River Bluff Writer’s Retreat

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Snack, snack, talk, talk, talk, snack, snack.

Oh, and some writing.

Last Friday and Saturday, Fifteen Minutes of Fame, an Austin writing group, held a Year One First Ever Annual Retreat at the River Bluff cabin near Fentress, Texas, on the lovely pecan bottoms by the San Marcos River.

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We acquired hamburgers Friday night and pizza Saturday night from the local convenience store. There was no television, land-line phone, or Internet service. We had to sit around and…talk…and snack….a lot. And the snacks! Trail mix, cookies, hummus, crackers, grapes, strawberries, cherries, bananas, tangerines, cheeses, veggie chips, Cheetos, booze, soda, and Guatemalan Dark coffee.

On Saturday, discipline reared its head, and the group did three fifteen-minute timed writings with a prompt. The first prompt was “retreat,” then “grip,” (as in get a), then “murder in the woods” suggested by yours truly. We all scribbled furiously, then read our offerings aloud.

It was great fun. I haven’t sat down and talked continuously with a small group of people in I don’t know when. Many topics were touched upon, but none were exhausted. Although the conference attendees were rather exhausted when Sunday morning rolled around.

One person slept on a cot on the upstairs deck, sheltered by giant pecan trees, two of us on beds on the second floor, and two more downstairs on couch/rollaway bed combinations.

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I can safely say a good time was had by all. The addition of Chucho, an Airedale-poodle mix dog, was a great delight.

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The place was gorgeous and peaceful, visited by sweet brown deer and chirpy birds. And chirpy writers.

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10 thoughts on “River Bluff Writer’s Retreat

  1. Thanks for telling what this was all about! Sounds marvelous

  2. Wow, Kaye. You’re quick on the draw. I barely got it written, edited and posted! It was fun.

  3. Sounds like fun! You had me at Cheetos and booze. 🙂

  4. Gale, it just sounds wonderful. A real recharge, perfect for igniting the creative spark! (I’d have had that top bed)

  5. It was lovely. I bet you would have liked it. And brought Macaulay. He could sniff the deer tracks.

  6. I was there, too, and I can attest to the fact that Gale told the truth. It was fun. I am still recovering. From the Cheetos.

  7. Cheetos and cherries. In Gone With the Wind, when the last rooster in Atlanta was killed for Christmas dinner at Aunt Pitty Pat’s, some guest told Scarlett it was a “Lucullan banquet.” I suppose that refers to a Roman feast. We had a Lucullan banquet at River Bluff.

  8. Reblogged this on Fifteen Minutes of Fame and commented:
    15 Minutes of Fame member Gale Albright tells what really happened at the River Bluff Writer’s Retreat,

  9. This sounds like a great idea.

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