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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Going on a writer's retreat in Tangier

I'm heading out, folks! I will be spending ten days in Tangier working on my next novel, which not surprisingly is set in Tangier. While I'm there I'll be focusing exclusively on fiction and will not be getting online and will only be answering calls from family. I'll be completely out of circulation from June 21-July 2.

To avoid distractions I won't be bringing a computer, camera, or music. I'll have some reading, of course, and a couple of notebooks to write in longhand. All I'll be doing is writing and getting into all those random weird situations that fuel my writing. While I'm still working on the sequel to A Fine Likeness I feel I need a break before finishing the final 20,000 words on that one.

The genre of this new project is a departure for me. It's contemporary fiction (or "literary fiction" if you want to get snooty). No Chaos demons, gun battles, or sword fights in this one! A new genre and ascetic surroundings will make for an exiting experiment.

See you at the other end of the rabbit hole!

Photo by Almudena Alonso-Herrero of yours truly at the Tomb of Ibn Battuta, the greatest traveler of all time.


  1. A writing retreat in Tangiers ... how exotic!

    But I don't think I could write without my computer. I have long since lost the talent of writing anything in longhand that wasn't scribbled.

    1. Living in Spain makes it pretty convenient. It's only an hour and a half flight from Madrid. Cheap too. I'm budgeting $15-20 a day.
      Oh, my first draft will be scribbled all right!

  2. Very exciting!! What a way to write. I've always wanted to do something like that.

  3. A writing retreat in Tangiers - how utterly exotic! I hope you take some photos, as you will have to get fresh air sometimes, won't you?

    Good luck with the writing and take care.

  4. Hope you get a lot done! If you're unplugged, you'll have no choice but to write.

  5. Wow, sounds fantastic. Safe travels.

  6. I feel both very safe in my own apartment and also incredibly jealous :) Can't wait to hear all about it!

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

  7. Sounds exciting! Have a safe and productive trip!

  8. I just read that you won't be bringing the camera. Oh, well, it's understandable. . .


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