Russell Kirkpatrick's Journal
So my 'Writer's Retreat' blog is a day later than that of my fellow retreatees. I did have further to travel home. Well, it's an excuse.
So what am I missing?
• the teasing and outright side-splitting laughter
• golf in the early mornings with friendly people
• the gentle rolling hills
• time to write without other pressures.
I had a great time. Wasn't entirely perfect, but good enough that I'd seriously entertain doing it again. 20,000 words plus, strengthened friendships and some new insights into the writing process seems a profitable outcome for the investment. And the belly button singing was also instructional.
My thanks to my fellow retreatees, Gillian, Kylie, Donna, Paul and Trudi.
after seeing some of the difficulties involved, if ever I won a lot of money, I'd set up a dedicated writers retreat.
Belly button singing...? Oh for the fly on the wall video footage...
It wasn't so much singing as a greeting. And I wasn't even drunk. Except, perhaps, on laughter.
Well that's OK then, the mental image that involved Russell and belly buttons just shouldn't exist.
Wasn't my belly button, I can assure you. Time to wipe that image.
And yes, Sharyn, the same thought passed through my mind (actually, our house would be just about perfect as is).
What about my house?
I have the video footage and I'm keeping it....
It was very funny. Amazing how laughing about nothing in particular can be hilarious.
Harrow! set me to tears...
Harrow Donna. It was the best kind of laughter - part hilarity, part hysteria. I'd love to see the video - but not on YouTube!
How's Kylie doing?
I agree no Youtube! Kylie is doing okay, I think. I am sweating up a storm here in humid Brisbane. I can always replay the video clip of the talking belly button when she feels down.
Home to Canberra today!
Yawns. Blinks. Wakes up. Scowls as daughter laughs hysterically at another K spot appearing on the table, then
uses the term. Sighs at another spot appearing on dress.
A perfect retreat would have yurts. You know this, we've been through it a thousand times. Yurts with mountain and water views.
Though a retreat in Malaysia? Sounds brilliantlah!
Do yurts come with indoor plumbing??
I'd forgotten about the yurts. I hope they don't have indoor plumbing - imagine what could go wrong!
And heh for 'kyliespot' appearing in the vernacular.
A yurt with a loo in the middle...eek! Or maybe a yurt that spins around the occupants making them dizzier than usual...come to think of it flying saucers look like yurts...
OMG Donna! What were you drinking in Brisvegas? And did you bring some of it back?
Malaysia is very tempting. If only we knew someone who lives there - preferably a writer - and who has space enough.
And Kylie, why is Donna being dizzy a sign of her drinking? I mean, she's always dizzy. Though ... she's always drinking. OK, you may have a point.
Mr Kirkpatrick... casting aspersions and maligning Ms Donna's good name and character. Tsk tsk.
Terrible. After all, it's not as though anyone who posts on this blog is fair game. They'll be calling me He Who Must Not Be Named soon.
That's spooky... Just as I was reading this last post an ad for Harry Potter came on TV!!! OK, OK, it's a stretch to spooky, but I had nothing else!
Oh, did you want indoor plumbing? Hmmm, Not sure about that. I do have a 4 bedroom house (5 actually, but 5th is full of junk), complete with tree shrews, house geckos, civets, husband and the occasional monitor lizard. The civet and the monitor confine themselves to the ceiling. The rest think they own the place. Well, maybe one of them does, come to think about it...
I'm always dizz? So that's what the problem is. I was wondering. I didn't drink much in Brisvegas and what I did sample I left behind. We had chilled liqueur muscat...a nip. It was so hot I was completely zonked by it. I bought some red at the market. It wasn't crash hot so about a third went onto the lamb shanks I made. I drank only orange juice at the Aurealis Awards party. I remember saying stupid things to Stephanie Smith last year so avoided plonk all together. (mind you she says she doesn't recall)
Russ can malign me anytime he wants. I already call him, He who must not be named!
Glenda's house talks during the night! I know I was there...I heard it.
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