This week's road trip Wednesday topic is: You're packing for a month on a deserted island. What, as a reader and writer, must be in your backpack?
Well, if I'm packing for this trip in advance, obviously this deserted island is going to be somewhat prepared for me. So I'm going to pretend that my country-girl knowledge of how to not die while walking around in the woods will translate into knowing how to build a good fire (hey--I would be better at it than some of the people on Survivor!) and shelter and finding food. So I won't need to pack anything for that. Except maybe a few cigarette lighters, because they hardly take up any space, and while I'm figuring out how to effectively get my fire lit the natural way, it might be smart to have a backup plan.
I would also pack sunscreen. Because let's face it. I do not have the complexion for a desert island, and I hate being sunburned.
And then, I would pack a zillion notebooks. And pens. And also a giant plastic bag to store them in if it rains. Or, maybe wiser, I would use a waterproof suitcase (they make those, don't they?) I write by hand a lot anyway, so this would be no problem. But a month with nothing to do really except write or read? We're talking about a lot of notebooks, here. And a lot of pens. And maybe a couple of pencils, in case all my pens die.
Of course, I can't write ALL the time. My brain would explode from overwork. So I would bring a selection of my favorite books: His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman; HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins; THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy; FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK by Melina Marchetta; SHADE'S CHILDREN by Garth Nix; and more if I had room.
What would you bring? Stop by YA Highway and let us know!