Day 1 of Retreat -
Reached Knoxville airport by 4:00p. The flights were relatively short and easy. Although take off is not my favorite! I love the landing lol. It means my butt is back on the ground!
Met up with Sui Lynn at the airport. We went to claim our rental and they gave us a free upgrade from a mid-size to a brand new Dodge Journey SUV. VERY nice car.
We ended up at the Jameson Hotel which turned out to be an extremely nice hotel. Not like any Ive stayed in before. After we settled in, we sat around talking and tried to see if anyone else was already in Knoxville and wanted to meet up. Eventually we ended up at the Texas Roadhouse near the hotel. The waitress was awesome. She reminded me of Miley Cyrus. She even tried pitching Fifty Shades of Gray to us when she found out we were here for the retreat and that we wrote romance. LOL. That sparked a debate for a bit.
Afterward we headed over to Walmart to grab water and some last minute stuff before going back to the hotel.
Day 2 of the Silver Publishing Retreat -
Sui Lynn and I picked up Anel Viz for a ride to the retreat. We stopped for breakfast and then headed up to the cabins. Tennessee is very beautiful! The scenery was worth the almost hour drive. We arrived, met up with everyone at the conference center then went to our cabins. Turns out everyone was able to have their own room and their own bathroom! Yay! Got a nice king size bed with a pretty view.
I've met so many wonderful, amazing authors here. Amber Kell, Diane Adams, RJ Scott, Stormy Glenn, Andi Anderson, Anel Viz, Carol Lynn, Leiland Dale, and so many others. I can't believe how nice everyone is. I was wondering on the way here how everyone would get along with so many different personalities being thrown together for six days.
Of course, I was able to meet the awesome staff - Alison Todd, Lodewyk D., Brenna Lyons, Lori Bell, Jennifer Ring, Reese Dante, to name a few!
Dinner was delicious! Lodewyk went out all out for everyone. Prime Rib, Country Fried Chicken, Cheese Grits, Pasta Salad, desserts, all of it! He also made it a special event for me and RJ Scott since it was our birthday. He had a cake for each of us and everyone sang Happy Birthday. ^.^ Definitely made it a special birthday! Thanks to the entire Silver team for that and especially Lodewyk!
I have more pictures but they are on my camera and I don't have it readily available, but I will be posting pictures of the cabins, the mountains, and TN. No author photos though out of respect.
Signing off for now. Will update on Day 3 later on.