Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fake Writing Retreat

I am so close to finishing the first draft of this novel. And in a couple of days, I'm joining my husband on a business trip in Arizona. This is a yearly event at a beautiful resort, where in the past I've gotten fabulous spa treatments, visited art galleries, taken cooking lessons, read books by the pool, and even gone rock climbing. Although my husband has to work on this trip, I've always thought of it as a mini vacation. (I know... lucky me!)

But this year I've decided I don't need a vacation. What I need is a writing retreat. So that's what it will be. And it will be pretty swanky, too. I'll have delicious meals prepared for me, exercise classes whenever I need a break from writing, and evenings with my husband. We'll eat dinner with his colleagues and their significant others. I really love catching up with all of those people. There is a fireplace in our room, and Alan and I always fall asleep to that smoky cedar smell and the sound of the crackling fire. It really doesn't get better than that.

Wish me luck with finishing! I hope to report good news when I get back!


Anonymous said...

How did your Fake Writing Retreat turn out? I'm so desperate for one of my own. I'm willing to book mine at an Embassy Suites in Schaumburg if that's the best I can do...I just need to finish my first draft, and I'm so close I can feel it. I'm so grouchy with my poor family, trying to grab any chance I can to write. Will they ever forgive me?

Brenda Ferber said...

You should do it! I totally understand that grouchiness. My fake writing retreat was amazing, and I finished the first draft of my novel. This past week, I was nearing the end of the second draft, and I basically abandoned any cooking or cleaning or grocery shopping I would normally do. You know what? We all survived! (And I finished the draft!)