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What I Miss About Montreat

By the time you read this, I’ll be on the road again. On the way to Florence, South Carolina for a night with my parents, en route to a presentation in Myrtle Beach on Friday. All that means is I’m already missing Montreat.

I miss my culinary failures and the excuse to eat popcorn and cereal every meal.

failed food


I miss sitting here.


And looking at this to relieve my eyeballs from the strain of a computer screen.

trees and sky

I miss wondering whether I’m going to ram my car into the side of this gate every time I take a trip to town and back.


I miss getting night crawlers with my milk, because really? Who DOESN’T want night crawlers with their milk???


I miss simple dinners on the porch while I listen to the whistle of a train.


But mostly, I miss sheer creation. A draft is complete, and by the time you read this, I’ll be revising. I promise I’ll bathe and wash my hair, too.

draft done

For Father’s Day, we’ve put together a To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis giveaway over on Goodreads. If you want a signed copy, head on over there and enter. Five people will win. And, if you’ve been bugging your friends to read it, SHARE THIS GIVEAWAY WITH THEM.

giveaway pic

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  1. I absolutely cannot wait to read your next book, Andra.

    May 15, 2014
    • It’s a mess right now, but that’s what rewriting and editing are for.

      May 15, 2014
  2. Jill Clary Stevenson #

    I shared your contest via FB yesterday. Last night, I had a comment from my friend, Tracy Graudin, who said her husband Steve was sitting beside her reading your book as she typed!

    May 15, 2014
  3. That is fantastic that you got so much done! Amazing what focused quiet time and no distractions can produce! Good luck at your Myrtle Beach event. (The only city I’ve visited in SC!)

    May 15, 2014
    • That’s about to change! πŸ™‚

      May 15, 2014
      • And thank goodness! I hate that my only point of reference today is smorgasbord all-u-can-eat $5.99 places and trinket shops. πŸ™‚

        Will call you next week to plan timing that works for us both. πŸ™‚

        May 15, 2014
  4. Black Mountain is a beautiful place, wonderfully peaceful. I am sure that the Fiat fit perfectly through that stone gate though. She probably looked very cute within its frame.

    May 15, 2014
    • I have a bad sense of depth perception, so I thought I was going to hit it every time. Through it for the last time now.

      May 15, 2014
  5. The gates of heaven are somewhere on the grounds of Montreat! I always breathe a huge sigh of peace when I pass through that gate – after I make sure I’m not going to hit it, of course.

    May 15, 2014
    • It is pretty close to heaven there. I already miss it. It’s raining today, and there’s nothing like being in a cabin in the rain.

      May 15, 2014
  6. Sounds so lovely and peaceful. And um, sure I would take nightcrawlers with my milk. Just not in my milk.
    Good job on finishing your draft! That’s huge!

    May 15, 2014
    • I love funny signs. I even love the little man with the pistol on it.

      May 15, 2014
  7. You are a power house!!!

    May 15, 2014
    • Just good at vomiting words, Fiona. That’s about what it looks like right now. πŸ™‚

      May 15, 2014
  8. Not sure about the milk. I’d just go with the nightcrawlers.

    May 15, 2014
  9. Nightcrawlers have been known to await their demise in the comfort of my fridge next to the milk, thanks to my avid fisherman son. πŸ™‚ I can see why you are missing such a peaceful and beautiful retreat. πŸ™‚

    May 15, 2014
    • They do have to be kept refrigerated, right? I think MTM bought some for fishing on another trip to the mountains.

      May 15, 2014
  10. tarakianwarrior #

    Why did this make me cry? So awesome. You’re doing so well Andra. So dang proud of you.

    May 15, 2014
  11. When a friend and I spent a few days in Asheville, oh so long ago, we went to Black Mountain and talked about how it would be great to retire there. I STILL think North Carolina has lots of places that are very close to heaven….some in the mountains, and some on the coast.

    From a realistic standpoint, I’m sure that every place has something special about it (even though some require you to search for it) but any small cabin in the woods speaks to me. Glad yours aided the productivity. Looking forward to the end result.

    May 15, 2014
  12. I would be missing Montreat as well, Andra. Looks quite blissful to me.
    Congratulations on completing your draft! I’m sure there is much, much left to do, but, one step out of the way must give you some sense of satisfaction.
    It is raining and cold here today, so, I’m holed in my little library/den/office (actually, today it is my retreat) catching up, working on a few projects, etc. but, need a bit of break, so, off I go to Goodreads.

    May 15, 2014
  13. That is amazing, Andra (and beautiful – love the gate). Congratulations on the finished draft.

    May 15, 2014
  14. what a cool place, andra and i am eagerly awaiting your next book )

    May 15, 2014
  15. Your energy and enthusiasm inspire me. Congrats on finishing the next book.

    May 16, 2014
  16. Montreat looks about as perfect a place for writing as one could ever find! I’d be missing it, too. I do hope your time at Myrtle Beach is very successful! You are certainly a writer-on-fire, Andra! Congratulations on the draft. I’m so pleased for you…and I’ll definitely be interested in what you’re doing over there on Goodreads! πŸ™‚ oxo

    May 16, 2014
  17. Best of luck to you, Andra.

    May 17, 2014
  18. That first picture… looks like a pecan omelet. Wow. I know it’s NOT, but wow. Hmmm. Still, at least you got to eat something. Jack didn’t even get his toast:

    May 18, 2014
  19. How awesome that your great writing memories are associated with such a wonderful place. By the way I once cross stitched that Montreat gate!

    May 22, 2014

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