The Celebrity Millennium cruise ship will never be the same. That's because more than two dozen Christian novelists (one male, the rest females) chose to have a retreat on a hotel that moves. Along with the novelists came many family members (spouses, one grandmother, and several kids).
Oh, what fun we had!
We were in meetings for two days at sea. Since we are all multi-published novelists, we don't have teaching type workshops. Instead we share with each other and take encouragement from the experiences of others, especially in these uncertain times in publishing.
Most of the group played when we docked in Jamaica and the Grand Caymans. I even treated myself to my first acupuncture treatment. I used to be real skeptical. However, the treatment took away my shoulder and neck pain so I'm sold on it now.
On our first full day on-board, I got to share with my friends about the miracle God worked in my life this summer and about Jerry's and my wedding just over a week earlier. What a fun way to start the retreat. Then Tammy Alexander surprised me with a lovely (lovely?) bridal veil that she asked the travel agent to pick up before the cruise. (There I am wearing it at right.) Too bad I didn't have it the week before, huh? It was, after all, a casual ceremony.
Tammy and I were roomies. Which means our cabin was filled with generous doses of laughter. We also had a powerful prayer time for some friends who couldn't be with us and who are facing some serious trials.
Oh, a friend of ours who shall remain nameless has always teased Tammy about her "big hair." (Less big now than a decade ago.) However, I discovered the cause of said big hair. The woman takes a five day cruise with two large cans of BIG Sexy Hair spray!!!!!
For those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook, you already know that I had the return trip from you-know-where. Cancelled flight, entire day spent in airports and planes, forced to spend night in hotel in SLC, and finally arrived home 14 hours later than was planned. Exhausted!!! It made things worse to want to get home to Jerry, Poppet, and Pinky and to have to wait an extra day for it to happen. I missed them all.
Laundry has been washed. Suitcases have been stowed back on the shelves. Office is still a fright but I'll get it tidied eventually. iPhone and iPad were updated to iOS 5 while I was doing other things. And now it is back to writing, fast and furious. But the memories of this cruise will last and last. So sweet.