(137) Reflections on a Writing Retreat

We considered the ordinary and the mythical. Read from famous authors and put our own spin on it. Read our own stuff and talked about characters and motivation.

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We considered our “wild woman” side and what that means. For me, it was every wild encounter with nature. This includes Saturday evening before the rains came when I watched Dolphins playing and feeding just down from the 10th floor balcony. Pelicans diving for breakfast this morning.

IMG_0397The intense blues and greens of this place, all a part of me now.

I came to relax into time with friends and writing.  I came with no expectations. I came thinking I had a direction for writing, but what mattered the most was the conversation.  Just as Natalie Goldberg’s advice is to “stay with the words the way they are written” I will stay with these moments the way they were; the way they fed my creative impulses, the way I focused on my creative life, not my teaching life. There is tone and color that will stay with me from this weekend. I step forward to continue creating the stories that swim in my head. This has been a subtle nudge, a finger pointing “this way.”

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