The Best Thing About A Writing Retreat…

I really don’t know. Perhaps later I’ll be able to parse this experience. Is it:

  • The hours spent on a fainting couch working on my latest project
  • The chance to discuss craft, genre, and industry with talented colleagues at all hours of the day and night
  • Listening to an impromptu parody of my novel which includes the line: “It’s my slave name, baby, but you can call me that if you want to. Kinda kinky.”
  • All kinds of ungetable ARCs sprinkled about the castle like carrots on sticks
  • The pots of tea
  • All the book recs (I am personally recommending MY LIFE AS A RHOMBUS)
  • The dramatic readings of classic works of literature
  • The amazing bathtubs
  • the antique beds
  • the peacocks

Things I am finding less enjoyable:

  • Discovering I have a major themtic error I must address
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4 Responses to The Best Thing About A Writing Retreat…

  1. Alexa says:

    I am jealous, of everything but mainly the ARC’s, bath tubs and pots of tea – proper tea, made in a pot, with boiling water, I miss it.

  2. Tiff says:

    Unfortunately, I’ve been too busy to check the Team Castle tweets (or even Twitter myself!), but this sounds amazing. I wish you could have caught the parody on camera! I’m so jealous of the ARCs and the readings of classic literature. Us grad students are too busy deconstructing and applying every theory possible to the classics to even think about reading for pleasure.

    No, no, I’m not bitter. =p

    Can’t wait for the next Secret Story!

  3. Diana says:

    Tiff, I’m pretty sure your definition of “classics” is more… um, *traditional*… than the way I was using it in the post. We are not the most mature group of children’s writers ever to rent a castle in Ireland.

    Also,I am writing the secret story RIGHT NOW. I think it’s my favorite yet.

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