Thursday, January 31, 2013

Getting Your Write On!

Hi, P. J. Hoover here, and it was back to the Lodge o' Death for a writing retreat earlier this month. Sure, we all turn up with thoughts on what we're going to work on, but part of being an author is being flexible. Like getting last minute revision notes and working on that instead of the planned activity. Still, when it comes to writing, there is no where else I'd rather be than off in the woods with some of my favorite writing gals, pouring out the words.

(For my last retreat post, check here.)

 Retreaters without antlers
Bottom (L to R): Jenny Moss, Christine (her daughter), Nikki Loftin, and Bethany Hegedus
Center (L to R): P. J. Hoover (me), Cory Putman Oakes, Kari Anne Holt, Jessica Lee Anderson, and Stephanie Pellegrin
Top (L to R): Sam Clark, Jo Whittemore, Salima Alikhan, Vanessa Lee, and Madeline Smoot

Retreaters with antlers

Highlights from the retreat include...

A gorgeous sunrise on the drive there!

 A great location and perfect weather!

The right people make the retreat what it is!

Fun writer peeps to hang with!
L to R: Madeline Smoot, Jessica Lee Anderson, Stephanie Pellegrin, and Kari Anne Holt

And more fun peeps!
L to R: Christine (Jenny's daughter), Nikki Loftin, Jenny Moss

 Food is a completely important part of any retreat!




The Lodge o' Death isn't called The Lodge o' Death for nothing. Sorry, baby deer.

 sniff, sniff

Other fun activities include chatting, reading, walking, yoga, and Zumba!

 Evening chatting and readings! with Cory Putman Oakes and Kari


After lunch with Jessica, Kari, and Stephanie

The whole crew (minus me) at the giant table

 These were the creepiest cows in the world!

And this sink gives me nightmares. I worry it will come alive.

 A diorama of a deer with sea shells (with Stephanie)

Thanks, Lodge o' Death, for another great retreat!


P. J. Hoover is the author of the upcoming dystopia/mythology YA book, SOLSTICE (Tor Teen, June 2013), the upcoming Egyptian mythology MG book, TUT (Tor Children's, Winter 2014), and the middle-grade SFF series, THE FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOKS (CBAY, 2008-2010). You can read more about her and her books on P. J.'s website or blog.


Jordan Dane said...

Ha! Great pics. Love the crew too, but what did you guys DO there for your retreat? Do you brainstorm plots?

Sechin Tower said...

Any place called the "Lodge o' Death" seems like a great place to write! (especially for something related to Egyptian mythology)

PJ Hoover said...

We brainstorm anything that each other will listen to, Jordan :)

LOL, Sechin! Yes, the place does have plenty of inspiration!