That would me. Last Friday I packed a lunch, my laptop and my work-in-progress, and ran away from home.

This is where I went.

To my friends’ house. Make that cottage. This charming little cottage is in their back yard. I have fallen in love with it, and now I’m convinced that every home needs a cottage. It’s a perfect place for an author—or anyone, for that matter—to escape to. Comfy, cosy and no distractions.

Except the garden. A perfect place to take a break and admire the flower and birds. I was particularly intrigued by the antics of a male hummingbird, who feasted on flower nectar and intermittently flew loop-the-loops over the yard. He only weighed a few ounces, and yet I was a little intimidated.

In spite of some periodic birdwatching, I revised, wrote, and revised some more. Forty pages in all, and it felt wonderful to have such a productive day. I’m getting close to “the end” now, and this was just the impetus I needed to press on.

On Saturday afternoon I teamed up with my good friend and critique partner, Rachel Goldsworthy, to present a writers’ workshop on blogging. It was a lot of fun, we received some wonderful feedback, and we hope to have a chance to do it again.

Until next time,
Lee

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"Running away from home" sounds like fun. I am such a stick-in-the mud, I find it impossible to write or revise unless I'm in my space at home.

Glad you are working hard on revisions. I loved your first two books and look forward to more from you.

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Lee

what a quaint little cottage–I would love a writing space like that! Lucky you–you get to use that cute cottage from time to time.

Marin
http://www.marinthomas.com

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What an excellent idea. No distractions, like chores etc.

Sounds like your time was very productive.

Jodie Esch

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Anita, I love to sneak off and work away from home. Two of my favorite haunts are described on http://www.leemckenzie.com/bio.html“ rel=”nofollow”>my website.

I'm so glad you enjoyed my first two books. It's wonderful to feel well enough to finally be writing again.

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Marin, I'd really love to have a little cottage in my backyard. Since that's not likely to happen, I'm very lucky to have friends who have one.

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LOL, Jodie! Chores can certainly be a distraction. Not so much because I procrastinate, but because I start feeling guilty for not doing them.

Hm.

Maybe I need a cottage AND housekeeper…

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