I've done it. I've packed my bags and left my family and beautiful new home for a cabin on the river with three writing friends for a retreat, and it's wonderful!
We have the fireplace blazing. We have heat, indoor plumbing, five bedrooms, snacks, water, internet and a stack of movies to choose from for after dinner. As much as I miss my family, I'm loving sharing quality time with my friends and my laptop.
I finished one of my stories, and started editing it while plotting another. I used Margie Lawson's EDITS system, and I love how easy it is. I feel like a real honest-to-goodness writer!
This is our third visit to the cabin in the woods. It's right on the Potomac River in Sterling, Virginia, and the winter woods view is gorgeous from our picture window overlooking our deck. It's too darn cold to go out on the deck today. The blustery winds are white-capping the river, and it's slithering along swiftly like a long, green snake. It's refreshing to see the Potomac hued a pleasant green from the muddy brown that I've seen down in D.C. I love to stare out the glass and watch the river parade by while brainstorming.
What's my story about, you might ask? Hopefully. I'm using a character (Kendall) from one of my published short stories from the Christmas anthology, A Spirited Season.
Kendall has her own board on Pinterest which you can see here.
Her story is more of a prequel before she meets Mr. Perfect in Jingle Spells, the short story's title in the holiday anthology. She's a savvy, single-girl-in-the-city, and has this crazy month of men (40 men!) in which she blogs about for the reader's enjoyment. It's called Flooding the Dating Pool, and I will be posting soon that it's been released.
In the meantime, I'll enjoy my last day away from home, pack quietly in the morning, and head back to the country for an affectionate reunion with my family. I'll assume my post as Mommy and Wife, sneak in some writing time when I can (probably before bed when I'm exhausted) and dream of when I can run away from home again.