RTW: It’s vacation time!

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing or reading-related question and answer it on their own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

Today’s Topic: You’re packing for a month on a deserted island. What, as a reader and writer, must be in your backpack?

Yeah… this one might be a problem for me. I mean, just how deserted is this island? Are there electrical outlets? Because I’d be lost without my laptop, and its battery is good for two hours–tops.

What about wireless internet?  I need Google. I need my online writing partners-in-crime. I need to check my email obsessively, just in case my top choice literary agent  gets back to me about that submission.   

Will I have access to a freezer? Ice cream is my writer’s block snack of choice. It’s gotten me through many an I’m stuck! moment. I doubt I’d be productive without it.

And I’ll need comfy clothes and a cushy chair…

I think I might be high maintenance.

But here’s the thing: If I’m going to a deserted island, I won’t be working on anything but my tan. I’ll be flat on my back on the beach, soaking up the sun and catching up on sleep. Pina coladas might be involved. Oh my… it sounds so lovely…

I’ll definitely need books. Lots of them. Because reading on the beach is probably one of my top five favorite things to do EVER. Mostly YA, and all of my favorites. I’m currently in the middle of Brenna Yovanoff’s The Replacement, and I am already dying to reread The Sky is Everywhere. Also, I’ve been meaning to read Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol since, oh, I don’t know… it came out.

So yeah. A sunny deserted island sounds pretty amazing right now, especially considering the cool fall weather I’ve been suffering through these last few days. When does the flight leave?

What about you? What would you pack for a desert island vacation?

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11 responses to “RTW: It’s vacation time!

  1. I “brought” my to reading list on the island with me too.

    I just finished the replacements— I really liked it, I thought it was a cool twist on classic story archetypes.

  2. I think alcoholic beverages would definitely be necessary to make a month-long island stay bearable!

  3. I’m dying to reread TSIE, too! I’d definitely pack it. I was also distraught to think I couldn’t bring my laptop– then I remembered that the background image is of a deserted island… and the irony, it burned.

  4. @ Sarah – LOL!

    I think I’d have trouble concentrating on writing on a deser island, too… but I guess I could still try?

    • Abby, I think I spelled desert wrong everytime I wrote it for this post. Thank God for spell check! And yes, concentrating on writing while in paradise just wouldn’t work for me!

  5. desert*!

    Oh well, at least I didn’t say ‘dessert!’

  6. Excellent call on the piña coladas.

  7. I think I like your deserted island a lot. Do you think it would be totally out of the question to bring a bartender with us? So we don’t have to stop lazing to make our own pina coladas?