Nimrod Lingers… You, Too, Could Benefit!

I’m still working on re-entry. The thing about Nimrod is that there is always something to see. Here is a selection of things you might use as writing prompts:   The frog statue is supposed to be Elvis. You know the story of the princess kissing a frog and turning him into a prince. Who […]

Wrapping Up Nimrod, 2016

 Energy is always high when I arrive at Nimrod on Sunday: getting settled, reuniting with friends, meeting the new writers, and getting the schedule for the week ahead.  I was in Square House again this year, my favorite room!  It’s downstairs, dim, and I know where my things will fit and how many extension cords […]

Writers at Nimrod, 2016

What a week it’s been! Where to begin? Well, I guess with this message: So, how about walking through a typical day? As you know, I’m fond of before-breakfast walks—usually damp and misty. But glories abound, from wildlife and flowers along the way, to the little graveyard up the hill, to the Cowpasture River down […]

Nimrod Writers, 2016

I treasure the constancy of Nimrod—all the things that stay the same. The physical surroundings have been spiffed up a bit from five or so years ago, but it’s basically unchanged: the main building, where hummingbirds gather and people wait for meal bells… . . . the Old Post Office—which is the only pace where smoking […]

Nimrod Hall, Here I Come!

For many years I’ve traveled to Nimrod Hall in Millboro, Virginia, for their annual writing retreat. Nimrod has inspired several of my stories and given me hours of valuable writing time. Last year I kept a travel log of my two weeks at Nimrod. I shared everything from packing my bags… …to the wild women writers I met […]

War and Murder at Nimrod Hall

This post also appears on the Virginia is for Mysteries blog. Click here to read it and more stories from Virginia is for Mysteries, Volume II.    In high school, I hated Ohio and American history. I didn’t want to memorize the dates of battles, the names of generals, the placement of Ohio’s 88 counties and their county […]

Day 13 at Nimrod Hall Writers’ Workshop

NIMROD HALL TRAVEL LOG Day 13 Most years we have only one group picture. But at breakfast today Jane Shepherd (seated in the middle next to me) gifted everyone with a Jane Austen tattoo! Here’s a close-up of mine, taken by Foust. And then Charlotte Morgan introduced us to her Frog “King”–i.e., Elvis. Charlotte is […]

Day 12 at Nimrod Hall Writers’ Workshop

NIMROD HALL TRAVEL LOG Day 12 The last day at Nimrod is always bittersweet. All the paths not walked. All I won’t see come to fruition–like this rose in the Square House flower box. And the naked ladies are just coming on. There will be a huge display, but searching now reveals only spears of […]

Day 11 at Nimrod Hall Writers’ Workshop

NIMROD HALL TRAVEL LOG Day 11 This picture from my morning walk is just a reminder that Nimrod is very rural. One sees old cisterns, cow pastures, horses grazing… In years past I’ve seen deer, close enough to photograph, but the rabbits are usually too fast and always too small. The wonder of the morning, […]