I had a lovely long weekend at Porches where I restructured the opening 20 pages of my novel and also enjoyed the company of a friend from high school who is also a writer. I think the sheer number of stories we told over meals held the space for the work which was in some ways difficult but oh so much fun once I dug into it. I came home with the new 20-page opening and a wonderful reconnection. Already looking at doing this again.
As usual Porches Writing Retreat was amazing. The above sunset over the little church off the upper porch is just one nourishing scene I witnessed. It is so beautiful there and so quiet. (Not in the kitchen at breakfast and dinner though! But we were the only writers there so we didn't even have to close the kitchen doors.)