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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.

Assorted photos...

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The Rainforest Village itself, including the rather amusing little sign in my bathroom which appears to be a form of poetry addressing the operation of the jacuzzi

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Me walking on Lake Quinalt, then menacing lmarley through the window of the lounge

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The krewe assembling for the farewell photo

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From the drive home, a derelict bookmobile, and self-portrait at 70 mph

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Tags: conventions, northwest, personal, photos, travel
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