With that said, here is my most recent update:
I attended the Homeric Writer's Retreat and Workshop in Ithaca, Greece. It was one of the best experiences of my life. My review is up on their website, which you should definitely it check out. It was hosted by the lovely Jessica Bell and the all-star editor from Writer's Digest, Chuck Sambuchino. His critique and edits made the trip itself worth it. I no longer fear self-editing. Hopefully this will become an annual thing.
Not to mention the island was nice too, along with all the amazing people I met as well. :)