Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Sisterhood

In June of 2014, Kirby Larson invited Augusta Scattergood, Susan Hill Long, and me to have a writing retreat at her beautiful vacation home in Washington state. We all jumped at the chance.

What a special time we had!

Here we are with Winston the Wonder Dog. (l to r): Kirby, Susan, Augusta and me

Writing all day.

Then critiquing (so important).

Then breaking to watch the sunset and drink a little wine.

And here's the coolest part:

All four of the manuscripts we were working on at that retreat were published this year!

What are the odds? Seriously.

Here they are: 

AND Augusta's book and my book are publishing on the SAME DAY (August 30).

What are the odds?

Here's the fun part: we call ourselves the Butterfly Sisters. Here's why (as I remember it....we might all have variations of the story).

In an early draft of WISH, I had a scene where the main character hurls some very harsh words at her friend. Harsh and sharp. I then wrote that she wished she could take those words back...scoop them up like butterflies in a net.

My brilliant peers pointed out to me that that metaphor didn't seem appropriate for gathering harsh, sharp words.

Dang it! They were right. 

But I loved that phrase so much I was determined to keep it. I just moved it to a more appropriate place.

So we had a running joke about butterflies.

And all four books have some sort of reference to butterflies. (Go read the books and see if you can find them.)

So there you have it. 

AND...this year Kirby invited us to have another retreat. BUT...Delta Airlines dealt me a lousy hand and cancelled my flight. So I couldn't go!!!

But we got together to critique the best we could:

Long Live the Sisterhood!


Kimberley Moran said...

I see what you did here: And all four books have some sort of reference to butterflies. (Go read the books and see if you can find it.) I've just ordered the other three. I already read your fabulous Wish. Smart, passionate women are the best.

Leslie Davis Guccione said...

How do I love this? Let me count the ways.

Sharon Creech said...

Wow and wow!

Augusta Scattergood said...

Such a great memory! 😍

Kirby Larson said...

Must be about time for the third annual retreat! Aren't we the lucky ones to have each other?

Ramesh Kumar said...

nice one

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

You do know I'm insanely jealous!!! And I love butterfly books - LOL. XOXO