Although many us at the retreat successfully trimmed fat off our manuscripts this weekend, I don't think we were quite as successful at losing our body fat! The dangerous wealth of snacks overflowing on the countertops made sure of that. Despite the extra pounds I know that I personally left the retreat with a better manuscript than I came with, and I strongly encourage every writer in the midsouth region to attend the next revision retreat. It was an extremely valuable experience.
Here are a just a few of the many highlights from the trip:
- Zip-lining at night. I found out just how fearless writers truly are as I watched my fellow SCBWI members don their climbing harnesses and without hesitation leap into the darkness. I thought zip-lining was only for high school and college students. Boy was I wrong!
- Sitting in the back porch with Mary Uhles enjoying the beautiful weather. It was so nice to share that bit of peace and quiet with her as we set to work with our sketchbooks, pencils, and watercolors.
- Devouring Pat Nesbitt’s delicious banana muffins, banana pudding, and desert bars. She is an incredible cook!
- Riding in the car with Beth Dotson Brown. We shared the two-hour drive to the retreat together and I found her to be a delightful conversationalist. We covered topics ranging from cows, past writing experiences, and childhood memories.
- Finding my place in the Midsouth SCBWI community. I don’t think you could find a nicer group of people anywhere in the whole world!