I'm leaving today for a cruise up the Inland Passage to Alaska. While I'm definitely on vacation and plan to take advantage of lots the cruise will offer, I am taking my laptop and planning to spend a few hours working on the new novel or writing poetry as I expect splendiferous scenery.
One of the things that getting an agent has done for me is validate my ability to write well and to tell stories, something even 5 years ago, I would have said I wasn't good at. Now I have encouragement to step fully into my writer self, and that means writing. Not talking about it or reading about it, but doing it. So while this won't be a writing retreat per se, I want writing to be so much a part of my life that I can't imagine travelling without a way to write.
And just in time to boost me further, my agent, so cool to be able to say that, sent me yesterday a list of the first 8 editors she plans to submit my book to. The publisher names were very familiar to me (big ones) but the editor names weren't. Then I looked them up on the web and saw that these are very heavy hitters, with substantial clients, including the editor for John Grisham. I'm thrilled that Andrea thinks my book is worth sending to these top-notch people.