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Mini Writer’s Retreat

October 19, 2015

butterfliesThis weekend I went up to Knoxville to meet a friend for a mini-writer’s retreat. We stayed at the Hilton right near Market Square. We were lucky to be there during the farmer’s market. That was pretty amazing. I picked up honey from three different vendors to send off to Ursula Vernon for her collection. I didn’t really take any photos while I was there. I was too busy looking around and playing Ingress while we were out and writing and working on puzzles while I was inside.
Are any of you playing Ingress? It’s addicting, but I get tired of hitting the same portals in town, so it’s always exciting to go somewhere else. The game is designed to get you to get out and treewalk, so it worked very well with our schedule. There are portals around the world and two different factions are battling over them. You capture, reinforce, and defend the portals. There are missions you can go on, which are usually fairly pleasant walks around interesting areas. We did two right around the Market.
We ate at TomatoHead, Uncorked, and Tupelo Honey Cafe. We even got some writing done. Not, probably as much as you should at a writer’s retreat, but it was great for a visit with my best friend.
I’m also gearing up for NaNoWriMo. I have no idea what I’m writing this year, but hopefully I’ll come up with something soon. Are any of you participating?
I went ahead and downloaded the Scrivener trial. It’s free until December 7. If you’re participating in NaNo you can get a 20% discount on the final price. If you win NaNo, you get a 50% discount, which is pretty awesome. So far, I’ve been writing in GoogleDocs, but that has some issues, so I’m curious to see how Scrivener works for me.

I’m currently listening to The Martian again. I finished up Agnes and the Hitman on the drive up. I’m still reading Chasing the Phoenix

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2015 8:15 am

    Hooray for writers’ retreats, mini- or otherwise, and I love Knoxville! We have relatives there.

    • October 19, 2015 9:45 pm

      It’s really fun. I’m glad it’s so close, relatively speaking. I’ll have to go more often.

  2. October 19, 2015 8:57 am

    I’m participating in NaNoWriMo! Last year when I did it I was flying by the seat of my pants. I just *happened* to overhear a conversation that inspired my whole story I wrote. This year I’m actually mapping it out

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