Writing retreat: Retrospect

Well, I’m back home again. I had a delight­ful time up at the cab­in. I got about 6500 new words writ­ten in The Shad­ow Cru­sade, which does­n’t include the 4500-word out­line that I ham­mered out (which espe­cial­ly tar­gets the endgame of the nov­el). That should hope­ful­ly help me focus in on the sto­ry, and avoid my unfor­tu­nate habit of noodling.

I can almost hear my wife’s voice now: Write faster, Johan­neson! (With a tip o’ the hat to Michael Swan­wick and his wife Mar­i­anne Porter, of course.)

Next week: Back to work. (The day job, that is.) No vaca­tion is ever long enough, espe­cial­ly when viewed in the rear-view mirror.

Thanks a mil­lion, E&K, for the use of the cabin.


Check out the pho­tos I took on my week off.