Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

Rose Cluster

Yesterday was a wonderful Mother's Day for me. It started with the annual Mother's Day Breakfast at church. The men gather in the kitchen and produce pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, donuts, juice, fruit, and other yummy concoctions.

Then we had an uplifting worship service. And afterwards, lots of fellowship with church friends and a lovely yellow carnation. 

I had thought we would head home right after church, but my husband and son surprised me by taking me out to dinner. We had a leisurely meal with fun conversation and good food.

When I got home, I got to talk for a nice long time with my daughter who is jumping into finals week. After the phone call, it was just about time to head off to Bible study with my girls at church. 

By some folks' standards this might not exactly peg the excitement meter, but to me it was the perfect day.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The Friday Five

Last weekend I was in Omaha, NE, and my hostess took me to a wonderful sculpture park in downtown Omaha. Here are some of the pictures I took. I was amazed at the detail and the expressions on their faces. The sculptor caught their movement so well. The care on the adults' faces, and the carefree happiness of the children. I think one of my favorite sculptures though was the scout returning to the wagon train with venison. 

Have you been to Omaha? Do you think you would've made a good pioneer? I know I wouldn't have.

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Benefits of a Writer's Retreat

written in slumber

This last weekend I was blessed to get to spend a few days with some writer friends at a retreat. There are so many benefits of a writers' retreat, that I can't possibly name them all here, but I thought I'd hit a few of the big ones for me:

1. It's a chance to get away and focus on one project. No distractions, just the work.

2. It gives me validation as a writer. This might seem odd, but from time to time, I need to do something with other writers, something only writers do, to remind myself that I'm a 'real' writer and I should treat my writing seriously.

3. A writer's retreat is a chance to be with other people who know exactly what it is you struggle with, what you do for all those hours staring at the computer screen, and what your fears are.

4. It's a chance to share industry news and information and learn more about this business we're all trying to succeed at.

5. It rejuvenates me to come back and work some more. 

6. It's a chance to gab and eat and brainstorm and laugh and visit new places with people who are my good friends.

I can't wait for the next one!!! 

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Friday Five

Would you believe that Rochester got a 9+ inch dumping of snow this week? CRAZY! In the words of my sister-in-law "Summer sure seemed short this year."

Makes me glad I'm out of state at a writer's retreat this weekend. Though I did have to drive through a fair bit of snow to get to my destination.

This week's Friday Five is:

Five things I love about writers' retreats.

1. Hanging out with my friends who actually understand me on the writer level. They've been there and are doing that when it comes to writing fiction. Especially these gals who are all pros and treat this like a business, not a hobby.

2. Ridiculous word counts. Because we're all focused on writing, we rack up some mind-blowing word counts over the course of a few days.

3. Getting away. Face it, sometimes it's nice to leave the laundry and meal planning and errands and homeschooling behind for awhile and just focus on fiction.

4. Pooling resources and knowledge. Whether it's brainstorming plots, sharing blogs and websites we find helpful, discussing where we thing publishing is going, generating marketing ideas, or just congratulating and commiserating, the shared knowledge is invaluable.

5. The food. We have the best food on these retreats. One of the authors lives nearby, and her husband brought some yummy soup that he made! And I've had Lithuanian Apricot Torte, which is to DIE for! We've dined on Hawaiian BBQ chicken (Crock pot recipe that cooked all afternoon and made the house smell great.) And tonight, we're headed to a steakhouse. (And over all this good food is non-stop conversation. :) )

How about you? Have you been on a retreat, writer or otherwise? What do you like about coming away from your everyday life to focus on being creative?