And then, there was Sean Griswold's Head. I fell in love with Sean as I read the manuscript. I have an ARC I'm reading now, and it's so fun to see the story I loved years ago transformed into a real book! And lucky you, I'm going to give it away next week. Trust me people, you want to read this book. It's fun and funny and has a whole lot of heart. It's my favorite kind of book. (Bloomsbury, March 1, 2011)
So, this past weekend, we gathered in the beautiful state of Utah. Pictures don't really do it justice, but I took a few while on a walk one day, so might as well share.
I will be honest. It was a bit bittersweet going on this trip. Our dear friend Lisa M. was supposed to be on the flight with me. She was supposed to be going out to dinner with us, and standing around the kitchen, chatting with us. I missed her. But I'm really glad I went. I got some writing done, and we had lots of fun alongside the work. The last night we were there, we went in to Park City and had dinner at an Irish Pub. Becca Fitzpatrick, author of HUSH HUSH, let me have some bites of her soup (it was REALLY good soup)! The beautiful lady sitting next to Lindsey is Rachel Hawkins, author of the HEX HALL series. OH! HEX HALL is out in paperback this week. If you haven't read it, you should buy it - it's so good! I'm REALLY glad I got to meet Becca and Rachel (and Emily Wing Smith, who I somehow failed to get a picture of, dang it). I adored them, and hope I get to hang out with them again someday.
Writing can be lonely. It's hard being inside your own head all of the time. It's so nice to get together with other writers, to brainstorm, to talk shop, to laugh until you cry reading, um, well, I probably shouldn't say. But yeah, it's good. Especially when you reassure each other that you WILL get through the WIP and make it out to the other side. Hopefully.
So now I'm home, trying to finish the revisions on this book I've been working on since October. I am hoping to finish it soon and send it to my agent to see what she thinks. I have about 100 more pages to go through and revise. I can do it, right? RIGHT!? If I close my eyes, and pretend I'm back in Utah with the beautiful scenery and the wonderful friends, I bet I can.
Oh man, that looks like so much fun! What a great weekend. I'm sorry I wasn't around to stop by!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful setting to write in and create last memories with friends new and old. Writing can be lonely and it is so nice when you can surround yourself with others who understand the creative process and not only support it but can be there when you are stuck. What a wonderful trip! Thanks for the fun peekReplyDelete
Oh my gosh, what a fabulous idea! So sorry Lisa couldn't be there with you guys, but so glad that the rest of you were able to do it. I loved Princess for Hire and I can't wait to read Sean Griswold's Head.ReplyDelete
AND THAT'S MARTINELLIS!
Looks like a fabulous time! And I'm sure your agent will love your next book.ReplyDelete
Not sure what we have to do to win SGH, but I'd love to!
Beautiful scenery! I would LOVE to go on a writer's retreat. Someday, that's something for me to look forward to.ReplyDelete
Seriously, I'd love to go on a writing retreat. And the photos are lovely.ReplyDelete
I ahd such a fabulous time, Lisa!! So glad I finally got to meet you in person. That trip will sustain me for awhile. :)ReplyDelete
I could use a writer's retreat myself.ReplyDelete