This past week I was honored to host three writing friends at my house for a five day writing retreat.
I planned a rough agenda, hoping to offer a fun mix of work and play. Each day we had two blocks of "work" time and the rest of the day was free. During our work time we were each given a three hour block of time to brainstorm our stories with each other. Having this dedicated, focused time was priceless. We all walked away feeling great about our story ideas and energized to work on them. This is one talented group of writers!
During our free time we went on walks, visited historic sites, watched movies, went on Jeep rides and saw the countryside. It's fun to see my hometown through the eyes of people who've never been here. I was a tour guide at the Charles A. Lindbergh House for ten years and it's easy for me to slip back into that mode. Not only did I show them some fun places, I also gave them quite a bit of history. What can I say? I'm a historical writer, after all. :)
I can't wait to have them back next year. I have even more I want to show them.
|Me, Alena Tauriainen, Melissa Tagg & Lindsay Harrel|
|At the Charles A. Lindbergh House with my children and|
my writing friends! The tour guide is also a good friend
of mine. It was fun showing off one of my favorite historic sites.
|My kiddos looking through stereoscopes.|
|I live on the banks of the Mississippi River, so |
this is where we spent a lot of our work time.
|We had a few visitors as we brainstormed.|
|Can you see the woodchuck?|
|We had an opportunity to go to Linden Hill Conference |
and Retreat Center to celebrate all our writing achievements.
Linden Hill was having a fundraiser, so we had food, live
entertainment, tours of the two mansions on the property and
|At Linden Hill.|
|Eating our celebratory Dairy Queen Cake while|
watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in our jammies.
|More brainstorming, this time inside because it was windy|
near the river.
|It was so much fun brainstorming story ideas!|
|This is the road my in-law's live on. We ate lunch nearby and|
then stopped by their house to see the lake they live on.
|I took the ladies to see the large Blanchard Dam near my house.|
You can walk above the dam and the river.
|Alena and I with the dam behind us.|
|We picked on Lindsay all weekend! She's a |
city girl at heart and was having a hard
time with the mosquitoes...and the spiders
and the moths and the wood ticks... Here she
is applying mosquito spray to her body.
|Lindsay and Melissa on a walk in Lindbergh State Park.|
Despite the wood ticks, this was a successful retreat--one we hope to have every year.
What about you? If you had guests come from out of town, where would you bring them?
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Lindsay is sharing about our retreat on her blog today! You can see it here. Melissa will be hosting us on her blog on Wednesday.