Getting away from it all

It’s been a crazy few weeks in my neck of the woods. I suspect it’s been the same for many of you. Between work, kids and all that Spring gardening and cleaning there’s barely a moment to catch your breath. This is a season of change at my house, as my oldest daughter will be graduating high school in a few weeks and attending college in the fall. Add to that a burgeoning show season and my head’s spinning faster than Linda Blair’s in The Exorcist! Honestly, it’s all good – better than good – and I wouldn’t change a single thing.

But I sure could use a vacation. I’d be willing to bet you feel the same way.

With summer approaching, wouldn’t you just love to find a nice sandy spot and settle into a beach chair? For the last few years the only one I’ve gotten to is usually in front of a barn at an out-of -town horse trial, hanging out with other show moms.


(me and my friends at the 2012 American Eventing Championships)

I’m hoping to do it again this summer and am really looking forward to spending time with friends as we watch our daughters do what they love most. It’s lacking only one thing, though – time to write. Add that and it would be the perfect vacation. Funny how my definition of that term has changed. In light of  that, I’d like to offer up some quick ideas for a writer’s dream vacation.

How about a lovely  beach getaway? There’s something liberating about the ocean. Just the smell alone relaxes and focuses me. Can you imagine taking a few days and writing in a quaint little gem like this one?



Or, if sea and sand aren’t your thing, picture yourself in this:


(courtesy of

If you’re looking for more than just time to write, check out the various conferences and workshops at the SCBWI website. There you will find information for all the regional summer happenings. And if you’re really into treating yourself (which you should!), then look into the  SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles.


It’s definitely on my bucket list along with the winter meeting in New York.

Speaking of the Big Apple and my bucket list – don’t forget Book Expo America! Like the two big SCBWI conferences, it always gets raves reviews.

Those were just a smattering of getaway ideas. Do you have any? Whether planned for this summer, ones taken in the past, or on your bucket list share your writer’s dream vacation below.

In the meantime, find and fiercely protect that oasis in your busy life and WRITE!

About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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