Did I Tell You The One About…?

2009-06-16 10.50.44Shoot! I cooked something up at The Muffin and I completely forgot to mention it last week!

I’m blaming it on the heat, or the summer lazy thing, or the hours on the road, or the beach or the convent in Alabama–I’ll let you pick the excuse you like best–but I hope you’ll take a moment to see how you can get a writing retreat in, even if you’re stuck at home with the kids and the heat and…

Come to think of it, with the crazy heat and the pop-up thunderstorms, maybe it’s the perfect time to plan a writing retreat. You can be nice and cool and productive and you don’t even have to spend any money. You just need to throw a couple ingredients together and start writing!

Oh, d’oh. I almost forgot the post! It’s “Recipe for a Winning Writing Retreat (Serves One to Twenty). Lots of yummy stuff, and if you have a minute, let me know what you’re working on this summer and we’ll all cheer you on!

Assuming the heat and such hasn’t melted you yet.

And you can remember it.

(And P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway of There’s a Hamster in My Dashboard over at this post. Gee, I sure hope I remember to draw that name. And tell you about it. Maybe somebody holler at me if I do?)

Winners and Writing Retreats

2014-07-11 07.04.06I didn’t get back from the Week of Writing Retreat till yesterday and though I learned a ton and had an AMAZING time with a bunch of new, wonderful writer friends, I did spend a week up in the North Georgia mountains where the dragonflies were the size of a Buick and the towels remained damp all day and the phone service and internet were sketchy. So I walked in my house, took a deep breath and clicked my heels:

There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home…

And now, I have a TON of work to do and a bunch of amazing ideas and a whole bunch of thank you’s to write to wonderful agents and editors (who feel like my new best friends, too). But first, I thought you might enjoy a little insight into the pitching process, which culminated on our last day at the retreat. I shared that information over at The Muffin today.

Um…I should probably mention that you might not learn a ton about pitching. I mean, it was ten o’clock last night when I wrote The Muffin blog post and though my brain was going for AMAZING, I think what my fingers typed was more…well, a little less than wonderful. But it was witty. Sort of. Maybe.

Well…whatever. I hope you enjoy it. (I’m pretty sure the moth on my mirror–yes, he or she stayed with me all week long–would’ve laughed its teensy little butt off. And speaking of laughing one’s butt off, PATRICIA CRUZAN, you won Not Your Mother’s Book…on Family! Wheee! I’ll be in touch!)


Hurry! Get in on #GrammoWriMo

ImageSo Grammarly came up with a community-written novel to tie in with National Novel Writing Month and I thought, “What a brilliant idea!”

I think I might have even thought it with a British accent.

Anyway, then I zipped up to a writer’s retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains and was having such a wonderful time writing, and talking about writing, and researching and writing, and writing some more, that I completely forgot to spread the word about GrammoWriMo.

But not to worry! You still have one more day to sign up if you want to add your 800 words to the group effort. They’ll give you notes so your bit will make some sort of sense. Or maybe it won’t make any sense. We shall just have to see when Grammarly produces the book at the end of National Novel Writing Month.

Which begins November 1st for those of you who might have completely forgotten that as well. (Raises hand, slinks off to add a couple notes to her calendar.)