I'm headed out of town tomorrow.  My posts are written and scheduled, but I won't be around for comments, etc. until I get back next Tuesday.  I'm going someplace warm and sunny with a group of gal pals to celebrate my friend Amy's 30th birthday.  What's that high-pitched squee you ask?  My excitement?  Yes.  Yes, it is.

With a little anxiety mixed in.  This will be the longest I've ever been away from the Pea, and this Mama Pea is going to miss him.  He'll be in good hands with his Daddykins, and Aunt Ellen is helping out while Hubbykins is at work.  And my in-laws are coming in to town this weekend, so after a few days with Gammy and Grandpa B, the Pea's probably going to be all "meh...not Gammy" when I return.

Packing, I've been thinking about various trips I've taken.  During college, there was an English course offered every 2 or 3 years in which the class read several of Faulkner's novels, then took off on a road trip through rural Mississippi to check out his old haunts.  It was a popular course, but it never worked out with my schedule to take it.  C'est la vie.

The professor who taught that course must have gone to Faulkner's stomping ground dozens of times over the years.  That is commitment, folks.

That got me wondering if any of my readers have made any literary pilgrimages of their own.

Me?  I took the vacation of a lifetime a few years ago when Hubbykins jetted (okay, maybe "jetted" is a strong word for a flight path that took us from Memphis through Detroit) whisked me off to Prince Edward Island.

It is as delightful as L.M. Montgomery describes.  Anne Shirley was one blessed character.  The trip inspired my NaNo novel this year never to be seen by human eyes.  PEI makes me smile just thinking about it.

I'm curious...where have you been, literary-wise?  Where would you like to go?


  1. Have a great time!
    I've never really been anywhere literary, that I can remember.

  2. Have a wonderful time on your trip! (And brace yourself to be hit with major homesickness for your little one.)

    When I studied abroad in England in college, the profs took us on loads of weekend trips to author homes or "as seen in literature" sites. In such a small country that's produced so much literature, literary sites are everywhere. I think a favorite was the week we spent in Wales, visiting Dylan Thomas's favorite haunts.

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  4. I took that Faulkner class! It was a great experience.

    I also had literary trips while in England. Everything Shakespeare of course, and also (it's kind of a long story) but I designed my own class (what's it called when you do that? I can't remember for the life of me) and spent the semester studying Tom Stoppard's plays ("Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead" among other wonderful things). I got to see one of his brand new plays in person on the West End and write a paper about it. Very cool!

  5. Karen, I pray you have a wonderful trip! I'm squeeing for you.

    I hope to take lots of literary pilgrimages one day. One day soon.

  6. Have a safe and joyous trip! I want to enjoy England and all the literary wonder it has to offer. I'd also like to visit Walden's Pond and the home of Thomas Jefferson.

  7. I would love to visit Prince Edward Island. Actually, any island will do :)

    One of my novels was inspired by a camping trip. Another popped into my head as I drove to a writer's conference. If I was going away to write, I'd want a mountain cabin with no internet!

  8. Have a fun time!

    And I've been to the beach. It's my all-time favorite place on the planet. The sound, the smell, the sunset... So literary.


    And I want to go to the White Cliffs of Dover. I will make it there before I die. I will, I will, I will.

  9. Yay for you! I've been to both Tolkien's and CS Lewis' homes and haunts.

    I think we're close to the Little House! We could drive sometime! Maybe leave the kids at home and grab a big coke from Sonic. =)

  10. Um, I should preface that by saying we'd leave the kids home with someone grown-up in charge, of course.

  11. Have a great trip!!! And, I'd love to go back to Europe someday. That's where our WIP is set and I'm itching to see the Mediterranean again.

  12. I know the feeling of leaving behind your babies, (even when they're nine) but I hope you'll have a great time.

    Also, I read over at Sherrie's blog that you're a percussionist! So am I! Percussionists rule!