A couple of years ago I was invited to join a writer's group. It's filled with amazing women and I truly have no idea how I fit in, but I sure as heck am not complaining.
The group is Western Women in the Arts. It consists of all kinds of women artists - painters, sculptors, writers, and musicians. Since I've joined it has focused mostly on the writing aspect.
For the past couple of years I have been surrounded by some of the most humbling talent once a month. They have taken me in and I am fortunate to be able to benefit from that talent as well as many accumulated years of experience in their respective fields.
Today, I am attending my first ever writer's retreat with these women. We will be bringing wine, chocolate, chips, dip, and lots of other snacks. We will be treated to a special dinner, then we will retire to other rooms of the bed and breakfast to visit.
I'm excited for this experience, but it very well might be my first night away from my entire family, ever. I've been thinking back and am not able to remember a time in which I was away from all of my kids and my husband at the same time. I have not been alone, not even once, since I had kids over fourteen years ago.
I don't know if I'll get much time to write. I think the environment would be great for it. However, I feel compelled to pick these women's brains every time we are in the same room.
We will be staying at Coyote Blues here in the Black Hills. If you're interested in seeing where we'll be staying, you can check out their website: http://www.coyotebluesvillage.com/
Be warned - the website has an automatic song that plays. It always startles me when I first click on the site. You can avoid that by quickly scrolling to the bottom of the home page and shutting off the music as it loads up.