In two days I will be at the annual writer's retreat hosted by my chapter of RWA - the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada.
I don't think I've missed a retreat since I joined the group. As my friend Kelly said on her blog, "I start looking forward to this event the day I return home from it. It is a highlight of my year and is always a huge blast. Now, if this week would just END so I can GET THERE I’d be all set."
Last year we played the Add-a-Sentence game, where we started with a line from a randomly chosen book off the cottage shelf, then each added a sentence as we passed the paper around. Hope we play it again this year.
It was hilariously revealing.
Here are thirteen lines that wound up telling a twisty tale. I've split some of the sections in order to follow the Thursday Thirteen format. All lines preceeding a name are attributed to that writer.
1 - It's summer. Summer again.
[from the book Summer of Fear but I can't remember the author!]
2 - You can tell by the wardrobe of the the tourists - it's all khaki shorts, hawaiian shirts, and Crocs.
3 - I hate Crocs. [Nikki]
4 - I'm more of a strappy sandal girl. Who wants to spend fifty bucks on a pedicure and then have it covered up with overpriced plastic shoes that look like they belong on clowns? [Michelle]
5 - I killed a clown once.
6 - Pasty coloured bastard with that damn obnoxious red nose. [Kelly]
7 - Then there was the whole arterial-spray problem. [Julia]
8 - Yeah, Crocs. Why is it that the tourists always get them in the most garish colours?
9 - Is being on vacation a license to offend the eyes of all around you? [Jennie]
10 - Perhaps I'll kill the next tourist. Follow him home to his expensive air-conditioned hotel and suck the blood from him until he thrashes in that final moment of blackness. [Lilly]
11 - But shit, I'm getting lonely the last century or so. Maybe the next time I'll stop and turn one, have a pet for awhile. That one, maybe. No crocs. [Heidi]
12 - Then again, they do wash up easily. No DNA to trip me up.
13 - As for pets, I had a puppy once. Delicious! [Annette - with Heidi]
Photo L to R: Nikki, Annette and Heidi