Not packing heat — at this temperature, I wish. I’m packing to go to Tybee Island, Georgia.

Mermaid Cottages on Tybee has sponsored the First Annual Mermaid Cottages Writers Retreat, and the Southern Indiana Writers Group is going. Well, four of us are going. It was short notice, but four of us decided to be wild and crazy and so here we go.

Thinking there would be more of us, we applied for a large cottage and were granted Inlet Breeze, which should be called Inland Breeze, because it’s right about the middle of the island. Tybee isn’t very large, though, so inland is still only a couple of blocks from the beach. Not that we’ll be doing much sunbathing at this time of year, even in Georgia. We’re also just a couple of blocks from downtown, which looks to be pretty awesome.

Here is where we’ll be staying:

We’re taking a bunch of food with us, and expect to suck the sea empty of fish and crustaceans while we’re there.

In return, authors are to give Mermaid Cottages stories of at least 1500 words centered on Tybee Island, preferably using the cottage we stay in. Think I can do that? Think I can write a 1500+-word story? I think I can, I think I can.

I understand the internet connection off-shore is not the greatest, so I’m not sure what kind of posting I’ll do while I’m there. I already set up Monday’s post, and I’ll set up Tuesday’s Fatal Foodies post and Wednesday’s Echelon Exploration post before I go. Oh, and the two Sample Sunday posts. So, if you don’t hear from me, you know where I am!

WRITING PROMPT: Wherever you are, write a short story or sketch an idea for a short story based on where you are and where you’re staying.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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