This past weekend I went on a writing retreat with some YA and MG writer friends to Dublin, Ohio. I highly advise the occasional writing retreat as a way to get away from it all and get a lot of work done. Though the nightly calls to my kids and their crying was a heart-tugger. My writing pals remind me that the kids do this EVERY time we go on a retreat. Yet they're always just fine and enjoy their Daddy time and all the treats and movies and fun that come with that.
I got a lot of writing done over the weekend-- the first two chapter of a new middle grade and some editing on my new YA coming out at the end of October. There will be a cover reveal for that book in the coming days so stay tuned. And I also listened to two audio books on the drive- John Green's Fault in Our Stars and Gayle Forman's If I Stay. Both were really good though I think I'd advise not driving while listening to the John Green one since my eyes kept tearing up at all the sad bits.
Now that I'm back I'm realizing that summer is winding down and I have to get all the fun last minute swims and walks and day trips with the kids in before school starts up again in three weeks and the madness of four kids in activities hits us again. I'll miss our lazy days. I am happy we're all settled in our new house though and that they'll all be together in one school this year- hurrah for that! And with a return of the school year comes the return of my writing schedule. :-)