Looking Back: My First Ever Writer's Retreat, Fun Nail Art, Fantastic Books, and even more to look forward to in October!
My First EVER Writer's Retreat!!!
I've always dreamed about going away on a writer's retreat. But...you know, I thought I needed to be a published author first. When I heard that authors Beth Revis and Cristin Terrill were putting a retreat together this coming November, I was tempted. (I believe you can still sign up for that one!) When I heard that author CJ Redwine was putting one together in October, I was sold. I've wanted to do her Online World Building Workshop for a while now. I've considered taking a semester of her courses before. Her price was great, and not only were there workshops (including World Building!!!), but we could also do a critique with CJ. PLUS it all took place in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Looking out at the view from porch swings every day while writing/researching/plotting was great:
I also met some great writers that I hope keep in touch. Their projects all sound amazing!!!
CJ is going to do a retreat again next year, and I'm definitively tempted!
Some of My Favorite Nail Art!!!
To say goodbye to summer, I got out my neons one last time and decided to use ALL OF THEM.
I got out my dotting tools (You can see everything I used in this post) and went wild.
I liked the design SO MUCH that, when coming up with ideas for my writing retreat, I decided to go with dots again. I was going to go with a completely different design scheme, buuuuuut I was so in love with my new Essie "Frock n Roll" (a pretty eggplant purple) and so eager to try it out that I used that, and it dictated the other colors that would go alongside it. It came out a little wintery, but still fun!
...AND it matches the Starbucks cup I got at the airport perfectly, don't you think!?
I was SO STRESSED flying to Tennessee. I had to pick a different airport because the Pope was in Philly and I couldn't go to my normal airport. THEN my flight was delayed and I was going to be arriving in Atlanta, Georgia, during my boarding call for my connection. So I was stressed the whole first plane ride. I had my iPod on randomize, but I didn't really pay attention...or care...until a song from one of my favorite musicals, Aida, came on. I hadn't heard it in a long time and it was very calming to me. Sooooo I decided to listen to that instead. It really helped me destress and put me in a better place!
On the second flight, I was much calmer and even got inspired for a WIP that has been taking FOREVER to click into place.
On the flight home, I was amused because my iPod was once again on Randomize. I was looking out at these beautiful puffy clouds and at one point, it played "A Perfect Sky" by Bonnie Pink, and a little later, it played another Bonnie Pink song, "Catch the Sun." Very appropriate songs when flying! I was reading a book on that flight called MADLY by Amy Alward (Called THE POTION DIARIES in the UK) and I was reading a scene about mermaids when "Atlantis" by Ellie Goulding strated to play. My iPod was definitely a mind reader that day!
I've also been listening a lot to The Killers again recently. I found my Battle Born CD and it's so different from their other music! I looked them up online to see if they'd come out with anything recently and saw that lead singer Brandon Flowers has done two solo albums. I just picked them up at the library to see how I like him on his own. I'll talk about that more in next month's wrap-up!
....Recommend me some stuff? ^.~ I have Netflix now!
I pre-ordered The Avengers: Age of Ultron and couldn't decide on which Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook I wanted. I pre-ordered both and have to return one. I'm leaning toward keeping Vision, but the movie is called Age of ULTRON, not Age of VISION. So...maybe I should keep the Ultron one? Help!!!!
That was my September.
How was yours???
Here's a look at everything that happened in September!