Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday: Dream Retreat


It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
 
This week's question:


Describe your dream writing retreat. Where would you go? Who and what would you bring?


After spending a week there this summer, I know that my dream writing retreat would be in Costa Rica.
I just want an excuse to go back to this beach-front condo, please.


My family and I rented this awesome condo on the beach, and it was pretty affordable, so for my dream writing retreat we would get a house or a condo right on the beach, where we could wake up and have a gorgeous view of the ocean.
Doesn't this just SCREAM inspiration?
I mean...seriously?


I would love to have a getaway with the girls in my writing group. (<-- see my side bar) We send so many emails back and forth to each other, it would be so much fun to be able to do all of that talking in person. I've met most of them here and there, but it would really be awesome to get together all in one big group, laptops out on the balcony, icy cold cans of Imperial on the table, and ideas bouncing off walls. 
Terrible for the soul. Just terrible.


I wouldn't need to bring the Imperial, because it's everywhere over there. I wouldn't bring much, actually...I realized this when I WAY overpacked for our trip this summer. All I really needed was a bathing suit, a few light dresses, flip flops, and a hat. Add to that my laptop, my iPod dock, and a few books and I was good to go. We could hit up the market and get tons of yummy food and snacks and we would be all set. That's all we would need. 
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I like to think that we would get tons of work done at our Costa Rican writing retreat, me and my writing group girlies, but, seriously, I doubt it. Too much fun would be had to make any real progress. Wait, I take that back. When Shana, Heather, and I were roommates at SCBWI LA over the summer, we had some awesome brainstorming sessions. So maybe we could get a lot done. We would just have to put special time aside for silly stories and laughter so that writing progress would be made. 
Look at me...the only one on the beach, getting SO MUCH DONE


Okay, girls...can someone please make this happen? I'm dying to go back to Costa Rica, but, I swear, we can do this in Laguna Beach or something if it would be easier. Anywhere with a gorgeous ocean view will be acceptable. 
But Costa Rica has SLOTHS!


What about your writing retreat? Where would you go and who would you bring? (And would it have SLOTHS?)

19 comments:

  1. That looks like an awesome holiday destination. I wouldn'y mind making my way to Zanzibar.

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  2. This looks beautiful. I've always wanted to go to Costa Rica!

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  3. I would love to join you at the beach! I wish I really could go on a writing retreat. I would pick any beach, really. I've always wanted to go to the Bahamas, so I'd probably pick that. Although I doubt I'd do any work! San Diego would be second choice. I would bring my friend Steph even though she is not a writer. I'm sure she could find stuff to do on her own, so I know she'd give me my time & space to do my writing. Then when I'm done, we could go out! The condo on the beach in Costa Rica sounds good too!

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  4. After visiting there this summer, I think a great place for a writing retreat would be The Big Island in Hawaii. It was so relaxing there. I can definitely see myself sitting on a lanai and writing into the night. Since that's not happening anytime soon, I guess I'll just settle for the couch.

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  5. Great photos! I've always wanted to go to Costa Rica. If I could go AND get work done--that would be heaven.

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  6. You know, I was already sold on Costa Rica, but OMGSLOTHS!! Now I simply MUST go there someday.

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  7. I am totally in for a writing retreat in Costa Rica! Let's go tomorrow.

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  8. Sloths make you look like you've accomplished something, no matter how little you've worked!

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  9. I think I would stay in the water and wouldn't write a single word lol

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  10. Hmmm no sloths in my retreat :-)
    Costa Rica looks beautiful and I´m sure you would get writing done in between the laughing sessions :-)

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  11. The idea of a "writers' retreat" sounds fun. No expectations of getting serious work done on the WIP, but an opportunity to hang with other writers for inspiration, encouragement, and just to enjoy the company of other writers!

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  12. Ah, imperial and those blue waters while we write. I can think of nothing better. When are we going? :)

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  13. Wow, it would be really hard for me to write in Costa Rica. Don't get me wrong, I loved it. But all I wanted to do the entire time I was there was explore. Gorgeous pictures.

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  14. Yes, definitely. I could do some writing there. Got family down there. Convenient? Yup. ;)

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  15. SLOTHS! Okay, I'm not one of your writing buddies, but if they don't choose the place with the sloths, I'd totally be up for it. :)

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  16. Oooh, I LOVE Costa Rica! What is it about the beach that just screams inspiration? :)

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  17. That sounds heavenly! I'd love to make a trip there.

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  18. I'd love to go somewhere where the mountains meet the beach - Big Sur maybe? It would be cool to collect all my blog pals, conference mates and writing partners to have a productive and fun confab! Your trip looks legen - wait for it - dary. (Stole that from Barney on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER)

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