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Work and play in California

I had a fabulous time in San Jose two Saturdays ago, delivering my first in-person Scrivener workshop for the Silicon Valley Romance Writers. Lots of good questions and enthusiastic students, followed by a delicious Indian lunch buffet.

To top it off, my flight didn’t leave until Sunday night. Never one to miss an opportunity for a little extra travel—or a peek at the ocean—I took a side trip to Santa Cruz before meeting a longtime friend and his family for dinner.

If you’ve been hanging around my blog long enough, you probably know that I was meant to live on the beach. So far, destiny and reality have not caught up with each other, but I’m an optimist. Until then, I take every chance I can to feed my need for the sight, sound, feel, and scent of the ocean.

Besides, when the rental car company upgrades you to a red Mustang because the compact you booked is not available, you must take a road trip.

Here are a few highlights from my fun in the sun.

Workshop photo taken by Kristina Wright.

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  1. Reply

    Hi Gwen – I work and play in California a few hours north of San Jose. Don’t get to the beach much, though, since I live inland (you know, where it gets *really* hot). Would have been fun to catch the workshop since I can always improve my Scrivener abilities. Maybe next time. Glad you had a good trip out here.

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    Sounds like you had lots of fun at the workshop and on the side trip. I’m lucky, I live near the beach (but I’ll try not to rub it in.) Someday….right?

    I recently finished my second complete ms. There has to be a better way. Thinking about Scrivener, but I’m not very techy…. 😀

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      Jolyse: I really did. I won’t hold your location against you. 😉 I’ve lived near the beach several times in my life. I’m determined that I will again.

      Congrats on finishing your 2nd manuscript! That’s huge. If you ever want to try Scrivener, let me know. Are you going to the NJRW conference in the fall? I’m giving a Scrivener workshop there.

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    Good for you for combining work and play!! So glad you got to spend some time at the beach and enjoy the sun. Especially after the nasty winter we had here on the east coast. And I’m glad your class went well. And a book signing, too – I’d say this was a trip that just kept on giving. 🙂

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      Thanks, Maura, me too! The trip was great. I was just adding my Appearances page today and I realized I have four workshops/conferences in four months starting in July. Yikes! It’s good to be busy though. 😉

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