The only "re..." word that I can't use is "relaxing."
I just spent the weekend at a writers retreat offered by the Indiana chapter of SCBWI and my head is a-swimming. Kristi Valiant and Alina Klein did an incredible job organizing this event. I hadn't been to an SCBWI event in probably 6 or 7 years; I think I've been missing out.
There were roundtable discussions on doing revisions, marketing, and networking. There were also extremely helpful critique sessions - the critique group I was assigned to was nothing short of amazing and comprised of Alina, Julia Karr, and Christi Atherton.
While the work I turned in for this retreat was less than stellar, the group helped me re-think the story, and helped me split it into three different potential book ideas! Three for the price of one: how's that for getting my money's worth?
I settled on one of the potential ideas and have begun to work on it. These lovely and talented ladies promised me they'd critique a couple of chapters for me when I have those done, even though they're no longer bound to help me. I am one lucky gal, and I look forward to many, many years of friendship with them.
But now, it's back to *real* writing.
If you're a writer and haven't gone to a retreat or conference, I heartily recommend saving the money to attend one!
p.s. yes, I am totally lame and didn't take a single photo even though we were staying at a pretty state park.
"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." – Alexander Woolcott