I’m very happy to be on a “writer retreat.” One of my critique partners moved away almost 2 years ago and is back for a visit. We’re spending a few days surrounding a Donald Maass workshop (The Fire in Fiction) to talk about our goals, projects and life. While technology has allowed us to continue meeting via Google chat, face-to-face time satisfies a human need for connection on a deeper level, I find. What do you think?

Although we haven’t earned spring or summer in California because we’ve had a long string of days like this (today):

Brisbane, California
Brisbane, California

I’m still excited by the first signs of spring. Look at this little visitor who came to our driveway a couple days ago.


3 thoughts on “Spring is coming

  1. Hi Nia,
    I’m envious, I’ve never been on a writing retreat. One of my friends went to a cottage in Wales for a week and completely restructured her novel, so they must work!

    I’ve just had two of my short stories published in an anthology and wondered if you would review the book on your blog?
    It’s called ‘The Milk of Female Kindness’ and includes short fiction, poetry, art, memoir and medical writing on the theme of honest motherhood. Some of the writers have recently given birth, others are grandmothers. Some, like me, are childless; my writing is inspired by memories of my own mother. Some of the pieces will make you smile, others are heartbreaking.

    I’d be very happy to send you an e-book or hard copy, or some sample stories.
    Best wishes and thanks,
    Sandra @ http://www.sandradanby.com/


    1. Hi Sandra,

      Congratulations!! That is so awesome.

      I can’t commit to book reviews right now, sadly, because I’m promised out forever and I’m a pathetically slow reader. Plus I’m backlogged and also swamped with writing.

      This is my first writing retreat. It has really rejuvenated me. I hope you can do one someday.

      Thanks for following and leaving a comment. It’s lovely to connect with you.




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