by Kim Van Sickler, Kathy Wiechman, Melissa Kline, and Jon Egan
This past week, four Swaggers gathered at Lake Arrowhead, to work on our writing craft. We wish more Swaggers could have made the trip to Jon’s writing mecca in California, but those that made it are thankful about what we’ve accomplished in our five days together.
Kim’s thankful for the gang brainstorming on her chapter synopses of Muleskinner, helping her to strengthen the plot.
Melissa’s thankful for the gang helping her break through writer block on her sequel to My Beginning, so she sees the potential in her story. She's excited about the new possibilities.
Kathy’s thankful for the gang helping her clear up loose threads on her unfinished civil war saga, Like a River, so she can write the ending.
And Jon, dear Jon, is thankful that Melissa stopped drinking after two vodka and cranberry juices, that we left all the whiskey for him, and that his fellow Swaggers inspired him to finish and query his memoir, Invisible Stitches.
|We travel west this year for the Swagger reunion.|
|Kim and Kathy make friends.|
|Boat ride on Lake Arrowhead|
|Melissa tries Vegemite for the first (and last) time.|
|Jon and Melissa on KP duty.|
|Loved these Manzanita trees!|
|Our wonderful accommodations.|
|Lake Arrowhead during boat ride.|
|Lake Arrowhead during a hike.|
|One of Lake Arrowhead's stunning homes. Features a 22-car garage with a turntable for the cars. For sale. Only $9.5 million.|
|Many of our evening sessions took place on the cozy first floor.|
|Waiting for our boat.|
|Melissa storyboarding My Beginning Part II|
|Kim and Jon.|
|Kim reviewing a first draft of Muleskinner.|
|Kim and Melissa during a lake hike.|
|Jon and Melissa.|