Sunday, October 22, 2017

Zooming Along

This fall has been zooming along super fast!

My last five weeks have included presenting at the fabulous ANWA conference for the first time, (I have to go back again. LOVED), chaperoning a high school Shakespeare competition trip, and attending the ANWA Northwest Writing Retreat at a gorgeous beach in Washington. And I just got back from the Kanab conference, where I had fun teaching a class and an intensive. I. Had. A. Blast.

Back to the retreat, because writing by the sea was a bucket list item for me. I took so many pictures. Soooo many. How could I not?

Here's one of the sun coming out through the clouds as I was about to write the climactic scene in my latest work in progress. Guess where the book is set?

THE OCEAN. I know, right? Well, my book takes place off the coast of Australia near rocky beaches. This rocky beach was totally inspiring.

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My friend Tammy took me to the tide pools where I first ever saw a live jellyfish in the wild . . .

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. . . until I realized that it was actually dead. "Yeah, it's missing its head," Tammy proclaimed. You can see it at the top of the photo below, as well as the sea urchin thingys she made me poke. I squealed when one closed itself on my finger.

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And look at this sunset. I want to go back now.

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It's been a waaay busy five weeks. But I loved every single bit.