Saturday, May 19, 2012

Retreat, retrench, refresh

This is why writers retreat.

The picture above is from a recent trip I took with members of my writing group, the local chapter of Romance Writers of America. As you can see, we were entrenched in a lodge in the Ozark Forrest (though far from roughing-it with Jacuzzis, a gourmet kitchen, wi-fi, etc) where our cell phones had no signal.

We talked publishing, love, and life, and had a great time joking inappropriately.

Most of us were able to do loads of writing and revising while we there for the QUIET weekend, away from our jobs, kids, and partners.

Today, I'm spending my Saturday the way I usually do, at my regular writing cave in a cabin on the river. It's beautiful here, and I'm happy to have the time off from my day job for writing. Unfortunately, QUIET doesn't describe my morning. A man on a red tractor is circling the cabin, mowing the area...loudly...for the past three hours. In fact, the only thing louder than the mower drowning out the sounds of the birds is my hubby's snoring in his recliner, just a few feet from my writing spot.

So writerly folks, take note: this is why we should allow ourselves a retreat. If I accomplish little writing today, at least I can look back at my retreat and know I banked a few extra hours for this very reason. Now, where is my calendar? I need to plan a new retreat.

(photo by the awesome Megan M. Mitcham)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fandemonium: Teen Talk Tuesday

Earlier this week and for the very first time, I purchased concert tickets to see my teen idols, Duran Duran, on stage.


Yes, that was me you heard screaming across the country. Today they're as old as dirt, but they were my everything when I was ## years old. (I'm still half in love with the bassist, but don't tell my hubby!) I literally papered my entire bedroom with posters of them, and I'm sure some marketer somewhere had me on his radar. I bought everything there was to buy!

This lead me to this week's questions for a few of my students:

Which celebrity are you a fanatic for, and on a scale of "casual interest" to "Stalker", where do you see yourself?

The first celebrity named was Ke$ha.

"Alex," 16, said she loved Ke$ha and owns all her songs. She rated herself a 4 on a "1 to STALKER" scale.

Next, Chris Brown.

"Mya," 14, rated her fandemonium for Chris Brown as a 6. She loves all his songs.

And finally, Carrie Underwood.

"April," 14, rated herself a 7 on the fan scale. She has all her songs.

And a 4th student said she didn't consider herself a fanatic for any single celebrity.
None of these students admitted to spending much money on their favorites, but they were all very emphatic about their listening preferences. Word, writers! Music is a key part of a teenager's life.

As always, my students love to answer your questions. If you want a teen perspective about most anything, post your question as a comment and I'll share their response.