Bits And Pieces ….by Susan Lute
I bring you this post from Silverton, Oregon, where I’m on a writer’s retreat. More on that later. This week during my blog crawl, at Write It Forward, Jen Talley posted an interesting piece on CreateSpace and Lightning Source (LSI), Why Is Cool Gus Publishing Switching from Lightning Source to CreateSpace? Nice comparison of both services, and a good resource when making up your mind which one would best suite your needs.
On to this weekend’s retreat. We’re staying at the Silverton Inn & Suites. Seven of us made it. The weatherman promised sunshine in the mid to upper 70’s, which always turns into 80. It’s raining heavily this morning. That’s typical Oregon. Gotta love it, or move to New Mexico or Colorado. Silverton is what we call, in the valley. A small, picturesque town full of early architectural homes, it’s an absolute joy to walk in. Maybe not this morning. We’ll see.
There’s no rhyme or reason to how a retreat is organized. Each group of writers do it differently. We pick a date (the hardest part), decide who is doing what food. Make a completely fluid agenda – all by email. We had a request this time. No M & Ms, please. Some of us are still in mourning, but the humus and salmon dip have been fabulous. We had a little competition going. Three of us were this (see my fingers pinched together) close to finishing. I didn’t finish first, but I did finish the project. Five of us are partnering in an anthology. The unveiling will be soon. Look for that.
Sad news this week. We lost a great talent. At 71, author, screenwriter, and director Nora Ephron leaves behind many broken hearts, and a body of work that is incomparable. We will always remember her for Heartburn, When Sally Met Harry, Julie And Julia, Sleepless In Seattle, Silkwood, just to mention a few. For so many years my secret wish was to have Nora Ephron direct the screenplay of The London Affair (which I have only started). I didn’t know her, but she was a shining example of how to move through life with passion and purpose. I will miss her.
Books I finished: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst, Season For Love by Marie Force.
Books I’m reading: The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts, The Digital Writer’s Guide To Twitter by Sean Platt & Tracy O’Connor.
New books on my bookshelf: Forever And A Day by Delilah Marvelle
What is your favorite Nora Ephron film? What are you reading this week?
Posted on July 1, 2012, in General and tagged anthology, bits and pieces, Cool Gus Publishing, CreateSpace, Jen Tally, Lightning Source, Nora Ephron, See Jane Publish, Silverton Inn & Suites, Silverton Oregon, Susan Lute, The London Affair, Write It Forward, writers retreat. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.