March 25th, 2007

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I'm back from the Rainforest. A report a bit later, and some photos. I cooked Tibetan food, got snockered on blackstrap molasses rum, walked on water, was subjected to a mass attack of Jay Lake fanfic...all in all, a great weekend.

In other news, I received approximately 1,400 spams and 120 legitimate emails in the 72 hours I was offline. One of them was an acceptance for a reprint sale, which is nice.

Also, Faith J. Cormier of the The Green Man Review comments on Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ].
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Rainforest Writers Report

I'm officially back from the 2007 of the Rainforest Writers Village retreat at Lake Quinalt, WA. I drove up Thursday afternoon, back this afternoon, mostly back roads in western Washington State. Google Maps ] It rained almost the entire time I was there (in a rain forest, imagine...) -- something like 9 inches over the course of the weekend. tbclone47 and honnababy were the hosts, while the writers in residence were myself, Barb and J.C. Hendee and Susan R. Matthews. A bunch of folks were there, including LJ'ers lmarley, davidlevine and kateyule, lisamantchev, newroticgirl, robvagle and a whole bunch of others whose LJ handles have either slipped my mind or weren't known to me. About 30 people total, I believe.

We spent Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon living in rustic cabinettes, eating lots of food (including momos prepared by me Friday night with an able assist from lisamantchev and a cast of dozen), having occasional formal sessions, multiple writing times and some good old fashioned partying. Blackstrap molasses rum will not be mentioned further. I saw a bald eagle and an otter, neither of which I was able to photograph, got a bunch of work done on Madness of Flowers, and generally had an excellent time. Also, pretty much everyone else involved managed to do a Jay Lake fan-fic, exquisite corpse style. I believe lmarley has threatened to post it on her LJ.

I'm sure I've left a lot out, but it was big fun and very productive. I highly recommend this conference if you're looking at things to do next year.

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