A Weekend Away

Well, I am back from a fabulous and affirming weekend at Writers in the Field. For the full report on the classes I took, you can check out my writing blog: The Steadfast Scribe

I left early Saturday morning and drove for two and a half hours to get to the venue, a Steampunk Faire site south of Dallas. The first class had already started, but I was able to jump right in. Well, not literally. Remember, I have a broken toe!

So here’s a gauge of how immersed I was in this experience. Not only did I have a broken toe, making walking painful, I had to lug my folding chair with me everywhere so I could get off my feet whenever possible. And on Saturday, it was brutally hot and sunny and most of the time I was outdoors perspiring, which I absolutely loathe. Yet I barely noticed all this discomfort because I was so interested in everything I was learning. I’ve never understood people who don’t want to learn new things. I thrive on it!

I left during the concert Saturday evening so I could make it up to my friend Joanna’s house in Garland (an hour’s drive away) before it got too late. Her mother has recently moved in with them, so it was a special treat to get to visit with her. She’s known me since I was kid! Actually, the whole family spoiled me. Joanna’s daughter gave up her room for me, her son carried in my stuff, and her husband got up early on Sunday morning and made me breakfast before I headed back to Writers in the Field.

While Saturday had been hot, Sunday morning was cold, overcast and windy. I was glad I had thought to bring my hoodie, because I really needed it. Once again, the classes were absorbing and I enjoyed each one. I got together with a couple other writers from Realm Makers and enjoyed getting to chat with them a little bit. I do so love hanging out with other writers.

It was a long drive home, but I was still so “up” from a lovely weekend that I didn’t mind. However, getting back in the car today was a little less thrilling. I had an hour and a half to drive to my autoharp lesson, except today I didn’t even take my instrument out of the case. Ann had offered to help me learn how to use MuseScore, so I can start doing my own arrangements on the computer. It didn’t go as planned. We couldn’t figure out how to do the song I wanted to do, so Ann picked an “easier” one, but we ran into trouble with that too!

I’m going to have to do a lot of research to figure out how to use this program. The learning curve is very steep and I don’t find it intuitive at all, but I know it’s something I need to do, just like learning Scrivener. *sigh*

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