Road Trip Wednesday

Over at YA Highway, they have Road Trip Wednesday.

1. If you’ve never checked out YA Highway, you should.

2. Road Trip Wednesday this week is If you could go on a writing retreat anywhere in the world, where would you go and who would you bring? If time and money were no object, where would you shut yourself to write the great American novel? What friends, crit partners, or authors (living or dead) would you bring with you?

I love this question.

I’d go back to Sarajevo. I was there in 2007 and while I’ve felt more home in other cities I’ve traveled to, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so moved by a city as Sarajevo. I felt haunted. I felt like I was grasping desperately at strings of understanding and always missing. I think that I would like to live there and write forever and a day. The only other city that came close was Kyiv, Ukraine but the people were friendlier in Sarajevo and if I’m going to feel lost, I want at least to be lost amongst friendly faces.


Who would I bring with me?

My cats. I don’t go anywhere without my cats. I surprisingly write them infrequently into my stories. Maybe that should change. So my 4 cats would come with me.
My friend Ben because he’s always my first reader and because I spend a large part of our conversations bouncing writing ideas off of him. 
The internet connection I have at work because it’s fast and stable and nothing in Sarajevo was and I need to be able to stay in contact with all of my friends and writing blogs or I will lose my mind.
Also, Tumblr.
Who would I bring with me who can’t feasibly come with me? John Green, JK Rowling, Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, Veronica Roth, and Ingrid Michaelson & Greg Laswell.

Check out what others say for this week’s Road Trip Wednesday here!


8 thoughts on “Road Trip Wednesday

    • Katie L says:

      I think tomorrow I’ll have to do a post of my cats (and foster cats) in various stages of “helping” me write.

      It’s the part where they fight/knock over glasses/spill my coffee and force me to STAND that really annoys me. But I love my cats so…sigh.

  1. Jaime says:

    This is such a great post! I think you’ve kind of captured the whole inspiration thing here. Feeling moved is pretty important when you’re sitting down to right, in my opinion. 🙂

  2. Elodie says:

    John Green will be quite busy, I saw him popping up on quite a lot of answers 😀 I love your reasons behind going back to that city…it does sound very inspiring!

  3. Colin says:

    An interesting answer, Katie. Not the first place that comes to mind when I think of “retreat,” but obviously Sarajevo has a special place in your heart. When I read this: “The internet connection I have at work because it’s fast and stable and nothing in Sarajevo was…” I wondered if you meant more than you intended. 🙂 That’s a great line.

    • Katie L says:

      Haha, I did mean more than just the internet connection 😉
      I felt more home in most places in the Balkans than I’ve ever felt in the United States, and I think a lot of that was because I was anonymous and invisible over there. I was very isolated because I don’t speak Serbo-Croatian (or Serbian or Bosnian or Croatian or however you want to call it). It WAS like a retreat because I wasn’t being inundated with a lot of external influences. I also didn’t have a cell or a computer or facebook over there… :p

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