Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Another Successful Authors' Retreat

Well, the house sure seems bare and quiet. Yesterday my pals who visit our Idaho home every year for the retreat left to return to their own families. Many came early this year (Wednesday night). The retreat officially kicks off at Thursday dinner, followed by a worship time and going around the circle to talk about our year. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday we have plotting sessions for our next novels--lasting 75 minutes each. The rest of the day we play. This year we plotted historicals, a contemporary romance, a suspense and an allegory. (My mom and my assistant--Word Count virtual assistant Gayle DeSalles--are part of the group but are not writing novels.)Our group is connected throughout the year via an email loop. We keep in contact with each other and pray each other through life's circumstances. This is our 8th year of meeting.

From left to right:

Me, Sunni Jeffers, Gayle DeSalles, Janet Ulbright,
Robin Lee Hatcher (on a scooter because she broke her ankle),
Tamera Alexander, Karen Ball, Sharon Dunn, Francine Rivers, Mama Ruth (my mom).
Tricia Goyer was unable to attend this year--she has a new baby!

Already looking forward to our 2011 retreat.


Nicole said...


Jessie at Blog Schmog said...

What a great picture of all of you! Hi Gayle! Hi Brandilyn :) I've missed coming to book club, been crazy busy. :)

Edwina said...

What a great looking group! And a very good idea!

Ane Mulligan said...

Wow, that makes me think of all the writing hormones that must have been flowing all over the place! And speaking of that, what would they be called? I found them: Cafebibliolamines. The hormone which in a writer, causes a fight or flight reaction to new plot ideas. :D

Pamela Meyers said...

Wow, what a group! With that view y'all must have been super inspired. So glad to see Mama Ruth made it there and Robin with the broken ankle. What fun!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great time! I am so glad Robin is doing better.
Brandilyn, your mother is beautiful.
To Ane M(above), that is so funny!

Miriam (fb)