October 22, 2012

A Great Weekend and a Winner

Gabe, me, and Mel. My arms are like soooo long in this pic. Hehe.
This weekend, I traveled to Minnesota for the My Book Therapy Storycrafters Retreat.

It. Was. Amazing.

For those who don't know, My Book Therapy is a writing craft group led by multipublished author Susan May Warren, who I cannot speak more highly of. Seriously. This lady just helped me so much. She's an amazing example of God's love and light, and a really good author too.

Me and Susie. Best. Writing Coach. Ever.
I got to see my writing buddies Gabrielle Meyer and Melissa Tagg (Mel is my critique partner). Gabe drove an hour out of her way to come and get me at the airport. She rocks!

I just got to spend time with them both at the writers conference I attended last month, but I admit...knowing this retreat was coming allowed me to not go into COMPLETE withdrawal after the awesomeness that was ACFW.

Sweetest friend and double-time roomie, Gabe!
My awesome CP and me. Her hair kept blowing in my face. LOL.
I specifically got some really fabulous advice on scene writing and Susie worked with me a little to brainstorm the next book in the series I'm planning. We even wrote a scene the last night and read it aloud yesterday morning. Susie gave us feedback right then and there.

All in all, a great weekend.

And now, I might REALLY go into withdrawal.

So to cheer myself up, I'm going to announce the winner of the Susan Meissner giveaway...

Sarah Forgrave!

Congrats, Sarah! I'll send you an email asking for your address.

Your Turn: What did you do this weekend?

30 comments:

  1. I saw the new Alex Cross movie which was fab!

    Glad you guys had a great time! :)

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    1. I love going to the movies. It's just so darn expensive!

      Wish you'd been there.

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  2. LindsAy, so glad Storycrafters was everything and more that you hoped it would be. SC changed my writing for the better.

    This weekend was spend relaxing, worshipping, laughing and writing.

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    1. It definitely is going to change mine too. I just feel like I got a lot of awesome tools to equip me for scene writing.

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  3. I just left Melissa's blog - looks like it was an awesome time. Thanks for sharing. So important to have writing buddies!

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    1. I don't know what I'd do without my writer friends. Hope we get to meet someday soon!

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  4. Sounds like so much fun, Lindsay! No withdrawals now, go and write! ;)

    I stacked wood with hubby and went for a few hikes with my family--perfect fall weekend!

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    1. Yeah, I guess I should focus on what I CAN do (write) instead of what I can't (hang out all the time with writer friends). Good advice. ;)

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  5. I'm getting jealous seeing all these awesome pics! LOL So glad you had a wonderful time. :-)
    This weekend was packed for me. Nephew's birthday, then traveled to see a new niece and then went to a jazz festival which was SO much fun. :-)
    Sunday was nursery duty and then hanging at home for some rest. lol

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    1. Wow, you were busy, busy! I hope we get to meet sometime soon.

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  6. So glad you had such a wonderful time! I made pumpkin bread, pie, and muffins (yeah, we had a lot of pumpkin to use) and we carved and decorated pumpkins with family. Lot of pumpkin stuff going on :)

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  7. Ahhh, I wish the weekend wasn't over. And, I'm pretty sure you already know what I did this weekend. Hehe!

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    1. Yep! You stayed awake late with me...and Susie taught you about football. Oh yeah, and you got to visit your PUBLISHER!! So cool.

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  8. It looks like soooo much fun. I had a book signing with a dozen awesome authors. That was a blast.

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    1. How neat, Julie!! Do you have pics up on Facebook? I'll have to check them out if so.

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  9. So glad you had a great weekend and experience!

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    1. Thanks, TC. I would highly recommend My Book Therapy. It's such a great organization.

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  10. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time, Lindsay!

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    1. Me too, Keli! Can't wait to chat with you soon.

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  11. Yay! It was so much fun and I'd go even further out of my way for you anytime, Lindsay. :) I'm kind of happy I have my "deadline" to concentrate on, or I would be in withdrawl, too. Hopefully we'll see each other in Feb. and then in June!!

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    1. Yay for seeing each other again! I'm not totally sure about February since it might be snowing up north...and you know how me and snow get along, especially if I have to drive in it. Hehe. But I want to see you!!!

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  12. Didn't I see that photo somewhere else ... wait! It was over at Melissa's blog!
    ;)
    So glad you had such a good time (told you that you would!! And no, I'm not saying "told you so." Not really.)
    What did I do this weekend? Well, while I was in Estes Park, I prayed for y'all at SC -- that you would be blessed and encouraged.
    And God answered!

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    1. Yeah, Mel stole it from me! LOL.

      And it's okay. You can go ahead and say, "I told you so." Cuz you did. And it's why I decided to go. And I can't say THANK YOU enough.

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  13. Lindsay,
    It was great visiting with you and Gabe this weekend. We had so much fun...just wish it was longer. :)

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    1. I know, and how did we NOT get a picture together? I guess cuz you were busy being Ms. Coordinator Extradonaire! :)

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  14. Glad you had such a great time. No, really. I am. :0)

    I was with Julie at the giant booksigning on Saturday. It was like a mini ACFW reunion. So fun!

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  15. Great pictures, Lindsay! I wish I had long arms like you. :)

    And I know what you mean about avoiding withdrawal after ACFW. I had an agency retreat a couple weeks ago, so now the complete withdrawal begins. (I'm self-prescribing lots of coffee and chocolate.) ;)

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