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Tomorrow, I will head out about noon to drive four hours to an isolated place I've never been before to meet up with people—some of whom I know and some of whom I don't—to spend four nights and five days in a working retreat. There is no cell phone service. It is in a rainforest. The internet access is limited. My husband has already told me I need to ping him, in some manner, every day. He is a wee bit unnerved by the lack of easy connectivity. I'm am, too, but looking forward to it.

This is not the beginning of my newest horror story but a basic description of me getting ready to head out to the Rainforest Village Writers Retreat run annually by Patrick Swenson.

I know I'm not the first person to mention that this sort of thing is ripe for horror story pickings. I mean, come on, 30 writers with such a set up? I'm sure stories have been born from the setting in this writing retreat already. I won't be working on such a story. I've got a new book due in two months to write. I intend to get one heck of a jump start on it this coming retreat.



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Mar. 2nd, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Have fun :)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Keep your shoes on, don't run up the stairs and never, ever say 'I'll be right back'

I'm sure you'll have a great time. Good luck on getting your jump start.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Sound advice. :)
Mar. 2nd, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
Mar. 2nd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Have a great time.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
"It is in a rainforest."

Pictures! Pictures!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
Maybe. If I can find my camera.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
It's supposed to be an awesome place and a great experience. I plan to go, one of these days.

But if there is a suspicious sound, don't say "let's all split up and check it out"...

- yeff
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
I never willingly split up a party.
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Mar. 3rd, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
And the best part is, even if there was a killer on the loose and someone somehow got a phone call out, if the caller described the setting the police would think it is a prank....
Just remember the old rule, you don't have to be the fastest, you just have to be fast enuf to make someone else slower than you.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
I'll remember that.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Smoke signals and pigeons?

Maybe whispering to the trees?

Mar. 3rd, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
Wish I could go. Maybe next year. Meanwhile, do not invite handsome men you encounter in the woods to accompany you back to your cabin. Do not explore attics on your own--with or without candles. If you meet an old woman on a path and she asks for help be kind.

Have fun!
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