Nan Reinhardt, Author

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Day 18: Gratitude on Our Last Day of Retreat

September18
Our lunch view today

What a grand time this has been, although if you asked me to list all that we did, pretty much the list would be we wrote, we revised, we processed and brainstormed writing and revisions, and we ate. It wasn’t a touristy trip at all–we mostly stayed in our condo and did what we came up to do and for that, I’m very glad because yesterday around 6 pm, Liz shut her computer and said, “It’s finished” about her Christmas Town story. Today, sometime around 4 pm, I finally sent the revisions on Aidan and Holly’s book back to my editor. We did it! I’m so delighted to be celebrating our success that I’m going to pour another glass of wine and turn this over to Lizzie for a bit.

LIZ: It’s our last night on the road. We had a great dinner and came back to the condo to work on our presentation at the Logansport Library on Sunday afternoon. We’re talking about writing in retirement, and these past four days have been one of the best things about it. Not only do we get good friendship time, we get great writing time, too. And a considerable amount of great food!

Nan: So, the food thing; Yeah. So many great restaurants on this trip and even a couple of fun nights just snacking around here in our temporary home. We’ve had fish tacos, a new take on BLTs, amazing salads, corn chowder, tomato basil soup, and did I mention some good wine? There was also ice cream and fudge because after all this is Michigan. But it was all served against the backdrop of the lake, which somehow makes everything taste better.

Grand Haven lighthouse

Liz: I’ve loved this trip, as I always do, but I also miss the music guy. I’ll be glad to see him. He doesn’t listen as well as Nan, but I’ll be glad to talk to him face-to-face anyway. I also love that it’s been productive, that we’ve both finished projects we needed to put behind us so we can go on to other things.

Nan: I know what you mean, Liz. I’ve missed the beardy man and it’s so good to get book 3 put to bed, so I can start on book 4 and focus on my editing gigs. I’m also ready to get really serious about the house hunting…

Liz: Looking forward to our next trip, Nan. Do you think P.E.I is ready for us?

Nan: Well, I think P.E.I better start girding its collective loins because this winter, we’re going to plan our next exciting writing adventure! Thanks everyone who came along on this one! Sure enjoyed having you with us!

We’re headed home tomorrow–all of you, remember to be hold your face to the sun, be grateful for all things, and love well.

~Nan~ & ~Liz~

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