Imagine 72 hours to do nothing but write as much as you like. Heaven!! You could take time out to eat and sleep if you wanted/needed to. Meals were provided and prepared by and the lovely den mother Mieke, who even did our dishes afterwards (and didn't kick me out on the first day when I spilled my coffee).
On top of it all is knowing that while you’re there writing you're raising money for the YMCA Literacy Services. This will allow you to feel fine about ignoring your family for the whole time (because you get up before they do and you come home after they’re all in bed--heh heh. Thank you, family, for being so amazing and understanding.). And thank you so much to my sponsors. I'll be sending you individual thank you letters. All together the writers this year raised an astounding $14,572.50 last I heard.!!
For someone who writes at home in the (mostly) quiet it was scary to think about writing in a crowded room. But with the help of my iPod and some playlists it worked out just fine. I was focussed when I wanted to be and distracted when I wanted to be.
|View beyond my keyboard|
|(LtoR) Kimberley Ann Sparks, Cheryl Cooper, Sharon Ledwith, Lena Coakley, Lori Twining|
I didn’t submit my manuscript to the judges for the contest portion. Walking away with a huge chunk of a draft completed and a workable outline was reward enough for me. Thanks to Karen Wehrstein and Paula Boon and Dawn Huddlestone for all their work organizing the marathon. Check out the storify of the mnm Dawn put together: http://storify.com/MuskokaNovel/mnm-2012
Most memorable moments:
- Anne Millyard dropped in!
- Creme brulee from Spencer's Tall Trees--I went back for seconds
- Watching Sandra act out being very pregnant (thanks to a well placed pillow) and getting down to and up from the floor so Susan could see how that action would play out.
- The guy who stuck his head into a quiet room of writers writing and announced "It was a dark and stormy night--There, start with that." Groan. He was chased down for a donation.
- The three cats I narrowly avoided hitting on three separate drives to/from the marathon.
- Realizing it's truly astounding how many times some people stir their coffee before drinking it.
- The slurping, gushing noises of Karen's green tea thermos which she could not hear thanks to her noise cancelling headphones.
And some other random shots:
|They provided all the essentials--earplugs, ibuprofen, antacids, bookmarks, and popcorn!|
|We all donated to the marathon to thank Mieke (in red) for looking after us all weekend|
|What a goody bag! Loved the pipe cleaners and playdough.|
|Susan decorated my water bottle and christened it "Swamp Water"|
|Look at all those 10 page milestones people had!|