Friday, August 17, 2007

Maui bound in three days...

I leave for Maui in three days and I'll be gone for two weeks. (Actually, I'm flying to Honolulu first to do some research for my fourth novel, and then I'm off to Maui).

In Honolulu, I'm staying with fellow author Patricia Wood and her husband on their boat. This was planned six months ago and at the time I thought I'd be done The Silver Compass by now, but I'm not, so that means I'll be writing late each night while Pat's cats keep me company. Then, when we fly to Maui for the retreat & conference, I'll be working every night I'm there, too.

This will my 4th time attending the Maui Writers Retreat & Conference, an investment that's always been equally enjoyable and beneficial to my career. This year, I'm working with Karen Joy Fowler (NYT bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club) but I'll also get to reconnect with friend and fellow author Jacquelyn Mitchard who's teaching at the retreat as well.

I'm looking forward to the trip. It'll be great to be surrounded
by like-minded writers. Think 'gambler landing in Las Vegas' and you've got the idea.

13 comments:

wordman17 said...

Have a nice trip to Maui.
I've considered going to that retreat and conference but could never pull it all together. Maybe I'll reconsider and start rolling pennies in Texas to save up.
Sounds like a good one.

Mystery Robin said...

That sounds like a blast!!! Have a great time. :) And I wish you and the cats the best of luck finishing up the Silver Compass. Who knows what inspiration the kitties and the lapping waves will be. ;)

Travis Erwin said...

I hope to make that conference one of these days.

But I think fate has other plans. After typing my desire to go I looked down at the word verification -- ursol. I don't know about up in Canada, but down here sol stands for -- Shit Outta Luck.

John Elder Robison said...

Have a fun trip. Hopefully I'll be able to join you all next year!

Anissa said...

Have a great time! Hopefully that change of scene will be just the inspiration you need. :)

ORION said...

Maui retreat is a blast- It is a total creative charge.
I would not be where I am today without this retreat and conference.
John we will send photos!
That reminds me.
I have a boat to clean...

Zany Mom said...

Enjoy! Some day I'll make it there. After all, I do have 2 open invites to Hawaii. :D

Katie Alender said...

Have a great time, Holly!

Wendy Roberts said...

I've always wanted to attend the Maui conference (and meet Pat) :)

Have fun and don't work too hard!

kyla-dale said...

I bought my mom The Penny Tree for her birthday, whcih was last week, and she loved loved loved it!
Thought you should know.
Have a good trip!
Don't forgot to post some blogs

Larramie said...

Here's to your working vacation, complete with some time with Pat's cats. May they and the islands inspire you, Holly...

And do have fun!

Trish Ryan said...

Wow - you gotta love any job that allows you to write off a trip to Hawaii as a business expense! Have a wonderful time!!!

Dana said...

Mindy wanted me to meet you. Hi, how you do you? Have fun in Maui - I'm so jealous - not because you'll be at the conference, but because you'll be hanging with Mindy!...and Sharon!!!, oh and Pat!