I am allowing myself a wonderful indulgence this weekend. I am off to a writing retreat. And I am really planning to retreat.
I am leaving my studio and my household and my family and my French Bulldog, to gain some focus time. In the past, when I have felt like I am at a crossroads in my career or work, getting away from the normal routines and away from the comfort of the house I live in, has been the key to knowing what I really need to turn TO and FROM. In the past I have come back from these escapes knowing the answers to questions that I didn't even know I was asking. I am hoping that will happen this weekend.
The place I am heading to is Rising River, run by author Jaqueline Davies, who is a dynamo and inspiration to those of us who juggle family and passions. I have made sure all the manuscripts that I have in progress are loaded onto my laptop. I am bringing sketch materials and paper. I am bringing my white noise machine that will make me feel like I am in the middle of a rain storm, or on an ocean beach, or even in the forest. And I will have an ipod, although music can distract me unless I am drawing.
With any luck the muse will be in the back seat and looking forward to the trip with me.
I have a YA, a chapter book, and a serious handful of picture books to work on. I am not sure which of those will call my name when I actually sit down to work, but I am sort of hoping it is the YA. Those characters visit me all the time, and some new ones have introduced themselves, and EVERYONE is waiting to see where they are going next and what is going to happen. I hope I can tell them where they are headed by Sunday, even if I don't have all the details worked out.
I'll keep ya posted.