Ahem…now that I have your attention…
The Martini Club 4 group traveled to Dallas this past weekend for a writing retreat. Our little jaunt wasn’t quite as titillating as the title of this blog post might lead you to believe. We were there to work. Seriously. I promise! Although, we did goof off a bit. One of the things I love to do almost as much as writing is to, in the words of the Cleaver boys ‘give people the business.’ And, when my poor MC4 friends are stuck with me on a road trip, business-giving ensues. Kathy was so pleased at my antics on this trip, she thought I should share them on this post, so, here’s what happened…
We stayed at the Market Center Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, and it was an excellent place to stay, really nice and offered a lot of extra amenities. We had access to Club Level, where they served breakfast, snacks, and dessert. In the room was a conference table where the four of us could spread out our notes and laptops and work on our stories. On Saturday, Kathy and Krysta were upstairs already, and Amanda and I were in the room. (We had adjoining rooms, so that was really nice. I roomed with Krysta and Kathy and Amanda roomed together). Anyway…Kathy texted and asked if… Well, I’ll just show you:
Kathy: Can one of you grab that tour book and map when you come up? It’s of the Northeastern States.
Me: If I can find it
Kathy: Thank you. I think it’s on the desk.
(I located the tour book and map quite easily, although it was NOT on the desk. It was on the nightstand. I’m just a really shrewd detective, because I STILL found it.)
Me: I can’t find it
Kathy: That’s it. The tour book. If you don’t find the map, don’t worry about it.
(See how patient and calm she is? I was impressed. I mean, if I couldn’t find it, how the hell did I send a pic of it, right?)
Me: Is this the map?
Me: Is this the way I go to get to where you are?
(our hotel room door)
Kathy: Smart ass
(It appears she’s run out of patience.)
Kathy: Look for us here
🙂 (The ‘in’ door to the Club Level (that’s Krysta Scott hard at work)
Besides all the tomfoolery, we also had a productive weekend. We pretty much nailed our story lines for the Martini Club 4 1940’s series, although, before I can write that story, I have a few other books I need to finish. Krysta helped me brainstorm Isle of Fangs 3, so maybe I can get that one wrapped up so I can work on Northland Crime Chronicles 3. Then, I’ll be ready to dive into the 1940’s story.
Oh yes, and about the teaser of a blog title, if you’re still in need of titillation, maybe this will help. I spotted this on one of the hotel doors:
Hahaha, pretty funny, right? I guess we weren’t the only ones giving people the business!
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