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Retreating From The World

This weekend just passed I enjoyed going on a writers retreat.

The view from the whale watching tower atop the house we rented.
The view from the whale watching tower atop the house we rented.

We rented a house on Stradbroke Island within walking distance of the beach – because that never distracted any writer ever… and now I may or may not have slight sunburn on the top of my bump(but nowhere else).

There was writing and editing, there was voting for funny awards (like ‘most likely to give the rest of us a complex’ and ‘most distracting’) and math used to calculate our best achievers, there was tasting of medieval themed drinks like mead (which was actually what started the whole idea last in June last year), there was a party house across the road(who won the aforementioned ‘most distracting’ award), and many new in-jokes created.

While all the attendees were members of Vision Writers it wasn’t an official Vision Writers retreat(I was  not president when I started organising it, only vice president(nor was I pregnant when I STARTED organising it ;p )).

Let me assure you there is more to organising and wrangling such a large number of people than you’d think. However I set myself an editing goal and both achieved and exceeded it, plus this morning (though not officially part of the retreat but rather an extra day of camping I tacked on the end of it so I could enjoy some time with Xander and T-J on the island as well) I wrote a 500 word flash fiction piece I’m currently calling Ella’s Baby. So productivity was enjoyed.

We had a lot of fun and I hope to do it again, but I don’t see the future letting me arrange another one until next year at least.

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