribble in. Actually I just carry a pen with me and write on whatever is handy. That includes napkins, menus, newspapers…

    Care to share all the wisdom you acquired?? Yes, yes?

    • It’s a point of pride with me that I always have some pens in my purse. I’ve done the napkin-scramble, lol.

      I wish I could share, but all of it is anecdotal about other people, so that’s probably not a good idea. Man, I wish I could self-publish an anonymous book with just anecdotes and gossip about the process, but that would totally backfire.

      I was kind of thinking the whole time… writers totally need to have writer friends so they learn about stuff they don’t have to go through personally. There’s so much that happens that never ‘goes public’ so to speak.

  3. Sydney says:

    I was wondering what you were going to fill that notebook with! :P

    I’m so glad you all had a fun time! And, of course, I’m gloriously overjoyed that I got to meet all of you. <3

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