I’ve just returned from a week-long writer retreat in the mountains. Oh, the hummingbirds, the squirrels, the deer–the bear! and just the view proved inspiring. I managed to get more fictioning done over the past week than in the entire previous month, woot! I may have to write bear-able prose into the book after one midnight marauder tore off half the garage door. And then, the night before we left, he got inside my friend’s CAR! Luckily he butt-honked the horn before more than a box of cereal was victimized, and the car escaped any damage. Who knew bears could open car doors? I’ll share more pictures and maybe even video soon.
My friends and I have made this an annual trip for the past 20 years. Not all of us can go every year, but we’re all there in spirit.This year in honor of the bunny-slippers-with-teeth, I wanted to share the fun and so got each of my writer friends an appropriate pair of writerly foot-gear. You’ll have to check out both pictures, since somehow I missed getting ALL the slippers into a single image.
We dream about this trip all year long, and once we arrive, the time speeds by. Much of our time is spent out on the deck with a view of the mountains and within earshot of rushing streams. The fresh air, sublime food (picnic beside a rushing stream!), and even better company cast away the every day stresses. It’s sort of an emotional re-boot.
Do you and your family or group of friends have a similar go-to spot? How does that help you in your life? Do tell!
Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the SQUEEE! cute pet-astic videos at the bottom, too. It’s fascinating to think how dolphins communicate–and compare it to they parakeet chatter. I’ve also included another Thrillerfest video from the awesome MEDICAL THRILLER panel. For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.
5 Ways to Fix Publishing from The Daily Beast, a long but good article
Publisher Stealing Series? oh my goodness…actually I once submitted a proposal my editor declined and then later saw that same book written by someone else published by the same house. Ulterior motive? or great minds thinking alike?
What’s In Store for Penguin Random House the new guy in charge speaks
Misery Molecule neat info for possible plot point?
B&N Can Thrive…IF! a great piece on how to resurrect this great store
Interview with New AVMA President the first woman in this position!
CreditCare Called Into Question is the interest too high?
Wigglebutt 2014 Fundraiser fun stuff! on the furry heels of the Wigglebutt Wedding, this is the next incarnation.
Fostering Love of Animals a quick tip article from BecomeANanny, do you agree with the advice?
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