|The most smiley goat ever!|
|Cletus the horse. Actually not named Cletus, but I thought of him that way because Gilmore Girls. When he was not Cletus, he was also Shadowfax because Lord of the Rings. Alas, we have NO idea what his name actually is.|
|One of the adorable barn cats we had. They were super friendly and this one liked to wiggle his butt and slam it into people and inanimate objects. We think it meant he liked you.|
|We stayed at the Oasis, which also made me think of Gilmore Girls. Because of the EIGHT O CLOCK AT THE OASIS episode.|
|Fake apples that I tried to eat when I arrived. Twice.|
|Working at the writing/snacking table|
So here's a rundown of the weekend!
Arrive! Eat! Drinks! Hot Tub!
(Hey, it was Friday night, what did you expect?)
WORD WAR! (for one hour you must write non-stop, no talking, no internet, no getting up, no stopping)
SNACK! (we gorged after every war, it was all brain power, but they were as tiring as running a marathon)
WORD WAR! (The 4th and final war of the day which gave me a total of 11,000 words!)
|The most appropriate wine for a bunch of YA authors!|
|NO wine for Sara!|
Also, special moment of the day came a little after the final word war of Saturday (we still wrote outside the wars, but it wasn't as concentrated).
|Janine typing...THE END!|
|I'm so glad I caught this moment! Congrats, Janine!|
Visit the animals
FINAL WORD WAR! This was the word war to end all word wars because.... I wrote 3,082 words in one hour. I think I went into shock after I did that because,
A) I had no idea I could write that fast
B) This meant I'd written over 15,000 words of my new novel
C) This also meant I'd written 1/4 of my novel in the course of 2 days!
Whew! This was probably one of the best AND most productive weekends of my life. I totally recommend getting away with a group of writers if you can! Following this I got into a big talk on twitter with other YA authors about how productive these retreats can be since it's so tempting to want to socialize and catch up.
I think as an in-person critique group we have an advantage. We see each other in person all the time--we're best friends as well as CPs. But even if you don't see your retreat mates as often as us, I really think the word wars worked magic--because it's a focused hour where NO ONE is allowed to talk or get up or stop. In the 40 some hours we had together, only 5 were devoted 100% to writing, but in those 5 hours we wrote over 36,000 words as a group.
So...that was my weekend! Needless to say my fingers are tired, but I'm hoping not to lose my momentum. I seriously cannot wait for us to do this again!.
P.S. Gilmore Girls fans....The Oasis had a guest book! It was so tempting to write: I sat and forever am at work here.
It wouldn't have been that far from the truth...
How was everyone else's weekend?