>Writing v walking holidays

> Who is going to Swanwick next year? Who is going to Caerleon? Who is going somewhere else? I’m looking at a late July/early August holiday (cat sitters permitting), but can’t yet decide between a walking holiday or another writing holiday. The weekend in Fishguard in February will be a taster as I’ve never been on a writing holiday before.

Do you know where you fancy going yet?

If I go walking with an organisation I’ve already decided it will be the Ramblers. My sister works for another walking holiday company, but they’re quite expensive – the same holiday can cost upwards of £250 more, and the single supplements are heftier. A writing holiday is at least another £50 off the Ramblers’ holiday price again, and it’s in the comfortable indoors.

Alternatively, I can still do the Thames path on my own, and if I do a walking holiday, I can sell loads of articles on it.

Of the writing holidays, I think it would have to be Caerleon. I know lots of people swear by Swanwick and I used to know some of the first people that attended (Birmingham Writers’ Group was heavily represented in the early years), but I’m not sure it’s for me. Derbyshire is beautiful and a lot closer to me and the cat sitters, but if I decided on a writing holiday, it will be Caerleon, and if I know others are going …

One day I’ll go on a writing or a walking or a bird watching holiday in the Greek islands or in the Balearics. But for now Wales is perfectly fine.

Ooh. Decisions, eh?

I’m starting to feel Christmassy – at last. I think it’s because I now know pay day is on Tuesday and, therefore, I’ll finally be doing the last of my Christmas shopping then. I was dreading it might be Christmas Eve, but Tuesday means I can take the day off, as my car is in the garage anyway, and if I get an early start it shouldn’t be too much of a nightmare. I don’t mind that, though. I think it’s all part of the experience. Today is my regular Thursday off, and I may – may – venture into the loft. If I don’t get the tree up soon, it won’t be worth it.

This lovely stained glass tree ornament comes from Artful Accents. I wish she were closer to me, these mosaics are gorgeous, and we wants one of these tree ornaments …

8 thoughts on “>Writing v walking holidays

  1. Lynne Hackles 17 December 2009 / 11:08 am

    >I've never been to Swanwick so can't comment. I do love Caerleon though.The difference between a writing holiday versus any other type is that the others don't last once you're home. The unpacking is done, the washing put on and it feels like you've never been away. Whereas after Caerleon there's still washing etc but all the time I'm thinking what I might write next. The buzz, inspiration, oomph, lasts for ages afterwards and post-Caerleon is always my most productive writing time.

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  2. Diane 17 December 2009 / 12:08 pm

    >Yes, I'm like that too after a particularly inspiring talk or presentation and I think I'd be the same. The only holidays I've come back from where I've not been inspired to write anything have been beach holidays. Just from one walking week I could probably come back with a dozen or more ideas to write about. So I think any kind of activity holiday is my best kind. I really do fancy Caerleon though …:-)

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  3. Devon Ellington 17 December 2009 / 1:57 pm

    >The ornaments are lovely.I applied for some residencies next year — if I land any of them, those will be my holidays; if not, I'll have to re-think. So much is in limbo right now that I can't commit to much of anything.

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  4. Diane 17 December 2009 / 3:23 pm

    >Will you finally be moving next year, do you think? Hope?

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  5. Abi 17 December 2009 / 5:46 pm

    >I love walking so I'd be inclined to go for the walking holiday myself but then I've always wanted to go on a writing course so I can understand how you're torn between the two! I could do with some inspiration at the moment as well.Have you had any snow yet?

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  6. Diane 17 December 2009 / 5:53 pm

    >Both would be good and part of me keeps saying: You're getting a writing holiday already – in Wales. So I don't know yet but will probably decide after Fishguard. I'd love to go back to Dent but I'd need to see if the cottage I hired before is available.We had a few flurries and the odd blizzard, but nothing to write home about. It hasn't stuck.Yet …

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  7. Becky 17 December 2009 / 7:58 pm

    >well I would go for the writing holiday no contest. Things like that are such a great opportunity for getting to know new people who are on the same wavelength, and you can learn so much from each other, maybe start new friendships, and come back with ideas for all sorts of new projects !

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  8. Diane 17 December 2009 / 11:58 pm

    >Oh, it's gonna be a tough one, isn't it? 🙂

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