I recently spent a week in Catalina with Sylvia and Maya Banks. The three of us try to get away once a year to recharge and write. For me, this year was most needed. You see, I have a new distraction that no matter how hard I try to ignore it during the day (which is my prime writing time) I just can’t. It’s impossible. Mostly because I don’t want to miss a thing, and because, I am deeply in love with my granddaughter. I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing me blab about her, but she is my true joy. A precious gift I thank God for more than once a day. See what I mean? Is she too cute for words?
There is one wee itsy bitsy downside to all of this happiness: I haven’t been writing. I have been spending way too much time enjoying Baby G. She’s like crack. I cannot keep my hands off her. So, as much as I hated to say goodbye a couple of Sunday’s ago, I had to. And it’s a damn good thing I did, coz we goils not only had a blast, but all three of us had some serious writing related break-throughs. I had two conversations with my editor to make sure what I thought were epiphanies actually were. In the week that I was gone, while I missed everyone, (but hubby sent me daily videos) I made serious headway on my next book. Hell, for the entire series! I needed to do some serious world building, and I did. I could not be happier. Now there are those who took issue with the fact that I was in Catalina under the pretense of working. So here is proof. Actual photos taken as I slaved over my wip.
We took a helicopter to the island. No stinkin’ ferry for us jetsetters!
Life here on the island is tough. But someone has to enjoy the scenery. That was shot from our balcony. Such a hardship it was too.
That’s Syl working really hard.
See? I’m working too!
For the writers out there, do you go on writer’s retreat and actually get work done? And for you non writers, if you could go on a retreat, what kind would it be?