I admit that as a writer, I have The Best job! Not only do I not have to drive to work in April snow storms, I can wear pajamas to the office if I want. I can even pick up my office, on the spur of a moment, and move it anywhere else.
Which is exactly what I did this past week, along with four other authors, including two contemporary Christian romance authors.
For six days, Stacy Monson, Julie Saffrin, Dawn Ford, Sarah Anderson, and I hunkered down in two cozy villas at Christmas Mountain Village in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin where we wrote and marketed and brainstormed. We also took time for some fun, food, and fellowship.
Our villas were right next to an outdoor pool, and both villas overlooked a golf course. Too bad the weather was snowy and rainy and cold… Not that we would have ignored our authorly duties to golf or swim if the weather permitted… Well, maybe…
Ahem, back to my post…
Most of us arrived on Friday April 6, with Stacy straggling in on Saturday due to a Friday conflict. Then Sunday morning we had a worship service with Sarah leading the music and Stacy giving a message. Every day after that, one person was responsible for making a meal of their choice while another got to prepare a devotion for the day. A couple of nights we set aside our laptops, one to talk, and another to watch The Greatest Showman (anyone else see that movie? I’ve only watched it five times now…).
Otherwise we wrote. I finished a short story that will be coming out soon and edited another story, and then it was time to blog and market and update my website.
And I learned to breathe again.
What’s wonderful about getting away from home to write is that laundry isn’t calling to be washed. Driveways aren’t begging to be shoveled. Family isn’t asking when and what the next meal is. Dear Hubby isn’t knocking on my office door just as I get into the story. No one is saying “Mom” or “help” or “Can you drive me to the doctor?” In other words, we shared a week of writing bliss!
I can’t wait until our retreat next year!
If you could work anywhere away from home, where would you want to go?