Saturday, June 9, 2007

Vacation and Writing

There have been a number of vacations where I get my best story ideas. It must have something to do with a stress-free environment. Traveling to different places also stirs the creative juices. If you're stuck in a car or plane for hours, you've got to do something, right?

It's that time of year again and we're getting ready to take our vacation. I'm trying to decide if I should take my laptop. Unlike some authors who write full-time, writing isn't like work to me. I enjoy it, and in many ways, writing is a stress reducer. I don't know if this will still be the case after I'm published with deadlines looming over my head, or I'm writing full-time, but I'd like to think that it will be the same.

On the flip side, a vacation to my husband and daughter is not having mommy on the computer and her nose stuck in a book. Oh, the dilemmas! Last year I spent a whole week at the Outerbanks of North Carolina without a laptop. I survived with a couple of books to read. This year we're heading to Disney and the drive is much longer, eight hours. Also, my daughter is taking two friends with her. She'll have her DVD and her PSP, and I'm sure they'll sleep some. Therefore, I'm wondering if my daughter will even pay attention to what I'm doing.

Hubby is the only one who might care what I'm up to. He likes for me to talk to him when he's driving to help keep him alert and to pass the time. My conversations tend to lapse into silence if I'm reading or writing. Of course, we'll share the driving responsibility. We leave tomorrow, so when I return, I'll let you know what I decided. What about you? Do you take your laptop on vacation?



  1. Well, I don't have a laptop. Yet. But we got baby girl one for graduation. I was quick to point out to her that she would be taking it on our vacation so that I could write, if I so desired. Hubby said an adamant no. The toad. He had the nerve to say that I would spend all my time with my nose shoved in the computer.
    As of late, he has changed his tune. He said he realized I wouldn't have access to the internet on our cruise, therefore I would only be using it to write, and that he would never keep me from writing. Okay, so he does have redeeming qualities :-)
    Bottom line, the laptop goes. Whether I'll work or not remains to be seen.

  2. I do take it but don't always use it. Rather to have it and not need it than vice-versa. I always take books and always read. Always!!!!!!!

  3. I always take my laptop now. We use it for all sorts of things, but I love having it on the plane or in the long waits. It's wonderful for checking things like flts, but best for those really long mornings when no one else is willing to get up early. I have hours to write. Last vacation, I finished my synopsis for my contest entry and sent it off to the Touched By Love contest. That's the one I am waiting to hear because I finalled:-) Maybe, just maybe, my laptop is a lucky charm, lol.

  4. I always take mine! I'm a night owl and have a few hours to write after everyone else goes to bed. And I usually take 4 or 5 books and read them all. I LOVE vacation time!!
    Jenn, I hope you have a wonderful trip and make lots of memories. our Disney vacation is some of our kids' favorite memories.