With a magical mixture of peace and quiet, amazing views including this one from my window, good home made food – including Scottish fayre like haggis (:-0!) plus like-minded company, I finally reached 52000 words – and wrote the hallowed phrase 'The End'!
There will be revisions of course, but at least you can read it end to end now! It's gone out to a couple of my writing group friends for their comments, then by next week the final draft – for now – will be winging its way to the critique service run by the Romantic Novelists' Association. I'll keep you informed!
There were 14 of us on the retreat, including two tutors – Marilyn and Ronald – who were there to give you feedback if you wanted it. Marilyn suggested a genius twist at the front of my book which gave me a real kick to continue and I ended up revamping, revising and reviewing. Here she is front row left in this pic of the group.
One of the highlights was cooking the meal each night – in groups. I tried my hand at the potato dauphinoise recipe – it came out lovely! Will have to try that again!
At the end of the week we also had a let down your hair night, with little performances by those that could, as well as readings of some of our work each evening.
Apart from meeting some lovely people, one of the best parts was sitting at my writing desk just gazing at the amazing scenery – it helped to calm me down specially at the start of the week when the riots were in the newspapers every day.
Nigel works near a shopping centre in Merton which took a hit, but he escaped major trouble. Hope it was all OK where you were. We went to airport via Loch Ness on way home – well how could we not, it was only three miles away! No sign of Nessie tho – funny that!! Lol.
This week it was back to a bombsite at home – Lauren moving out! Eek! So please excuse the shorter blog!
Finally to say – if you manage to get to see it, 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' is well worth a viewing – Nigel and I were surprised at how well done it is – with a great plot and a fabulous performance from Andy Serkis as the main ape Caesar!
Have a great week!