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Sep. 8th, 2012 | 06:03 pm

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So, after the big hoo-ha of Idol, I'm taking six months to focus on writing. I've been saving my playwriting royalties for a few years now, and I'm about to put one more roommate in my house, so as long as I pick cheap places to go (warm and cheap! Go Third World!) I should be fine.

The plan is to spend October-December and February-April traveling and writing. I'm officially not taking gigs for myself for six months, though I'll book stuff I can send other performers to. And I've got just enough work in January to not get totally out of shape!

And, at the prompting of kathrynrose, I'm going to call it something other than "time off" since it's not really resting time, it's just different time. Less circus, more writing. Maybe "sabbatical", but that doesn't seem completely right, either.

Suggestions?



II.
Can we date?

I mean, writing date. Though you are totally hot, and I find myself very attracted to you. Ahem. To your writing.

Typically, we meet up at a coffee shop or bookstore, spend a few minutes chatting and dicking around on the internet clearing the decks for action, then write for about an hour. Take a short break, possibly read what we've written to each other (or trade computers to read), then write for about another hour. It's so damn productive to be typing away, knowing you're not alone...and when the momentum slows, I look up and think, I'd like to quit now...oh, shit, she's still writing. Fuck, I better get back to it.

To that end, here are my upcoming travel plans (subject to change, but this is the general idea) - and if you're in the area, let's meet and write.

Sept 17-19 - Fargo, ND
End of September - Southern Ontario
October - England, particularly London, but that's why they have trains
November 13ish - driving from Michigan to Florida via Indianpolis, Louisville/Lexington, Nashville, Atlanta and points en route
Mid-November-Mid-December - India, definitely Varanasai, and likely Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi
Mid-December-Early January - Cape Town, South Africa
January 7-23 - Memphis, Tennessee
January 24-26 - Utah, city TBA
February - probably Florida

If you're interested, hit me with a comment or a message and your location; if you're not near but you're interested anyway, tell me where you are, because it's not rare for me to suddenly go somewhere else.

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Jenn

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from: kickthehobbit
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
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pffffft, if you were coming to Utah a month earlier I'd be there! but oh well. it happens. :P have fun, regardless!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 11th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!! We'll catch each other another time, I bet!

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Vice Captain of the Universe

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from: sweeny_todd
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC)
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If you turn up in Japan let me know... or Aus. But I will mainly be in Japan!

I think it is a wonderful idea. A writing sabatical.

My dad took a sabatical (when he was lecturing) to write a book.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 11th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Japan's totally on my list - I'm really looking forward to reading about your time there!

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Pika the Brazen Ninja

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from: porn_this_way
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
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Sounds more like a gear-shift or an adventure in refocusing than time off.

What, no Texas on that list? But we have such interesting wild life here! See also: our politicians and small towns.

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blahblahblah, whatever

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from: kathrynrose
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Sounds more like a gear-shift or an adventure in refocusing than time off.

Exactly!

What, no Texas on that list? But we have such interesting wild life here! See also: our politicians and small towns.

And armadillos. :)

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blahblahblah, whatever

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from: kathrynrose
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
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"Time off" implies not working, and you'll definitely be working. You have more than one job, and "Time off" implies one job is more important than the other, which it might be.

"Sabbatical" is better. It still implies taking time off a job, but there are professors who take sabbatical to work on a research project.

"Development" time doesn't sound sexy, but in a way that's what you're doing. You're writing and planting seeds that will hopefully be accepted and take root later.

Hell, as much travelling as you're talking about doing, you could call it a "walk about." :)

It doesn't really have to have a name, though. "I've scheduled six months to focus on my writing."

Whatever you want to accomplish, call it that. Hell, you could call it "feet on the ground time." :P

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Kizzy

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from: xo_kizzy_xo
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Yes, this!

The Writing Sabbatical. Or, Whipchick's Writing Sabbatical.

:)

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Holly

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from: minnesattva
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 10:37 pm (UTC)
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If you end up in England let me know! (I live in Manchester.)

I'd suggest "gap year" but I don't know if that works if it's not a year :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
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Totally! I'm in London in October but I don't know if I'll get that far north. "Gap year" is good :)

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Kizzy

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from: xo_kizzy_xo
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
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New England is lovely any time of the year.

Just sayin'.

;)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
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I totally heart New England - I spent three falls working near Cape Cod, and it was some of the most glorious time ever. Still miss it :) And definitely noting for future reference!

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Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.

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from: n3m3sis42
date: Sep. 8th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I'm in Atlanta(ish). Where I really am is Buford, Georgia. I can drive closer if needed, but it's about 45 minutes from the city. Want to meet?

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
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YES. I'll holler about a week before I head that way - right now it's looking like I won't go to Florida until February, so it will be end of January that I'll pass your way. Can't wait!

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Ellakite

You already knew this...

from: ellakite
date: Sep. 9th, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
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... but I'm saying it again: I'm in NYC.

and i'm not 'hot'. sweaty and stinky, but not 'hot'...

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
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You're hot in your own delightfully pleasant way :)

I'm sure I'll be in NYC within the next year, not sure how soon. Duly noted and you are absolutely top on my list!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
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I'll be in Wallacetown, which is close to London, but I'll likely come into town to see my family. I'll keep you posted, but yes, let's do writing!

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Dom

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from: comedychick
date: Sep. 9th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
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Let me know if you end up in KL, or another part of Malaysia. ;)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
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Totally!

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Sally

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from: i_smell_apples
date: Sep. 9th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
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Dude, if you suddenly feel like coming to Australia... ;) We're not THAT far from Cape Town. Relatively speaking I mean? ;)

How about writing retreat? Writing TOUR :D

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
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I like "Writing Tour"!!!! That's sticking with me.

Yeah, once I leave home, nothing seems that far from anything else!

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dragon

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from: dragonwrites
date: Sep. 9th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
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You never come to the southwesst...

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
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I know, right? I need to get on that.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
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Ditto (breathes heavily).

Which direction are you? I'll be staying in the Guilford/Farnborough/Farnham area. Let's make it happen. What's your schedule like?

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tigrkittn

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from: tigrkittn
date: Sep. 10th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
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I'm a bit far east of your MI to FL trek - but if something shifts your route through central NC (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) please let me know!

I think "writing sabbatical" works just fine.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
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Definitely! I still owe you :)

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B Man

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from: impoetry
date: Sep. 10th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
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You could get a twofer and meet up with our illustrious leader Gary, and myself in the St Petersburg, FL area when you're in the Sunshine State.

:)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 12th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
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I'm in! It's looking like I'll be down that way in February!

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