Monday, June 22, 2009

Feels Like Home to Me

I spent a glorious and relaxing weekend at the family cabin and am much refreshed by it. This is one of the few places left in my world that I've been going to all my life. The cabin we stay in now isn't the one I grew up in, but even better - I helped build it. The old cottage is still on the property, too, refurbished into a writer's retreat and place to go for a little quiet time.

On Saturday, while the rest of family celebrated the opening of bass season, I took advantage of the peace to do a little writing. At least, I tried. My writing space was invaded by a HUGE and pale spider who was much too close for comfort. I had to retreat and wait for my son to come back from his run to rescue my computer for me.

Once that was taken care of, I settled back in and polished up the short story I've been working on. It's now been sent off for submission and I'll be waiting with fingers crossed.

That evening, we had fresh caught bass for dinner, along with new potatoes and green beans, with blackberry pie for dessert. So good!

Sunday was a nice lazy day. My step-mom put a ham in the oven after breakfast and the whole place smelled wonderful and homey. Perfect for sipping wine and snoozing in a chair while watching a favorite old movie.

I was sad to go, but am looking forward to the next visit.

Tomorrow, I'll be host for the day at Beth Wylde's Yahoo Group as part of her Pride Month celebration. Feel free to stop by and chat with me, and read a few excerpts.


Galen Kindley--Author said...

Wow, how nice was that experience…Except of course for the spider who was probably unaware you were there. Still, they are discomforting. You’ve a great place to visit and escape to. Is it close by and easy to get to and do you get there much?

Best regards, Galen

Enid Wilson said...

Hmm, the spider could become one of your plots...

Bargain with the Devil

Stephen Tremp said...

Elle, have you considered posting short stories on your blog site? I'm seriously considering doing this. Maybe for thirty days, then posting another short story. I think this will give viewers a better taste of what an author has to offer someone who would consider purchasing your book(s).

- Steve Tremp

Elle Parker said...

Galen - It's about an hour and a half away, so yeah, we get there several times a year. And that spider did too know I was there...I heard him laughing.

Enid - I'm not sure I could bring myself to write that. *shudder*

Stephen - I've put up excerpts and I have more stuff planned, as well as some unpublished shorts. Most of my writing time goes into blogs or things to submit.


Alexis Grant said...

Oh, sounds lovely.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Your writing retreat combined with a family gathering sounds like a wonderful combination. My weekend away included a screened-in porch that looked out across Arizona hills and desert, a corral with two horses and a mule downhill, and several coveys of quail with many babies, scrambling around the rocks, peeping and cooing. So relaxing.

Elle Parker said...

Oooo...your retreat sounds just lovely!!