Thursday, June 23, 2011

A visit to Powell's

While in Portland, our pal and fellow bibliophile Amy Conklin dropped in to the wonderful Powell's City of Books. She zeroed in on the Young Adult section to look for Nancy's stuff, found a nice selection of four titles, and was kind enough to share this photo with us. A Werlin collection is but one measure of the quality of a bookstore...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kindling Words West

We've been keeping a low profile here on the blog, which isn't exactly the point of the thing. But Nancy has had a quiet time schedule-wise, and has been busy writing. Trouble was, she wasn't getting to where she wanted to be in her latest book; she'd been wrestling with a major plot point that didn't feel exactly right. Then came Kindling Words West, a writers' retreat held annually in Taos, New Mexico.

There she had the whole day blocked off for writing, which left her lots of time to work and focus. Just as importantly, she was surrounded by peers sharing ideas at breakfast, lunch, and the end of the day. She talked out her problems with the gang, and lo! The plotting point that had been plaguing her suddenly seemed surmountable, and she wrote her way through it in better shape than ever -- the story coalesced, and the words tumbled out. She still has plenty of work to do on this book, but now it's starting to feel like a downhill effort rather than a steep uphill.

Retreats almost always work this way for Nancy, and KWW was in a fantastic setting to boot. Did I mention the beautiful mountain surroundings, the warm, dry air, and the hot springs? Those didn't hurt a bit. We're already looking forward to the next one...