Yes, Amy is on vacation this week, enjoying the rustic charms of northern New England (and maybe L.L. Bean, but we don't know for sure). There are literary colonies -- planned and spontaneous -- almost everywhere, across the globe and across time as well. If you could plan a truly literary vacation, where -- or when -- would you go?
Ah, I am officially one dimensional. I've been waking to breakfast at Wimbledon on TV each morning this week, so I can't help myself. A tennis/writing vacation? I'll take it. Rise at five. Write three hours. Hit the courts for a the rest of the morning. Lunch, then nap, then a glass of wine and quiet writing time until dinner is served. Admit it, that sounds nice, doesn't it?
Is it literary of me to start with place and work backward to the authors? Paris is my place, and I would love to go back in time to meet Hemingway. He's not my favorite author ever, but I went through that stage of actively disliking him in junior high and most of high school, then was turned around by a brilliant teacher my senior year. I suspect he didn't chit-chat about his process per se, but that's okay. Listening to him ramble about working out a new story would have been an education.
I've been toying with the idea of applying to a writers' retreat, something that would have been much easier to do sans husband and children. La Muse in France, or the Blue Mountain Center. Wow, just writing them down makes me feel more relaxed. As for writers I'd love to talk with, for me, the choice came down to contemporary writers whose work I admire and who I hold in high regard. I'd go with Ian McEwan or Margot Livesey. Coffee anyone?