Sunday, January 04, 2009

Beach Writing Weekend!

Well, we did make it to the beach to our writing retreat. Yay! Driving through the Coast Mountains, it looked like a Narnia winterscape, the snow-flocked fir trees. And even in Manzanita, at the actual beach, there was snow! What a winter. (It's snowing again right now, but I am beginning to feel like a broken record saying that. Really, this isn't normal!)

Still, the sky was blue much of the time, while Portland was gloomed in, and it wasn't windy, and the house was nice, and the company was good, and the words, they flowed. I wrote a chapter of the new book, and then when I was about to shut the laptop and go take a nap, a line appeared in my head and I typed it out on a new doc -- it was first-person, which the book is not, and it was full of italics, very emphatic -- and before I knew it, I had written four pages of a very odd little short story called "Sally Roundabout." Huh.
The house was up a hill at the end of a quiet road, with a "distant view of the ocean." It was big, but sparsely furnished in the way of rental houses:
We didn't explore very thoroughly when we arrived, I guess -- we each thought someone else had -- because on the day of departure we discovered a whole extra bedroom downstairs!
Lovely time. Clam chowder and salt water taffy were involved.

Cheers!

10 comments:

Shelli said...

sounds great. so glad you got to finally go!

Deirdre said...

It sounds lovely - love those writing retreats and the way stories get born in the quiet time away.

Shelf Elf said...

Dear Laini,

I just wanted you to know that I've FINALLY read your book and it was a treasure.

Here is the link to my review at Shelf Elf:

http://shelfelf.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/faeries-of-dreamdark-blackbringer/

Write more books please.

:)
Kerry

lkmadigan said...

Love those photos!

Corina said...

Sounds like heaven!

Wyman said...

Glad you are warm, well-fed, and happy given recent wintery events. What a story it would have been, if you had found someone using that "unknown" spare bedroom! Wonder if such things do happen to people?

Best wishes for things to be pleasant and normal again soon.

Suz said...

It's a treasure to get away to a place where everything familiar and 'same' vanishes. You're left with the realm inside of your mind . . . what would this world be if we could only exist there always? Beautiful retreat!

Suz said...

It's a treasure to get away to a place where everything familiar and 'same' vanishes. You're left with the realm inside of your mind . . . what would this world be if we could only exist there always? Beautiful retreat!

Carrie Harris said...

It sounds (and looks) absolutely fabulous.

Lisa Schroeder said...

ahhhhh... the beach. The beach!! I'm craving clam chowder now. :)