I had learned in August that I'd won a full scholarship to the Salty Quill Women's Writing Retreat on McGee Island (about a half hour off Port Clyde) for a half week in early October, 2017. Along with 12 other female writers who were also there to work on projects, it allowed me several full days to fully focus on my latest novel, which is a luxury many people don't get to have.
Besides freelance writing for a living, one of the literary projects I do is create these miniature "A Room of One's Own" shadowboxes to honor female writers (as a nod to Virginia Woolf). Here is an example.
Maybe not ironically, I chose to camp out in the tiny library next to our room, which gave me the solitude to really dig deep into the novel. This became my real life "Room of One's Own."
It also spurred a renewed commitment to finish this book (and because of the time at Salty Quill) I now have a timeline to complete the last few chapters. I'm grateful to all of the women who made it possible.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations