First post for the 2012 retreat. The fact it’s 3.30am on the (ninth?) day of the retreat and I can’t sleep might have something to do with me actually posting rather than just thinking about it.
Problem with not posting is that the story of the retreat is largely being told by Donna and Nicole. Actually, that’s not a problem – they are both accurate and entertaining!
Highlights of the retreat so far, for me:
• getting to see my writerly friends after a year!
• Meeting Ian McHugh, a hugely talented, interesting (if musically challenged) and provocative individual.
• feeling guilty over Nicole’s sprained ankle – it’s much worse than she’s letting on. Eight days and the bruising is still coming out. I meant to fill that hole…
• feeling proud while showing the troops around the property. Holy bananas Kylie and I have worked so hard to get this place ready. Already I can feel the end of the retreat looming like the oncoming of darkness.
• looking forward to Trudi and Paul’s arrival.
• a couple of lovely trips away – the second of which went off like a charm. Nice drive, good weather (have I mentioned that this Kerikeri summer has been atrocious? It’s bucketing down as I type this), excellent food at a small roadside cafe and magnificent trees, including the Yakas tree which I’ve not seen before.
• Finishing my novel to the point where I know all I’ll do from now on is tinker. And drafting a query letter to (finally) find an agent.
• Sneakily watching the entire first season of Game of Thrones. It gets better, guys…
All that remains is for me to post a few photos. Maybe in the next post.