Hideaway Blues

Last weekend, I got go to my hideaway with friends, including one of my besties, which totally explains why it’s been so quiet around here.

No computer access from Thursday to Sunday. The spammers had fun without me. They pelted my blog with 162 spam messages. Don’t these people have something better to do–like scrapbook?

We didn’t hang out in our fuzzy socks all weekend. We were busy scrapbooking.

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Truthfully, I scrapbooked Thursday night and Friday morning. Yep, that was it. It used to be that I’d be the last one up late into the night. My theory was that I needed to use every waking moment to get as much scrapbooking done as possible. A few years ago, I decided that my time was better spent writing at these retreats, so now the albums are sadly neglected.

I’m still the last one to go to bed, but I’m writing, not scrapping, and people in other groups ask me what I’m doing, and I tell them I’m writing a book, and they look at me like I’ve grown a second head. LOL. I love that look. It makes me laugh.

But we don’t sit on our butts the entire weekend, watching Twilight Saga movies (the making-of extras were very entertaining), wishing The Avengers movie had actually been in the DVD case, or singing during the bar scene on 27 Dresses.

We got up early everyday and walked for a couple of miles. Yes, rather than sleep late (my preference), we walked before it got too hot. This is Texas and August, and it’s 90 degrees by 10 a.m. No way were we gonna walk later than that.

Here were our constant companions every morning on our walks:Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do Windows

And, yes, out in the country, people really do let their dogs run free. Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do Windows

And some people do have horses in their backyards.

Oh and we saw this really cool momma spider walking across the road: Diana Beebe's Blog, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasy, Mermaids Don't Do Windows

She had baby spiders crawling all over her. I was happy that I could look at her in nature and not in the house. *shiver*

What? My productivity for the weekend? You mean you expected me to do something besides chat and watch movies?

  • My girls’ portrait photo albums are up-to-date. (Do not ask me how far behind I am in the rest of the family photos. I won’t give you a straight answer. Mostly, because I don’t know anymore. 😀 )
  • Read and absorbed 3 lectures from Margie Lawson’s Empowering Characters’ Emotions lecture packet. I’m very excited about picking apart my last two books and fixing them.
  • Finished the plot outline for my new book. It’s a lot darker than I thought it was going to be, so I have to decide if it’s middle grade or older. This is huge, because I’m a pantster, by the way. Maybe I should repeat it: I plotted.
  • Finished the character sketches for my antagonists and a few of the minor characters.

A very productive weekend. With fuzzy socks and friends (and no cleaning, laundry, cooking, or dishes): Priceless.

Where’s your favorite weekend getaway? Where do you wish you could go? What would you do if you saw a giant spider like that?

17 comments on… “Hideaway Blues”

  1. I love this post! Love the pic with the spider and like you, I wouldn’t want it in my house! I love weekends or nights out with friends. I love to scrapbook and am WAY behind on my son’s college one. He does’t care about it but you know, it’s a mom thing! 🙂
    You really inspired me to plan one of my own. I have the perfect home for it too. I don’t have to go away, I just need my hubby to leave! LOL

    • Diana Beebe

      It is a mom thing, sometimes, but my girls love to look at the albums. One of these days, they can take over.

      LOL–“I just need my hubby to leave!” I love it! He could have his own weekend away. Where can you send him? 😉

  2. Yay! I’m glad to hear you got your plot worked out. Still working on mine. My outlines are more like a synopsis that goes into Goal/Confict/Disaster or Reaction/Dilema/Decsion for each scene. I’m well into Act 2 and almost to Act 3 with it. I’ll be done soon. Good luck! I hope the plot helps.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Ryan! I like the way you’re plotting. I bet that fleshes out more of the story. I may have to try that. Good luck with the rest of your plotting!

