In my reflection post for A-Z I said I wouldn’t be participating again next year. I had a few reasons, but one was that I wouldn’t have time – and the reason would be revealed in June.
Well, here it is, I won’t be participating because … in 250 days I am going to be on a writing retreat cruise!!
Along with 3 of my Greek Noodle (the name for our writing/crit group – that’s a whole other post) buddies, we are doing an 18 night cruise from Fremantle to Sydney via New Zealand.
Okay, to put that in perspective, we are going from the western coast of Australia, to the eastern coast via New Zealand (which is actually east of Australia). See the map below…
There are 9 days at sea and 9 days in port. So at sea = work (writing) and in port = play. Although two of the Aussie port days I’m using as writing days as well.
I’ve drafted my writing goals for the cruise, but a lot can happen before then, so I won’t set them in stone until closer to cruising.
We looked at a few options for our retreat, but cruising makes the most sense: cheap, no cooking or cleaning or grocery shopping, entertainment at night after working all day, quiet spaces for writing, designated play days… the list is quite long.
I’ve done weekend writing retreats before, but nothing like this. This is going to be awesome.