I love spending time with people who love books, and stories, and the craft of writing (and illustrating) stories, for books. I love sitting amongst these nice people, sharing info and discussing the business and other topics loosely associated with the business. Since people can write about about any subject in this world, or any number of made-up worlds, you can imagine the possibilities for conversation are many and varied. (Please feel free to imagine, at this time.) I had an absolutely splendid time at the Speakeasy Retreat, not too long ago. It was a convivial sort of gathering, nourishing and inspiring, with brain-tingling critique conversations, too. I am still smiling. My thanks to those who put it together.