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.
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.
I can safely say a good time was had by all. The addition of Chucho, an Airedale-poodle mix dog, was a great delight.
The place was gorgeous and peaceful, visited by sweet brown deer and chirpy birds. And chirpy writers.
- Pepsi Cheetos (laughingsquid.com)
- The pecan tree is the only nut tree native to North America so… (oshkoshfoodcoop.com)
- Fishing The San Marcos River (clb182.wordpress.com)
- Whiskey Caramel Roasted Pecans (thetipsyhomemaker.com)