@ a Very Nice Retreat

"Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused." ~ Anon. I'm staying in a Very Nice Dorm on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville for the Writers' League of Texas' Summer Retreat. My job is to write. No classes, just write. Here is what I've accomplished … Continue reading @ a Very Nice Retreat

W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

    Buyer's remorse. And not even five hours have elapsed since the purchase. It happens every time. Why do I do this to myself? (W-Word: Why) News of the Writers' League of Texas' annual summer retreat arrived via email this afternoon, and I pounced--checked the calendar to confirm it doesn't fall on an infusion … Continue reading W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

Adventure in the Far West

A week in beautiful Alpine, Texas, to attend the Writers' League of Texas Summer Writing Institute held unparalleled adventure for Gale and me. It started with getting lost about twenty miles from home and ended with finding a dead banana at the bottom of my Austin Mystery Writers tote bag. In between lay being rear-ended … Continue reading Adventure in the Far West

Retreating

Exhausted. Drove for seven hours, arrived only fifteen minutes before orientation, no time to change out of scruffy clothes before meeting instructor and classmates. Dragged suitcases plus kitchen sink into a cabin at a 1950s-style motor court. Foraged for food. Prepared to fall into bed asap. Picked up a novel, had to know how it … Continue reading Retreating

Day 8: Connecting

My high school English teacher read the Day 7 post, the one in which I wrote that she told students we had important and relevant things to say. That is the problem with blogging. At some point, you make a remark, a perfectly innocent remark, and the person you remarked about happens across it and … Continue reading Day 8: Connecting

NaNoWriMo, MRI, TBF, and WLT

I've spent the past week writing and rewriting a post about attending the Texas Book Festival. No matter how many times I revised it, it sounded dull and complaining. Actually, it sounded worse than complaining, but if I use the word I have in mind, I would be crossing a line drawn in the sand … Continue reading NaNoWriMo, MRI, TBF, and WLT

O frabjous day!

The prodigal laptop has returned. The new hard drive is in place. Printer drivers, camera software, and antivirus program have been installed. MS Word is being a bit passive-aggressive in refusing to open a couple of documents I wanted to transfer from the flash drive. Open Office stopped downloading for no apparent reason, but-- My … Continue reading O frabjous day!