August 21, 2012

A Writer's Retreat with Me, Myself, and I

Justin and I are spending a few days in the quaint town of Orange, Virginia. 

He is taking a class for work.
I am reading, writing, and--most importantly--eating lots of food. 

Food in belly = Happy me! 

Since Justin will be gone most of the day, I'm dubbing this mini-vacation a writing retreat! With one participant! Me! 

Let's see how many words I can write in the next three days, hmm? Have I mentioned that I'm a terribly slow first drafter? 

{The Mayhurst Inn}
We're staying at a historic B&B that dates back to 1859! General Robert E. Lee once visited this house and General "Stonewall" Jackson once stayed the night too. I'm a huge, huge history nerd so this kind of information makes my brain very excited...even though I'm a Yankee girl through and through.

{B&B decor with a splash of YA}
My reading list for my little retreat includes: 


That last book is a Civil War history that spans over a 800 pages. Yowza, it is a monster read! But it's incredibly researched and impeccably written. Still, my eyeballs are going a little cross-eyed. :)


 Obviously, no writer's retreat is complete without food and actual writing! This morning, I loaded up on a yummy egg-filled breakfast and then opened up Word to my WIP. It is a YA novel and it is set in space.

Breakfast + Spaceship-filled books = Happy Caroline!

Tell me though...how are you doing? What are you up to? And what are you reading?

9 comments:

  1. My best friend grew up in the next town over (Madison), so I've driven by this B&B countless times! It's so, so gorgeous! That whole area is the setting for at least one of the stories in my head (if not more!!). I hope you & Justin have a relaxing, productive retreat.

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    1. No freaking way! What a small world!

      You are so so right--this B&B is lovely! I'm hoping to do some sightseeing tomorrow so I can take in more of the pretty countryside!

      And what are these stories that you are setting in rural VA? When can I read them?! :)

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  2. Have a great time at the B&B, it looks so cute! I can't get over how fast you read! Just one of those books would take me the entire visit. I hope the location is inspiring and you get lots of good stuff written!

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    1. I wish you and Geoff were here, CJ! I think you guys would love this B&B!

      It was so good seeing you guys last weekend! Man, why must we live so far away from each other?!

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  3. What a beautiful B&B! I'd be geeking out with you too. I'm glad to have found a fellow history nerd. My friend thought I was joking when I said I wanted Ron Chernow's biography of Washington for Christmas. I was like: DO YOU NOT KNOW ME???

    Happy writing!

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    1. Ohhh, you're a history nerd too?! YAY!

      As much as Justin likes history, he's not into the going-to-historic-houses-and-museums sort of guy. Which is frustrating because why wouldn't you want to visit James Madison's home or an awesome art show? Haha.

      Man, I need to take a trip out to LA so we can chat about history and books! Or maybe you should come to DC and we'll just spend all day at the Smithsonian? :)

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    2. OMG, I would love to spend ALL THE TIME at the Smithsonian! I've been to the Natural History Museum but not the US one! My family was like, "Whatevs," but I was like, "WHY do you not see the TRAGEDY of this situation?!"

      I just like history and random old things okay?

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  4. Sounds SO fun! I hope you get a lot done and enjoy yourself too. :)

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  5. Oooh that breakfast! Enjoy you're retreat for one I hope you get loads done.

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