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#Writing Retreat Success

IMG_9043How successful was the writing retreat? There are lots of ways to measure. For instance, over 8 days in Mallorca I…

-relaxed by the pool for 40 minutes

-spent 2 hours eating out

-took 3 hours to shop (including grocery trips)

What I didn’t do was walk in the sand, write blogs, take care of my children who were home with dad (Thank You, Darling!), visit social media, or cook (Thank You, Writing Buddy!).

You can see why I’m not sure how to answer people who ask me about my “vacation” since that’s not really what it was. The better measures include:

-friend and I both finished first rough drafts of novels

-26,870 words

– encouraged each other to keep after it

Now we’re ready for the re-writes to begin.

–Kristin

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Posted by on July 6, 2016 in On Writing

 

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CIA Fresh?

Palma Airport, Mallorca, Spain ©Kristin King

Palma Airport, Mallorca, Spain ©Kristin King

(Spotted in the Palma Airport, Mallorca, Spain)

What is CIA Fresh?

Do we really want the CIA to be fresh?

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in Brings a Smile, Travel

 

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Majorca Mallorca Mine

Majorca Mallorca Mine
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The view I refuse to let distract me…much. Photo ©Kristin King

I knew almost nothing about Marjorca (i.e. Mallorca) when I landed there for my writers retreat. I was “all about the writing, the writing, no vacation..” Even so, I couldn’t help wanting to put part of my experience there in words.

Majorca is an island in the Mediterranean belonging to Spain but with Roman influences. To me, it is reminiscent of the great Southwest in the United States: dry heat, agave, lightly shrubbed mountainous terrain, pear cacti and aloe vera growing wild. Imagine chopping a 1400 sq. mile portion of northern New Mexico out with a dull butcher knife and dropping it into aquamarine and sapphire seas.

Pink and white blooming acacia lines the highway as we drive from Palma on one side of the island to Peurto Pollensa on the other. This plant and much of the high desert flora reminds my host

Scrub-bushed mountains as seen on the east side of Puerto Pollensa Photo ©KristinKing

Scrub-bushed mountains as seen on the east side of Puerto Pollensa
Photo ©Kristin King

of where she grew up in California. To her, Mallorca feels like home with a lower cost of living and no property taxes; probably two reasons she and her husband have purchased a fabulously situated flat here. At market the Acacia honey is often the lightest, clearest option among the widest range of colors I’ve ever seen for one small location. On Mallorca the trees lining the streets are often spreading pines, from which the bees make the darkest honey like molasses in appearance and strength of taste. (More on the Markets in another blog)

I discovered Majorca is a good place for a writer and a writing retreat. According to Wikipedia: “George Sand, at that time in a relationship with Chopin, described her stay in Majorca in A Winter in Majorca, published in 1855…” and “Agatha Christie visited the island in the early 20th century and stayed in Palma and Port de Pollença.[28] She would later write the book Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories, a collection of short stories, of which the first one takes place in Port de Pollença, starring Parker Pyne.

Puerto Pollensa you say? Right where my host lives – the view I take in morning and night!

Mallorca by night. Photo © Kristin King

Mallorca by night. Photo © Kristin King

I’m not here for the sights, the water, the sun, markets or food, though. I am here to write, and all the rest are welcome only during small breaks. Otherwise they distract. Let’s face it, waking to the view, the tantalizing 10 minute walk to crystal waters is a distraction. I refrain, only going twice in 10 days to squish the larger-grained wet sand through my toes. This sand reminds me of creme-of-wheat with its round texture felt rolling against the skin on the sides of my feet.
So what if I can’t fit everything in on my work-a-tion.

There’s always next time.

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Kristin King is an author, mother of four, and US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven.”

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2015 in Travel

 

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