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I had an unexpected, last-minuteish chance to get away this weekend to reunite with my long-time writing partners Debbi and Cindy. I met Cindy 9 years ago when I moved to Vermont, and Debbi 9 years ago on LiveJournal, and then in person not long after that. Since then the three of us have been working together via e-mail every week (with very few exceptions).


We try very hard to see each other once a year. Since we've been together, Debbi has lived in New York, China, California and now Connecticut. Somehow, we still manage to find each other.


When we work online, we share our goals in the morning and then check in every half hour via e-mail until we've all reached them. When we get together on our retreats, we pretty much do the same thing, but add in walks, talks, eating a lot of chocolate, drinking a lot of wine, and reading our work to each other.

We also get a little goofy.


But we do work. It's just a lot more fun to do it together in person.


Thank you Debbi, for hosting the retreat. And thank you both, for your friendship, love, and support.

I hope our lucky ladybugs work their magic for both of you this year. And always.


I love you!


Monday Morning Warm-Up:

This one comes to you via another writing pal, Kate Messner, who tweeted last night:

"I should not have left that banana in my backpack"

Use this phrase to start a scene. :)


( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 21st, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Beautiful recap of the weekend!

I feel accomplished and energized!

Yay for wonderful writing partners and the chance to get together.

Jan. 21st, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yay!!!!! xoxo
Jan. 21st, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
Love love love you and our group and our retreats! Thank YOU for everything!!! xoxoxox
Jan. 21st, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
This winding road would be so lonely without the two of you. xx
Jan. 21st, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds Wonderful
You three are so inspiring!
Linda Urban
Jan. 22nd, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Sounds Wonderful
Jan. 21st, 2013 01:17 pm (UTC)
I would participate, but I have today set aside to clean banana mush off my laptop charger.
Jan. 21st, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
ha! That made me laugh!

Thanks for tweeting that last night!

Hope everything is cleaner today.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
Jan. 21st, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
I was happy looking up from my work from time to time over the weekend thinking of the three of you together. And the joy in the photos is just what I imagined. I know Calif misses Debbi, but it is cool for us to have her closer.

Oh, and I wish leaving a banana inside a bag is something I've done just once.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
I do miss CA, but I'm so happy that if I had to move, I got to move closer to you all! xoxox
Jan. 22nd, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
We still can't believe we all live this close! Yay!
Sera Rivers
Jan. 21st, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
Love this!
Thanks for sharing this. Writing retreats are so vital to writers' sanity and creativity. Good reminder to take the time to plan physical retreats with writer friends.

Skype is also a great tool for your online check-ins. On your email write-ins, start and end the day with a Skype chat for extra inspiration and motivation :)

I love Kate's tweet. Great writing prompt :)
Jan. 22nd, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Love this!
Cindy and Debbi Skype but I have trouble with it so they're nice enough to e-mail me. :)
Jan. 22nd, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
Happy for you ladies, but also jealous. :>)

While waiting at a red light today, I looked at the center median and saw--I kid you not--a banana.
Jan. 22nd, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
I wonder what the story of that banana is...
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