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Monday, November 12, 2007

Blessed Writing Retreat

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

This past weekend my writing journey took me to a far-away, secluded log cabin in the mountainous woods of Franklin, NC. Only one thing could describe it.

I loved it!!!

We plotted, brainstormed, and wrote. And plotted, brainstormed, and wrote. Prayer bathed us, both when we prayed and our loved ones at home prayed for us. I felt so blessed and relaxed. We formed friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. We had no cell phone access and only one of us succeeded in hooking up to the dial-up line on the Internet. Of course, this meant that I missed posting my Saturday blog on F.A.I.T.H. It wasn't for a lack of trying. Missy even let me borrow her laptop, but the connection kept failing.

I learned a few things from my new writing friends:

  • Camy Tang is a Night Owl and a Branding Queen.

  • Cheryl Wyatt is a Spiritual Warrior and a Squirrel who is excited about her first book!

  • Missy Tippens does NOT Snore, although she claims to.

  • Lynette Eason can connect to the Internet when no one else can.

  • Pamela James (Pammer) can stomp a wayward sleeping bag into shape until it fits in its duffel bag.

  • Everyone was able to plot a new book with our brainstorming sessions. I came home with four new books plotted and a new brand for my author image. Stay tuned as I discuss the new changes with my agent and begin to implement my new "author look" on my website and blog. These ladies were awesome and we definitely decided we want to do this again next year! We all came together from California, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The bond of writing and Christ tie us together.


    I had a great time too, Jenn! I loved the photos. I'll have to get mine downloaded soon.


    That looks like sooo much fun! And coming away with 4 new books? Wow!

    It was a blast! I have to get my photos out of my camera too. Don't forget to forward them to me!

    Keep in touch.


    Pam, I hope the bus ride wasn't too long. I'll forward the photos I have. I didn't get any of us on the swing. Lynette has them, I think.

    Glad you had such a great time. It sounded wonderful!!

    I had a great time, too! I kind of shudder that we stayed up so late and then functioned the next day.

    Me too, Camy! I didn't think I'd be able to put my contacts in on Sunday without them stinging, but I was fine. It must have been God's grace.

    Awww! Sounds like y'all had a great time! Wish I could've been there!!