Hi everyone, thanks for playing along with me during the launch of DIY Writing Retreat. It’s now officially for sale right here and on Amazon for $4.99. If you’re looking for a guide that will give you a schedule, writing prompts, ideas for ways to unwind, and even recipes to take a weekend away, then grab a copy for yourself! It’s less expensive than a residency application, not to mention a lot less time-consuming!
Back to our regularly scheduled programming next week! I’m working on a post about how I’ve started getting “involved” at Valley and Mountain.
Yay! It’s here!
I got the idea to write a guide to running your own writing retreat after I realized that I had run my own writing retreat after I graduated from my MFA program. It was super fun to write–it has tables and lists and recipes! But, alas, the formatting and the glyph-designing and the editing (once again, mil gracias to my BFF Kel and KMR Publishing!) took a while. And then there was summer camp. So, I came up with this idea back in…April? And it is now (finally!) ready for your perusal.
Here’s what DIY Writing Retreat is:
- A guide to running your own personal retreat to write for one weekend.
- A schedule (down to the minute) with when to write, eat, relax, and write some more.
- Motivational writing that will get YOU writing.
- Lots of writing prompts (if you don’t know what to write) and ideas for how to make a writing goal (if you do).
- Easy recipes and a shopping list so that you don’t have to think about eating.
- Ideas for adventures to take in between writing sessions.
- Instructions for fun unwinding activities, like how to make a God’s eye, for you to do in the evenings.
And it works–following this schedule for three weeks, I wrote all of the text for DIY Chick Lit. Yes, all of it!
DIY Writing Retreat is going to be available here and on Amazon starting Oct. 3. If you’d like to download it RIGHT NOW, great news, you can! Sign up here and I will send you a link to get the guide for free. You’ll also get my monthly updates AKA ezine “Greetings from Bookland” where I share all of my deepest darkest secrets and occasionally a recipe for cupcakes.
So, to recap, you can sign up here to get updates from me, and then I will send you a link to download DIY Writing Retreat.
I just got back from two weeks in Central America with Andrew. We traveled around Guatemala and Belize and saw mountain lakes, old cities, lots of cathedrals, geckos, cave roaches that will haunt me for the rest of my life, and many Maya ruins. It was awesome. I was so hot.
Now that I’m back in Seattle, where it is FINALLY STARTING TO COOL OFF, I’m trying to get back in the swing of things. This summer was ultra-busy, with lots of tutoring work and moving stuff. Our house is pretty much settled into now, especially since we decided not to paint anything. We have things to do but nothing urgent, things like curtains for some random windows and maybe that frosted glass stuff for our door.
I am so happy to be wearing a sweatshirt as I type this.
So, here, in no particular order, are the projects I’m working on for the rest of September:
- A new cover and title for The Chick Lit Cookbook. It is now DIY Chick Lit.
Almost Also available on Amazon (again)!
- A fun new guide to running your own writing retreat–DIY Writing Retreat (get it? There’s a theme!). It was super fun for to write, like designing a workbook for writers–it’s the nuts and bolts of getting away for a weekend to work on your own writing. There’s a schedule, writing prompts, and lots of inspirational JUST-DO-IT paragraphs to motivate you. It even includes recipes and how to make a God’s Eye, as if you were at writing camp. And it tells you when you are allowed to drink wine. Once my darling editor Kel finishes our final tweaks, I’ll be putting it up for sale here and on Amazon. Sign up here if you would like to be notified when it hits the so-called stands.
- More writing about Valley & Mountain, forthcoming.
- Another project that I am not sure how to launch yet, but I will be sharing on here for sure. It’s a book for women called You Don’t Have to Do That. It’s all about things you don’t have to do. I don’t know what else to tell you yet, except that in the course of my research I’ve discovered that you pretty much don’t have to do anything.
- Various short stories, a short novel (I hate the world “novella”) and ooh ooh ooh! My first short story is going to be published here for winning an Editor’s Choice award for this prize. It’s called “Flask Dress,” and it’s about a girl who gets drunk at her fundamentalist Christian father’s house on Christmas Eve while wearing a dress that conceals a flask that she made herself. Like my mom said, this story is about all of my interests.
- Posts on two sites: a column on We Heart Writing, where I’ll be contributing monthly, and an interview on Tara Swiger’s blog. I’ll link when they’re up.
Whew, I feel accomplished already. Or terrified.
Last summer I set out to take a survey. A lot of you took that survey, and I am SO GRATEFUL to you all. Thank you! I also started this blog, started tweeting, and started reading about crafters. Make that continued reading about crafters; I have been addicted to craft blogs since the beginning of craft blog time.
At the end of the summer, I had found out many things. I put a lot of them in this post. I had been planning to write a book about the craft blogosphere. I’m in an MFA program for nonfiction; I thought I would make this my thesis.
As it happened, I got sidetracked late this past fall by a local church that started renting a local landmark. I interviewed the pastor and ended up spending three months writing about it. Those three months have turned into a year of serious research into this particular church.
Long story short, I’m not writing a nonfiction book about crafters, at least not right now. There are a slew of awesome crafter-observer blogs (for example, Craftypod) that are writing that book in their posts. However, I wanted to write something about crafters–because you guys are awesome, and because I love writing about crafts.
Luckily, I ran into a fellow crafter and we decided to collaborate. It is with great pride that I share with you: A Typical Craft Blog. To be updated biweekly over the next six weeks, as I finish up interviewing and writing. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who’s agreed to even more questions, and to everyone who read and encouraged me last summer! I hope you will visit, read, comment, and enjoy!