Retreat Report - I didn't write as much as I had imagined, but wrote more than I have in a long time. The memoir did not pull itself into a seamless whole. It did deepen and have moments of organization. The next nature essay is not submission ready, but it does have form and direction. So, except for my put-upon-myself expectations, the week was a success.
Lovely Downtown Deland was a good retreat site. My suite at The Artisens Inn was beautiful, De la Vega Restaurante y Galeria, where I ate three times, has scrumptious food, and I desserted at three different homemade treat places and visited a bookstore and two museums - all without ever getting in my car. A friend met me for the trip home and we strolled around the Lake Woodruff NWR (photos included here) and then ate make-your-own (apple slices with cinnamon and blueberry for me) pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill in DeLeon Springs.