Run away! Run away!

16 10 2010

Whenever I hear the word ‘retreat’, I am bodily injected into that scene from The Holy Grail when the rabbits are attacking (or is it the part where farm animals are being catapulted? I forget) and the knights are yelling at each other, “Run away! Run away!”

Okay, so it isn’t really bodily, but I always think of it. Always. Even last week, when I went to the [cue music] . . .

Northwest Writers’ Retreat.

Think of it: the ocean in front of you, trees behind you, and writers all around you. Add to that (and I say this with the knowledge you all know how desperately I love my children) two nights taking care of only myself. Pretty much heavenly.

I look forward to this retreat (run away! run away!) every year. It’s a time for me to be alone, to think, to fill my cup. It’s a time for me to talk to other writers, to listen to ideas, and to get ideas of my own. This year, it was also time for me to meet one of my favorite authors ever.

Janette Rallison.

Did you hear me? JANETTE RALLISON.

I first read one of her books, oh, probably eight years ago. I liked it.


To steal from Rainbow, I didn’t just like it, I lo-o-oved it.

Ever since, I have followed (and I mean that in the least-creepy form of the word) Janette’s career online, reading all her books as soon as I could possibly get my hands on them after they were published.

I’m sure you can imagine my ecstasy when I found out she was presenting at my retreat.

It was pretty much a dream come true for me.

Her presentations were great, the classes were wonderful, and I had a fabulous time.

Look at all these amazing ladies. How could I not?

And I’ll let you in on a little secret: Janette’s taller than she looks online. She’s also just as hilarious as her books are.

Until next year . . .



9 responses

17 10 2010

SOOOOO happy you got to go and have a great time!

17 10 2010

It sounds like bliss. How wonderful to have the perfect retreat for you. I need one of those.

18 10 2010
El Jefe

Maybe you’re shorter than you look online. Just a suggestion.

–El Jefe

18 10 2010

I’m so glad I got to bunk with you:) I hope you didn’t mind my selfish quiet reserve. I had a lot on my mind at the time. I don’t know about you but, that time alone just to do ANYTHING you want to with your time, without ANYONE asking you to get me this, or do that for me, was pure bliss. How evil is that to say? I hope you enjoyed it as much as me~sigh~ I say all this as I hear “MOM!” coming from the recesses of down stairs. Must go…

18 10 2010

lucky you! Glad you got to go. And wow, your hair is getting long, it’s really pretty.

19 10 2010

Well deserved retreat. I’m so happy you enjoyed yourself!

20 10 2010

el jefe–I was really hoping that wasn’t the case. But it’s probably true.

Candice and Monique–I think mothers should be required to take a retreat at least once a year. Preferably twice.

21 10 2010
Mrs. Olsen

How cool. I just won a book of hers from that blog I sent you to last week. I won! I’m excited to read it. I’ll let you know what I thought in a year (when I finally finish). Glad you were able to getaway.

7 11 2010

Yay!!!!! I love hearing about these every year. How awesome for you to get to meet your favorite author! Wahoo! I would be super-excited too.

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