Don’t look at the tents. Look at the stars above them. We never get to see so many stars in the city. Its only when we get to a farm in a remote village, far away from the city lights, that one gets to appreciate the vastness and beauty of the night sky. Just lie down on the ground and stare into the sky. In under an hour, we saw three shooting stars. This world is awesome. Thanks Amar Ramesh for capturing this so beautifully. — at Vaksana Farms, Rettanai Village.
The 100 Day Book Authoring Challenge got kickstarted over the weekend. 17 of us got together for two days at our farm. We unplugged ourselves from usual life to focus entirely on planning and prepping up for our books. Here are some of the snaps from the authoring retreat. http://Kiruba.com/authoring
It was my life’s first experience pitching a tent. I have slept in tents before but not in a tent that we set up ourselves. We pitched this at our Vaksana Farms and a few of us slept in it overnight. We had a very clear sky and the stars added to the surreal experience. To me, one of the best part was the experience of watching the fine tuning of this long exposure shot by Amar Ramesh Photography. — at Vaksana Farms, Rettanai Village.
The awesome gang that participated in the ‘Book Authoring Retreat’ this weekend. We are taking on the challenge of working over the next 100 days (make that 99) to launch our books by March 1, 2014. More info at http://Kiruba.com/authoring. Photo by the uber-talented Amar Ramesh of www.facebook.com/anrbphotography
We are exactly two weeks away from our Book Authoring Retreat and am very excited for it.
Here is a quick update email for all of you who have registered for the event.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The dates for the workshop is November 23 & 24. Please make sure to block your calendar and not to have any other work commitments on those two days.
ARRIVAL TIME: Even though the event is on Nov 23 & 34, we are requesting all participants to land at the venue on Friday, 22nd evening/night itself. This is because we will have an early morning start on Saturday, 23rd and its important that all of us are well rested and ready to start.
Please do not plan on starting on Saturday early morning. Its a 4 hour commute from Chennai and you will be tired by the time you get here. Hence, everyone please plan to reach the venue on Friday evening or night itself.
ADDRESS: You can find the directions to the venue here http://www.kiruba.com/farm/location/
CAR-POOLING: The best way would be for all of us to carpool and travel. Its a great way to break the ice, get to know each other and bond even before the event starts. How many of us have cars here?
LEAVE YOUR WORK AT HOME: One of the main reasons why we are having an offsite venue is to help peel ourselves from our everyday tasks. By being away at a remote place, it helps us disconnect from our regular life and help us focus 100% on the workshop. So, please inform your clients, colleagues, family and friends that you would be unavailable on these two days. Trust me, it makes a BIG difference.
FELLOW PARTICIPANTS: You can know who else is attending the event at http://Kiruba.com/authoring/authors . I would recommend you spend some time looking at the profiles. This would be very helpful when you network with them at the event.
NEED YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS: If you look at the participants page in the website, you will notice social media icons next to your names. We need the list of URLs so that we can link them up. Please check your profile. If yours is not linked, then mail the URLs to email@example.com with a CC to me.
FACEBOOK UPDATES: From now on, lots of updates regarding the event will happen on the Book Authoring Retreat Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/events/424471970990904/ If you aren’t signed up here, make sure you do.
THE BOOK: As a way to tap into the minds of great writers and best-selling authors, I started a book project as a way to prepare for our authoring workshop. The book is titled, ’500 WORDS BEFORE 8AM….and Other Practical Writing Tips from Bestselling Authors’. More about the book at http://Kiruba.com/500 . Make sure to especially check out the authors section at http://Kiruba.com/500/authors
I will share the digital version of the book with all of you at the workshop. Lots of wonderful lessons for us.
If you have any queries regarding the workshop, please ask them at the Facebook Event page. I will answer them there. This way, the answers will be helpful for others as well. Alternatively, you can always reach me at 09841597744 and at Kiruba@Kiruba.com.
Eagerly look forward to the event.