White Mountain Trip!
From December 30th to January 1st I was away for a little writing retreat. It was one that I had decided to do after NaNoWriMo was completed. This was my reward for actually finishing my word count and going even further than that. This trip was up in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, in the White Mountain region of the state. Unfortunately we didn't get to go out as much as we wanted, since there was a bit of a snow storm, but on the second day of the trip we went out extremely early just so we were able to enjoy our time before it came.
Now on the first day we did indeed get a late start with everything. This is because unfortunately something that we all notice a lot as writers is that we need to either have a part time or full time job. For me I'm working a full time job, and since we had winter break at work, I needed to work a half a shift before taking off so that I was able to. When I did finally get out of work, my best friend, and fellow writer, Laura Dickey, and I were heading up towards the White Mountains for our own writing retreat.
Once we arrived we already had grabbed our food for the night and decided that it would be best if we just stayed in for the night, since I was exhausted from work and she had been exhausted from all the other crazy holiday stuff that had been going on. Both of us basically collapsed, we didn't really write for the first hour, more eating and chit chatting about what we wanted to do over our writing retreat. We didn't want to sit in the hotel the entire time (which kind of ended up happening), but we also wanted to get as much done as we possibly could. After that we couldn't stop writing, and I will admit that I fell asleep with my writing in my lap, all my books still scattered all over the bed.
The next day we both woke up early and decided to go out early for breakfast to get our head in gear for the writing day ahead. We knew we wanted to go out and do something else, but we were hearing about all of this snow coming our way. So instead, we went to a store that I knew from family vacations, picked up some food and went back to the hotel and this is by 8:00 a.m. in the morning. I had downloaded a game because I knew that I wasn't going to be able to write the entire day, and we were no longer going out for a break so I set all of that up.
I did in fact finish up my NaNoWriMo novel, The Narmanlo Effect. I don't have any specific details on it yet, but it is the rough draft of the novel, now completed at almost 100k words. After that I tried to finish editing both of my manuscripts, but that was extremely hard for me to do since I just typed about 25k in record time, for myself anyway. I only ended up editing 10 pages, but it is still progress and I wouldn't let myself get discouraged by it. I still have all of this year to be able to reach my goal of having the first book ready for publication.
Towards midnight I was on Instagram live, to be able to countdown to the New Year with some wonderful people, Laura having fallen asleep next to me about an hour and a half before. The next morning we got up and got ready to go. I had been fighting a sickness the entire trip. Day two I didn't really have a voice, but by day 3 I couldn't talk and I was extremely ill. Once we packed everything up, we left the hotel around 8:30 a.m. and headed back down to where we lived. I was home and was resting around 11:30 a.m. I will say that it wasn't the most conventional trip that I've taken, especially for something to do with writing but I will say that I did enjoy it and felt like I got a lot done and would definitely be up to doing it again as a NaNoWriMo reward.
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