Right off, let me apologize for the technical difficulties last Tuesday--we came home from the lake and our Internet connection had disappeared. Go figure. Husband did a bunch of stuff that I confess was beyond me and we finally ended up calling in the experts at our ISP. The fixed it and gave us some hints to keep it from happening again, so we are all good now. Funny how my stomach dropped to my socks when we couldn't get on the Internet--I really saw how dependent I am on technology and I'm not sure I'm happy about that.
It was demonstrated to me again this past weekend at the writer's retreat Liz and I went to at Bradford Woods. The Manor House where we stayed had WiFi, but with twenty-one people trying to get on at the same time, it was choking now and again. A couple of times, I connected with my phone's hot spot, but honestly, I really tried not to worry about whether or not I could get online--it just didn't seem all that important or necessary.
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The Retreat itself was enjoyable and I'm not saying that because Liz and I were in charge, honest! The weekend was simply laid-back fun--a group of writers hanging out together, eating and talking and writing and commiserating and celebrating. Each evening, we all gathered in the living room around a crackling fire and shared troublesome plot problems, heartbreaking rejections, and dreams for the future.
All in all, the 2016 Retreat was a success and Liz and I were pleased everyone enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to next year's Retreat. Have a great Tuesday, everyone, and hey, just out of curiosity, where do you want to be in your writing career five years from now?