  3. I love the Hideaway and I am ready to go back! Actually I didn’t want to leave – it is even more wonderful than it sounds. Coming back to reality is hard! I came back to work, a house in desperate need of cleaning, a dead snake, and a visit from my husband’s boss. When the boss arrived the house was lightly cleaned, but the dead snake was still on the back porch – ugh! I’m not cleaning that up! I don’t do windows – or dead snakes :). On top of all that the septic system is on the fritz. Hubby said no extraneous water usage is allowed. Kids are loving the every other day shower rule (for them not for me)! Swimming will get most of the grim off until shower day. I am hating the no bath rule! I do like the no laundry rule – that is until there are no clean clothes left. Too bad tax free shopping was last weekend :). Life was easier when we didn’t own a home!

    There has got to be a new post in there somewhere 🙂

    • Diana Beebe

      *Checking my calendar…* No, seriously, let’s check the dates, because I’m ready to go back, too. I’m sorry to hear about your water and dead snake troubles. I think getting the bathtub back (OK, fine, and the clean clothes) is more important than the dead snake (ewwww, it’s still there from Sunday?).

      Life was easier before we owned houses (and had kids). 🙂

  4. Fun post! Where it TX do you retreat to? I’m always thinking of retreating, but it is usually to the “rear,” if I could just figure out where the rear is (anything NOT attached to me! LOL). If it wasn’t obvious I needed a retreat, it should by now…

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL. I love retreating to a little place in Gunter, TX–1.5 hours north of Dallas. A couple of my friends own it, so I am partial. 😉 I’ve been to other places that offer similar setups, but Sisters’ Hideaway does everything right. http://www.thesistershideaway.com/

  5. What an awesome weekend! I love the fuzzy socks, the dogs, horses, all of it except the mama spider. Eeesh. What would I have done? Ran screaming like a little girl. Yes, even in nature they freak me out. I think my happy place is still Disneyland. Although, I’ve been contemplating places I can go to have a mini-retreat with my novel. Maybe Big Bear. Thanks for sharing your weekend with us! Good luck on that darker book, sounds intriguing. Oh, and I totally get you about the plotting thing. Same here.

    • Diana Beebe

      That spider was the weirdest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Did I mention that she was huge? I would have reacted much different if I saw her in the house. bleh.

      You should find a place you can retreat with your book. I think Disneylandmightbe too distracting, but a great place to people watch. 🙂

  6. Oh my. I never heard of scrapbooking. I’ve heard of scrapbooks. But they are something that someone else has done. I will say (in my defense) that when i inherited a suitcase full of old photos from my grandmother I actually DID put them into five albums, and in chronological order to boot. Does that count?
    But a weekend away, with best friends, where time can be relative, and where chores and responsibilities take a back seat, now THAT I know. You did giggle, too, I hope. It’s heaven.
    I’m on such a weekend right now, with my best friend (to whom I also happen to be married) up in Ontario. Phone turned off, but I took a few minutes while he’s out and about to log on here at the hotel. So glad I did. Great post, Diana. thanks.
    Back to the real world on Monday.

    • Diana Beebe

      I would say putting the old pictures in albums counts! If you added any notes, then it definitely counts. There is scrapbooking and there is scrapbooking. I do the first kind that involves colored paper, titles, and some journaling notes. Other people use all kinds of doodads, inks, stamps, and embellishments–works of art! I don’t have the patience for that. One of these days, I’m going to move to digital scrapbooks, so I can upload my digital pictures and get an album printed.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Entertaining post, Diana. I love the pic of the spider, and I agree, it is much nicer outside in nature. I’ve just spent the weekend in the company of 300-odd romance writers (that’s *about* 300, not 300 *strange* writers), talking about everything from the feminist perspective of romance to the next big hit in paranormal. I learned that I’m not the right person to do a PhD in writing, and I’d quite like to write a cursed basilisk hero. I also connected with many writers that I’ve only known online until now, and cemented relationships begun at previous conferences. I need a week to recover, but I’m already looking forward to next year.

    • Diana Beebe

      Well, they might all be odd. 😉 It sounds like you had fabulous time, but were you planning to do a PhD in writing? I can’t wait to hear more of this cursed basilisk hero. Conferences are wonderful for connecting with people we know online.

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