Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Writing Retreat

June has been so crazy for us. I have a lot to catch up on, beginning with my Writing Retreat in early June. Every few weeks I get together with three wonderful women writers, Demery, Linda, and Pauline. I call them my "Writing Group" because we help each other by reading our work and offering constructive criticism. But they're so much more than a writing group. They're also great friends and priceless support. I joined them in 2003, but they were meeting for a few years before that. This year, due in great part to Pauline's encouragement, we took our first (annual, hopefully) Writing Retreat. We went to beautiful Ricketts Glen State Park and stayed in a cabin. It was my first time away from Camilla overnight, but even though I was nervous about that, I found that I really needed this to reconnect with myself as a writer. It was absolutely wonderful! The four of us spent time alone and together, writing, hiking, communing with God, and sharing our work.

The first day I took a walk by myself along Lake Jean and got to see (from shore) the islands I used to explore with my little brother, Jonathan. It brought back great memories! Here's a shot of Kestrel Island, our favorite.




The four of us in front of one of the waterfalls in the Glen. L-R: Alison, Demery, Pauline, and Linda.





Pauline, Dem, and Linda along the trail.





I took tons of pictures of the falls. It's hard to decide which ones to post. They're all so beautiful!








2 comments:

  1. It was a wonderful retreat - definitely needs to be an annual thing! I love you guys and am so blessed to count you as my friends and writing support :) Dem

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  2. Wow! I swear it's only been a few days since I checked your blog - this morning I popped in and my you have been busy! All wonderful things, glad you guys had some time to get away for yourselves. Your airline story made me cringe, I've been there (and I've been there with United several times). I loved the photos of Rickets and Konebels, they made me miss home. And they made me thankful for growing up in such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!

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