|The lighthouse on Lunging Island|
On the second day of the Writelines workshop conducted by Dale Finley-Slongwhite, particular prompts led to the openings of three short and long stories. The prompts and these starts fueled my inspiration into the stratosphere -- Dale presented us with such great challenges! One of the biggest Writelines policies is that what happens inside the workshop stays within the workshop, so I've respectfully agreed not to discuss the specific prompts. I will, however, say they were all great. By Wednesday, one in particular put high octane ink in my fountain pen and I began work on a novella near and dear to me that had stalled, despite a publisher's interest in contracting for the project. I placed the nib to the page and by day's end had another 3,000 quality words. By the workshop's conclusion, I'd written forty-one pages of "The Ferry," taking it past the halfway point. En route to the island, hoping for such a breakthrough, I'd interviewed the First Officer onboard the Thomas Laighton, who was gracious and giving about the daily operations on board the ferry. Once moving again, my pen never stilled.
|The ancient graveyard and gazebo house on Star Island|
|Me and MUSE on the Oceanic veranda, Credit: Frank Hochreiter|
As the ferry again appeared, ready to return me to home and family, my backpack filled to capacity, my creativity fueled, I thanked my lucky stars that, long last, I took the plunge and committed to the Writelines retreat on Star Island.