August 14, 2013

Yearbook Meeting #4: Outdoors Club

Hey, Misfiteers! Welcome to our new monthly feature in which you can get to know the girls behind the argyle a little better by attending one of our "Yearbook Meetings!" This month's meeting is of the Outdoors Club, and here's what we're discussing:

What's your dream destination for a writing research trip?

I am dying to read more YA set in Alaska, and already have an idea in mind for my own, so I'd love to go and experience it in person. I'm not terribly outdoorsy, but for research, I can probably push myself a little further than usual! And I can only imagine how inspirational seeing all that beautiful scenery in person would be! ~Dahlia

I would kill to visit Germany. (Surprising no one.) My school had a trip to travel through Germany to visit the locations that inspired Grimms' Fairy Tales, which unfortunately I couldn't take, but I really wanted to. Of course, that means I'd have to either stay there for a long time, or come back periodically throughout the year to see all of it in the different seasons. ~ Chessie

Anywhere that's fairly remote and self-contained. I grew up in a really small town where everyone knows everyone, so that's nothing new to me, but the idea that you're living in a tiny place that's cut off from largely-populated areas is fascinating to me. There are places in Alaska like that (if you haven't If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende, it's a great nonfiction account of such a place), and on the opposite end of the spectrum, tropical islands would fit the bill too. I just want to see that lifestyle and experience what it'd be like to grow up like that and live that way. ~ Megan

Europe! Anywhere in Europe. France, England, Portugal, Italy...these are all places where my current novel takes place and it'd be great if I could go visit them myself instead of having to spend hours on google maps or virtual tours trying to get things as accurate as possible. ~Lyla

I'd love to go to Japan. I wrote a YA historical novel set there and fell in love with the food, culture, scenery, and the people. The thought of all that history and beauty just makes me want to go there so badly - I'd love to go there in person and experience it all for myself.  ~ Jamie

I have such a bad travel bug, I'd constantly be on the road if I could! Europe, Asia, Africa, South America. But for writing purposes, I have a fun Goonies-esque MG that takes place along the Oregon coast, so I'd love to go back there to draft. Maybe even camp on the sand again! It's so lovely and wild. I'm very lucky to live were I do - I got to write on the Santa Monica Pier this week, which is where one of my favorite scenes from my upcoming book takes place. ~ Jenny

I'm thirding the Alaska answers! I have a WIP set in Alaska, so I'd love to go there myself one day to experience life there. Having said that, choosing *one* dream destination is the worst! I'd also love to go to Japan, Iceland, see more of the United States, go back to Scotland and Ireland, travel around Russia, visit South Africa, backpack New Zealand... plenty of places to see and be inspired! :D ~ Marieke


tawney13 said...

Ok! Alaska is what I want to write about! But my family lives up there! Nome and Anchorage. They have cabins so I am thinking I need to have a research retreat and show you girls around!!!

Seabrooke said...

I was waiting to see Maggie's answer, since she's actually doing it! Fun to see how different everyone's responses are. I'd love to visit a lot of places, but for book research purposes the most likely would be the UK, and particularly Scotland. It's one of my favourite settings to read about; someday I might be brave enough to write it.

Carrie-Anne said...

Most of my writing is set outside of North America. I'd love to visit Russia and Estonia in particular for firsthand research. Some of the chapters and sections of my current WIP are set in 1930s and 1940s Persia/Iran, and I'd love to go there as well for firsthand research. I'm actually not at all scared at the thought of going there on a visit, since my family were friends with an Iranian family while I was growing up, and so many people have said the media image of Iran as a dangerous tourist destination is absolutely false.

Dahlia Adler said...

Tawyney - YES! Have us all over! Party at your family's!

Seabrooke - Aw, Maggie's in Sweden today so she gets a little reprieve ;) But she's definitely already doing it, and she's also already been pretty much everywhere!

Carrie-Anne - that's awesome! I'd love to set a book in Russia; it's one of my very top dream travel destinations in the world, and I'm always hoping for more to be set there! I have a number of Persian friends, but I don't think I know anyone who's actually *been* to Iran, now that I think about it!

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