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07 December 2007 @ 06:30 pm
Jamaica, City of Glass  
This is what happens when you go to Jamaica for a writing retreat and leave your laptop sitting out on a table.

At first you think: "Cool, a frog. I like a frog." (Not as much as Holly, who spent our trip to Jamaica chasing frogs all over the villa and imploring them to be her frog friend.) Then you sit down at your laptop to work and realize things look a little different. Surely your book wasn't called "City of Frogs" before, was it? And was it about the struggles of a valiant band of frogs against the evil Lord Toad? Perhaps not, but hey, this version is pretty good, anyway.

It was hard not to be content in Jamaica. We were there with awesome people for one thing, and for a second thing, this was the view from our main room:

And this was where we worked diligently on our work stuff:

(two novels got finished on the trip, by me and Gwenda, and several short stories written or started or thought up, by Maureen and Karen and Kelly, and proposals and creative editing from blackholly and castellucci, and Gavin came up with an idea for a series of novels starring himself as a detective, and Christopher Rowe chased Holly around the bonfire making pterodactyl noises, which isn't technically a creative work, but was my personal vote for best moment of the trip.

And this is what we had for lunch:

And this is what we had for dinner:

Here is the shopping list that Holly made for Theo to go buy us groceries. Note that it relays both a request for " a lot of fruit" and a request for "citrus fruit" and also a request for "wack-ass fruit." Helpfully, the instruction to "get stupid with fruit" is also included.

And yes, as you probably figured out if you were reading diligently above, I have finished City of Glass, or at least the first draft. Given how long it is and how much revising I am going to have to do,
I do not FEEL done, and the fact that I have a proposal, a novella, a short story, and an essay all due RIGHT NOW isn't helping either. But when I did actually write the last line of the last chapter of the MI trilogy, I admit to briefly feeling like this:

Kari: City of Ashesutkari02 on December 8th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
The pictures are amazing Cassie! Thanks for sharing!

Can't wait for City of Ashes!
Nellpoconell on December 8th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
Sounds like a very fun andproductive trip. That's not easy. Good score!
Cassie Clare: cccassandraclare on December 8th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
cherie priestcmpriest on December 8th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Your pictures are fab, though the frog is my favorite :)
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on December 8th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Next time you come too? :D
cherie priestcmpriest on December 8th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
Your lips to God's ears, baby!

(I'm not going to be any more specific out here in public, but ... sadly, I don't see it happening anytime soon. Though if you want to gossip off LJ, you've got my addy.)
cherie priest: emo fishcmpriest on December 8th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Actually -- Gawd.

That other comment looks awful. I'm not mad at anyone or anything -- there's no friend drama or anything, just life drama. Yeah. Anyway. Wanted to be clear on that.
Stevemroctober on December 8th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Sounds terrific. I look forward to a ribbeting... err, riveting read!
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on December 8th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
We also saw crocs. Christopher tried to get me to jump in the river and get eaten for the amusement of all.
Stevemroctober on December 8th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
Crocs or gators? Which like to be tickled. Christopher probably wanted you to recover the alarm clock one swallowed.
Renaenaelei on December 8th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Life - In My Own Words: PD - OMGdonnafantastico on December 8th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Man, it's been ages since I've been chased around a fire while someone made pterodactyl noises. O, Nostalgia, you bitter fiend!

Seriously, that picture of your view is stunning. It makes me yearn!
Tiffany Trenttltrent on December 8th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
I hate to break it to you, but that's the evil Lord Toad at your laptop right there. It *might* even be a cane toad, the star critter of the eponymous documentary, which you would really find hysterical and disturbing. I highly recommend. ;) (Don't ask me how I know, OK?)

Glad you managed to avoid durian *and* the gators and get a novel done, too. Quite impressive!

Møønymoony on December 8th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)

The frogs, they are waiting.

Their time will come. Yes, their time will come.

