Thursday, August 21, 2008

Greetings from the Outer Banks!

Hey, everyone, a very exciting announcement today:

My good writing friend Liz has her short story "The Biggest Loser" featured at The Long and the Short of It today! So 2 things: first, go on over and read it. Then, drop by her BRAND NEW blog and leave her a comment telling her how much you liked it, OK? Liz is a great writer and gives terrific (and honest) feedback on the multiple drafts of stuff I give her, so she deserves a big celebration for her story today!!


So I've been vacationing in the Outer Banks (North Carolina) this week, and it's been fabulous. This is the kind of vacation where hubby and I don't do much except relax, rest, sleep, and then relax a little more. It's completely not the kind of vacation I usually spend...but it's pretty indulgent and enjoyable, I'll admit. We rent a house on the water with 6 other couples, which makes it really affordable, too. Here's what this week looked like:

Somewhere around 7 am: Wake up and, if inspired, go for a run.

Somewhere around 8 am: Eat breakfast.

Somewhere around 10 am: Play some (very competitive) pool volleyball.

Somewhere around 1 pm: Eat lunch.

After lunch: Nap. Or read a trashy tabloid magazine. Or lie out in the sun and listen to my Zune.

Somewhere around 2 pm: Play another round of pool volleyball.

Somewhere around 6 pm: Figure out what we're doing for dinner.

After dinner: Go out for ice cream or to play mini golf. Or watch the Olympics. Fall asleep early.

The daily schedule might have varied a little, to fit in some shopping or climbing the lighthouse or seeing the wild horses that live on the northern beaches. But yeah, that's about it.

I meant to do all kinds of writing this week. I meant to revise One Night in Napa and possibly outline a next novel. But somehow, that didn't happen. I have to convince myself that's OK.

Now it's home - and get ready for another crazy school year. But hey, I have a great tan to show off, for the first couple weeks, anyway :)


Marianne Arkins said...

Sounds like a fabulous vacation!

Melissa Blue said...

When I went to National's I thought I'd write tons. Four full days without the kids.

I wrote on the way there and the way home.

You are fine. Don't feel any guilt. And hopefully the tan gives you a glow.

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

Thanks for the link. I did enjoy the story.

Liz said...

Allie - Thanks for the shout out. Glad you're having a great time! Don't worry - you're refueling your MUSE.

Liza said...

Sounds like a fun vacation! BTW, I loved One Night in Memphis! Thanks for the link.

elaine cantrell said...

Sound like my kind of vacation. Have a good school year.

Elaine Cantrell

windycindy said...

I have been to the Outer Banks three times and loved it every place we stayed. Cindi