Monday, July 30, 2012

Winners!!! Plus a CP retreat

The winner of THE DIVINERS is:

Kathryn Purdie!

And the winner of THRONE OF GLASS is:

Sophia Chang!

Yaaayyyyy *throws confetti*

Thanks to everyone who entered! I'll be emailing the winners shortly to get their addresses. Imma have another giveaway later this week, so stay tuned!

This past weekend, my critique partners and I rented a room at the Alta Lodge so that we could have some undisturbed writing time. Although I didn't get much done on my own story, we spent a bunch of hours working through Melanie's plot and helping her brainstorm ideas for her characters and world building. By the end of the retreat, Melanie had an entire outline written up for her new story. She came so far this weekend and I'm super excited to see the finished product!

Our room

View from our room

Not only was it nice to get away for a while, especially in mountains where it's mercifully cool, but I feel like our retreat helped me to understand the power of brainstorming. Sometimes, you just need to talk things through with other people who understand your writing. Critique groups are invaluable. They can help you at every stage of the writing process - drafting, revising, or even outlining, in Melanie's case. 

Plus we got to eat Cafe Rio, and who doesn't love Cafe Rio?

Anyways, I'm off to go work my little butt off, because I have a 20-page paper due tomorrow that I haven't started. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!


  1. Oh my gosh......where did you go (what state)? It looks beautiful! Congratulations to the winners of the ARCs contest :) I hope they enjoy The Diviners just as much as I did! And good luck with your 20 page paper....I must admit that is the nice thing about being done with college :-D

  2. Oh man, Sophia Chang, I WANT that book, but I understand, random number generator and will try not to break into your house or disrupt the mail service.

    Looks like a wonderful place for a retreat. So glad you enjoyed and learned "the power of brainstorming."

  3. Congrats to the winners. CP retreats are the best!

  4. Yay winners! And I'm jealous... I want a CP retreat :) haha

  5. Congrats, Kathryn and Sophia!

    I could use a writer retreat. Who wouldn't be inspired by a view like that? :)

  6. omg yes yes yes yesyeyesyesyesyeysyes
    sorry got out of breath


    And geez that retreat is gorgeous...and terrifies me b/c that much nature terrifies this city girl :P

  7. YAY congrats to Sophia! How awesome! So fun when I recognize the winner's name. Congrats to Kathryn, too! :)

  8. I love writer retreats. That's an awesome view!

  9. I'm so amazed at what we accomplished in less than 24 hours. And we even spent 6 of those hours sleeping, so we're extra amazing! I have the best CPs ever. Thanks, ladies. And at the next retreat, it's going to be all about Kate.