Writer's Retreat


Best trip ever.

OBSRVTNS: October 26th, 2015

The Stanley Inn

I’m writing this in the airport. I’m the victim of a two hour delay, these always seem worse at the end of trips, at night, when you’re just dying to get back home and slip into the creature comforts that make it all bearable. I’ve become zen about them though, they always seem to happen and truth be told, I always have work that needs to be done.

I didn’t get a lot of work done at my writer’s retreat this week, at least not the writing part. I was too busy being stimulated by the environment and the people, listening to other writers and authors talk about craft, character building, just about everything. It wasn’t so much the particulars, but the gestalt of the thing that really got me going. I was able to crack some stuff with the characters in my novel that had been giving me some grief and holding up the whole process in general. With that out of the way I quickly talked myself into yet another writing project with a dear colleague.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is the hotel that Stephen King stayed at that inspired his book The Shining. Since that movie was committed to film by Kubrick, it has become something of a cottage industry at the hotel. I did go on a ghost tour and try my darndest to have a spooky experience while I was there, but I think the Stanley has to be the least haunted place I’ve ever been. Aside from a general sense of unsettlement that took over both me and Daniel Knauf, the compatriot I took the sojourn with. He too, seemed unable to get his wits fully about him.

I did spend a lot of time exploring the natural beauty of the place and like I said was able to make great strides with my characters and the outline of the piece should be done by the end of the month, which will be a large hump in terms of the creation of the thing. Though I got more than one suggestion that I should turn the graphic novel simply into a longform door stopper of a novel. I was flattered when it was suggested I would loose too much good stuff in stripping down the format to fit a graphic novel.

Writing is a weird thing. It’s inspiring and stirring to talk about, but you have to be careful not to get too much of the story energy out before you have a blank page in front of you. Stories like to be done once they’re told I think.

Gaby Dunn Pt. 2!

This week on OBSERVATIONS with Sovereign Syre (http://ilovesov.com/category/observations) is part two of my talk with Gaby Dunn (twitter.com/GabbyDunn). We talk more about monogamy, polyamory and everything in between and go a deal into how our own upbringings shaped our expectations of relationships.

I love her. This was an amazing talk.