My local face-to-face writers’ group has a yearly retreat, three days to write, hang out, play writing games, get silly, and write. This year, as we have the last two years, we rented a ski condo in Park City, Utah. Since it’s the off season, this particular condo is quite cheap. For ten people (yes, there are beds for that many) we paid around $50 apiece for three nights at the condo. Great fun!
Since September 14th was one of my scheduled rewrite days, I decided I’d work on the story I started on September 8th. I am having great fun with it, and wanted to complete it.
That didn’t happen. I got to over 10,000 words, and the story is still going on. Obviously, this is not going to be a short story. Even once I rewrite (I’ve already found a few scenes I can cut), it may still rest firmly in novella territory. Fine with me, as long as I actually finish it!
I discovered that, bad as my office chair is for my back, the ‘rustic’ chairs at the condo are worse. I swapped cushions in and out, trying thinner and thicker ones behind me. None of them were very good. Finally I just stretched out on the cool floor to let my back quit spasming. The small screen and keyboard of my netbook, coupled with the uncomfortable chair, made this a less productive writing day than I had hoped for.