And I'm off for a week of writing with Dia Calhoun at her family's orchard in the Methow Valley. There will be furious plotting and typing, much laughter, gazing at the Milky Way, listening to the coyotes call from one hill to the other, careful stepping around rattlesnakes, and a wary eye open for cougars. Which have been on the property twice in 30 years. Still. Twice!