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06 May 2010 @ 02:40 pm
April 2010 Oregon Coast Writing Retreat  
Sorry for the lack of blogging lately. I have a bunch of stuff to blog about, too, and I'm going to try to clear out that backlog starting now.

One of the things I've been doing and not blogging about is that I went to the coast last week for six days of hanging out, walking on the beach, cooking and eating, knitting, and writing writing writing with the cool folks pictured above: Jerry Oltion, Spencer Ellsworth (spencimusprime), Janna Silverstein (scarlettina), Amanda Clark (maclark2005), Tina Connolly (tinaconnolly), Camille Alexa (camillealexa), Kathy Oltion, David D. Levine (davidlevine), Kate Yule (kateyule). Not shown: Carrie Vaughn (carriev). Photo by Jerry Oltion.

I wrote over 7500 words of draft on a new project, plus 2500 words of notes and outline, and had a great time.

We also shared bits of our most embarrassing juvenilia. For myself, it wasn't the clunky prose in my early work that really made me hang my head in shame (13-year-old me suffered from Exposition Syndrome rather than the more typical addiction to Purple Prose -- obviously, the tree grows as the twig is bent) but the sexism. I cannot help but recall that when I was a young sprout my favorite TV show had only two female characters, one of whom was mute.

What can I say? I got better...

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The NewroticGirlnewroticgirl on May 6th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an awesome time! One of these times, I'll find time/energy/money to tag along...... :)
robin catesbydeedop on May 7th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Awww man, I miss those trips!
scarlettina: Ashamedscarlettina on May 7th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
It was, indeed, an awesome weekend. But honestly, you didn't hear my most embarassing juvenalia. I had some true howlers with me that I couldn't bear to read aloud. I was a pompous child, terribly full of my own importance. Some things are best left unshared.