Jorilikebunnies on December 8th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
Frogs freak me out. So unpredictable with their jumping here and there. Usually they jump on me. I get 'frogged' in our backyard all the time. And knowing the way I feel, my lovely mother hung a stuffed 'angel' frog from my front door Christmas wreath while I was not watching. She's a Grinch.

The pictures are lovely! Wish I was anywhere but here but someplace a little cooler might be nice!
Life without me is gay and faggoty: dee: psychodeliatartpants on December 8th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Does that list say "No Durian?" What's durian?
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on December 8th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Durian is a kind of really smelly melon that is native to southeast Asia, I believe.
Miss Cecil Castelluccicastellucci on December 8th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
I tried kissing that frog!
Gwenda Bondbondgwendabond on December 8th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
I can prove it!

(Also, you can visit anytime you need someone to make dinosaur noises at you -- Christopher relishes the opportunity.)
(Anonymous) on December 8th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
Mmmmm. Durian.

Tastes almost as good as toad.
Respice finemmalsperanza on December 8th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Mmmmm. Durian.

Tastes almost as good as toad.

Welcome back. I have something for you. Besides the ARC I mean.
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on December 8th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, neat. I have something for you too. When shall we meet?
thecityofdis on December 8th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
So, you've met me. I am shorter than average and fairly slender - do you think I could be compact enough to accopany you in a small suitcase or large purse next time?
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on December 8th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Ask Holly; she has the big luggage.
thecityofdis on December 8th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Will do. ;)
Whitney: Book Wormscarlet_dancer on December 8th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Any chance of the getting stupid with fruit and pterodactyl bonfire making it on YouTube?

It's wishful thinking, I know.

*le sigh*

Congrats on finishing the trilogy, and good luck with your other projects! :)
FAR EVILER: Supergrrlbhanesidhe on December 8th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
I'm you guys had such a successful haul but I'm extra glad your back. Is there a chance that somewhere in this very December you'd like to meet up for tea. I have a proposal of sorts. I'd really love your input.
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on December 8th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Can you make it out to Brooklyn?
FAR EVILER: Big Loanbhanesidhe on December 9th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Surely yes, with clear enough directions and as long as it isn't during a blizzard.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on December 8th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
I just finished reading Juliet Marillier's Wildwood Dancing so the frong companion startled me considerably.
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on December 8th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
You owe me your address!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on December 8th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
Foo! Thought I sent that--maybe the e-mail addy I had is no longer functional? I will go scouting and resend. Oh yes, we wants good reading, precioussss.
Lizejjury on December 8th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great way to do work and relax.

Hopefully no one licked the frogs (or toads).
Alana Joli Abbottalanajoli on December 8th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
That's lovely! Did you bring the frog home with you so he could tell you the rest of the story? :)
Evalahndruid_child on December 11th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
Yay for Jamaica! You all tend to go often, it seems... weird, haha.
Home, home, home! Just as soon as I've finished these cursed finals.
~ Na
p.s. City of Ashes!!!
Robyn Robyn Ro-Robynro_byn on January 26th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
You came here! Again... Portland? :) Come to Mobay next time. It's nice here- sort of. But come anyway and tell me so I can stalk you- I mean say hi :P I'm like the only person in Montego Bay that knows you exist :D
duhitsemilyduhitsemily on September 25th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Well then!
Hey there! =) I'm new to this whole uhm, posting thing (haha) but I just wanted to say I love your books. Our book club is actually going to discuss them all next year (feb/mar) and I'm excited. Our sponsor continues to tell me that you believe in impossible love but the Jace/Clary thing drives me nuts! haha.
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on September 26th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
Re: Well then!
Thanks! Let me know how the whole book club discussion thing goes.
(Anonymous) on October 31st, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Triple Dog Dare
Hey! U know about that dare thingy that Lauren's having you do? I'm so excited to see wat ur dare is. U'll have to post it! I love Lauren. Her books r so amazing. For all yall girlies out there, u have to read the Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life because it's basically incredible. I also <3 Cassandra's books.