The Wickeds are all coming down from another great retreat in Old Orchard Beach. We wrote, talked, had a fabulous photo shoot, and planned the rest of the year’s blog. We came up with new ideas and cemented our friendships that are both professional and personal. Here are each of our highlights.
Sherry: I am happy to report that I met and exceeded all my goals. I did laugh until my cheeks hurt, I wrote 2000 words, I drank some wine, I edited and enjoyed spending time with each of my wicked cozy sisters. Jessie goes out of her way to make sure we all have a fabulous time. Thanks for transporting me back and forth to the airport, Jessie!
Jessie:I look forward to this weekend all year. Everyone laughs and learns from each other and stays up too late. We talk about the business of writing and art of living and how those things intersect. Truly, I feel blessed to spend time with all these amazing women! Sherry, seeing your smiling face at the airport was the best start to the weekend! I’ll pick you up anytime!
Liz is smiling but she was in book jail because of her deadline.
Edith fixed us a fabulous fish stew. Jessie made her famous fondue and vegetarian chili. The rest of us were slackers and bought food.
Edith: What they said! It was a real treat to get away. Liz and I shared the bunkhouse, and thank goodness she consented to take the upper bunk. When we weren’t consulting, consorting, cavorting, or consuming, I used the solitary little desk to crank out some word count.
And then Meg Manion Silliker drove up from Newburyport to take our natural-light group photo, as well as individual head shots. She is responsible for the best photographs of me ever known to the universe, at least in the last decade. She set us all at ease and I know when we see the results, we’re going to love them.
Barb: Pretty much mission accomplished. Jessie is the hostess with the mostest and Edith and Jessie are great cooks. (The rest of us, regardless of our cooking skill level, proved ourselves adept at buying food. And wine.) Last year it was all writing, writing, writing. This year it was mostly marketing, marketing, marketing. The journey continues.
Liz: I cannot say enough how grateful I am to be part of this group (even when they put me in book jail). We are a true community of support and friendship and yes, even tough love. Jessie, as everyone else said, thank you for opening your house for us. Our pictures are fabulous, our scarves are fabulous, and thanks to Sherry, I am steaming forward to my deadline with a little more wind in my sails. Learned a lot and had a lot of fun, as usual. Love these girls!
Julie: My writing goals were not met, but I feel restored in so many ways. Such a great group of women. LOVE sharing our dreams and goals, and then group thinking about how to make them happen. Lots of planning for the year ahead, including our Malice trip coming up in a couple of weeks. My advice to any writer–find your group. It makes the journey a lot more fun.
Thank you for bringing us along on your journey.
Happy to share it, Gram!
Lovely report! But what is book jail? What did Liz do to be sent to book jail? How do I get sent to book jail?
Liz has a May 1 deadline and this book had been refusing to get finished. So she spent much of her time in the living room writing and eavesdropping on the rest of us sitting around the kitchen table. We let her come out for her gruel, though. ;^)
They are a tough group, Ramona!
You are a tough crowd. xo
And a wonderful time was had by all! Sounds wonderful and what a great place! Best of luck with all of your works, all of you.
Sounds like a lot of fun. Glad you all enjoyed it. Me? I spent my weekend at the LA Times Festival of Books.
Oh, that sounds wonderful too, Mark!
I went to the LA Festival of Books when my son attended UCLA. It coincided with a family trip to visit him. Fun and slightly overwhelming. Boston didn’t have a book festival back then and I had to figure out how to navigate.
It’s at USC now, and it is a bit overwhelming still. After several years, still trying to figure out how to navigate it and find everything. Still fun, after all, I went both days.
a perfect example of why i like to be behind the lens!!! thank you so much for the shout out. this was one of my most favorite photo shoots. you all are wonderful!!! xo
We had a ball, and are loving viewing our choices of photos, Meg. You’re the best.
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