The fourth day of the retreat was a bit different from the others. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, it was a “free” day. There were no evening readings scheduled, so people could hang out at the house and write or go into Gatlinburg, or basically do whatever they wanted. There was no expectation that we would produce new content, though there certainly was nothing stopping anyone who wanted to work.
After I published yesterday’s post, my relative lack of sleep for the past several days caught up with me, and I snuck in a much-needed nap. After that, I got to work, and while I have yet to repeat Monday’s 5,000 words plus output, I was happy with the chapter I wrote. I finished with 1,986 words for the day, all of them for the new book. I didn’t work on the ghost story at all. It was warm enough outside that I worked for a long time on the balcony outside the dining room, at least as long as my laptop battery held out. It may theoretically be possible to grow tired of that view, but I don’t think it’s likely.
A bunch of us last night played a board game developed by our own Alex White. It’s based in the world of micro-breweries, something dear to the hearts of many of us. We had a good time, and I’m looking forward to the announcement that he has copies for sale. Alex is a fine writer, musician, artist, and now apparently a fine game designer. My jealousy knows no bounds. I’m thinking that we should ask him to create architect’s drawings for a cabin to host next year’s retreat, and possibly oversee the construction as well.
Lauren arrived late last night! And Stephen is due back around mid-day! The circle isn’t quite complete, because Mur had to get back to her family yesterday, but it’s 95 percent there.
The big question for me on day 5 is whether or not I will kill off one of my characters, and, if so, how exactly I will snuff him. I may have an answer for you in tomorrow’s post. Or not.