Visiting family in New England in the fall is one of my favorite ways to spend time. I took the picture above on my sister, Marcia's land in Penacook, New Hampshire where she and my niece, Phoebe, raise chickens, goats, horses, and ducks, not to mention two dogs, two cats, and a fish. Another sister, Kelley, lives minutes away in a beautiful house where I have my own room. I came home Tuesday night from spending a delightful week, ready to return to my writing and get myself ready for the Northern Colorado Writers Retreat next month.
This year's retreat won't be at the usual place, our beloved Sylvan Dale Ranch, but not because of the recent flood damage. As fate would have it, we were unable to book the time planned because of other activities scheduled there. We will be spending our retreat time at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. I've never been there and look forward to enjoying all the peace and inspiration the location will most certainly offer.
Have you ever been on a writers retreat? I joined NCW in 2008, and this will be my fifth one, each as wonderful if not better than the last. The part I love most about the whole thing is that I'm expected, if not required, to write, write, write away. No other aspect of my life dictates, or sometimes even allows, this. I'm sure you know what I mean. Of course, spending a few days around other writers with the same goal is frosting on my creative cake.
This retreat I'll be working on women's fiction. My mind is overflowing with plot and character ideas which I need to reign in before I go, with the help of OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland. Writing in a different genre and taking a new approach feels quite right to me these days. And I'm ready to dig in.
Are you going to the NCW Writers Retreat this year?