--Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
Sorry for the blogging absence. We were in Geneva last week for John's 100k training race for the big 100 miler in just a couple weeks. What's new, you ask? Well, aside from deciding that Geneva is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen (and the most expensive), I just booked a one-week trip to England for July! Because clearly I haven't traveled enough in 2013.
Here's the deal: While I was struggling to find time to write, I realized that if I really wanted to be effective, I needed a solid chunk of time to devote to writing, which I just can't get at home. I considered organized retreats in Europe, but many were sold out or too expensive or the timing wasn't right. I wanted to go somewhere near(ish) but where I could speak the language, because being unable to communicate is exhausting sometimes. John was just in London and had been raving about it, and then it turned out that by sheer coincidence, one of my best friends was going to be in London and Bath for a week for work right around the time I was looking to do my retreat. Since she's working, I won't be distracted during the day, but we'll be able to hang out in the evenings. AND I get a free place to stay. You really can't beat that.
|The London Landmark Hotel, where we get to stay! Wheee!|
I am hoping to get the rough draft finished before I go so I can whip that baby into shape while I'm gone. That means a lot of hard work over the next three weeks, but with about 25,000 words to go, I think it's doable (especially since John will be gone for his race in Cali for thirteen days and I won't have anything else to do. Well, aside from the whole job/kid thing.).
Have any of you done a writer's retreat? Any tips for success? Anywhere I absolutely MUST go in London?