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brokenfingers
12-06-2005, 11:39 PM
OK, folks. I was thinking (supposedly about my WIP, but we won't go there) and I thought:

How cool would it be to have a get-together with all my brothers and sisters from Absolute Write.

So I figured I'd bring it up to

1- See if anybody else was partial to the idea. (Some of the personalities displayed here might be too much for some in the flesh.)

2- Try to figure out when. What time of year would be best etc. (Some of us need to know a timeframe beforehand so we can inform our parole officers.)

3- Try to figure out where. What would be a good location for a bunch like this to physically meet at (I mean, can they handle it? What type of disaster plan do they have? And should FEMA be notified beforehand or should we just let them take their chances and respond as best they can)

4- If there are any Writer's Conventions or Book Expos we can coincide this possible meet with. This way we all have something to do during the day and something to talk about at night. Plus it would make the trip even more valuable and cost-effective. Hell, some might even be able to write the whole thing off on their taxes. (Plus, I need to have something to tell the judge when I ask to have my ankle home detention bracelet removed. I sure can't tell him I'm going to go to a massive Partay!)

So, would anybody be interested? Any ideas, if so?

rhymegirl
12-07-2005, 01:14 AM
Maybe we should ask Jenna. She's our fearless leader.

writerterri
12-07-2005, 01:23 AM
I saw your picture, is this a ploy to a piercing/tattoo party after you get us drunk? I'll bring the ink!

Maryn
12-07-2005, 01:24 AM
I would certainly consider attending. I mean, would that be cool or what?

Maryn, who hasn't spoken to anyone today except characters living in her head

TemlynWriting
12-07-2005, 01:35 AM
I think it would be a wonderful get-together. I've previously attended get-togethers put together by a chat network I used to chat/work on, and they were always fun and interesting.

tiny
12-07-2005, 02:00 AM
I'm too old to fly, they won't let me on the plane.

And Terri, make sure he pierces the left one first or you'll never get to the right one.

:):):):):)
-chris

unthoughtknown
12-07-2005, 02:11 AM
Oh, this is depressing!

Could you all come down to Australia?

;-)

robeiae
12-07-2005, 02:16 AM
My house, Saturday night. BYOW (or M).

Rob :)

ChunkyC
12-07-2005, 02:17 AM
Oh, this is depressing!

Could you all come down to Australia?

;-)
Now that would be cool, an AW get-together in the land down under!

I've always thought an AW writer's retreat would be awesome.

Elincoln
12-07-2005, 02:18 AM
I'm in, but the location might be a sticky point. I can't spend more than a night or two away from home. Both baby and daddy need me around during the night. Go figure.

JAlpha
12-07-2005, 02:28 AM
How about a nice steak dinner and some tirimissu for dessert? http://photobucket.com/albums/c34/JAlpha/th_FO3DRCandlelightDinner.gif (http://photobucket.com/albums/c34/JAlpha/?action=view&current=FO3DRCandlelightDinner.gif)
Oh, wait! I meant to put that invitation in a PM. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif

Sarita
12-07-2005, 02:33 AM
I'm game. Like CC said, we could have our own retreat. Jenna, Uncle Jim, and various other accomplished folks around here could teach seminars, with an fee to cover the costs. Hey! It could work!

I wonder if Ray would teach a class on how to be a ladies man???

Anyway, retreat or no, I'd be up for a trip to hang out with my AW pals.

ChunkyC
12-07-2005, 04:27 AM
I wonder if Ray would teach a class on how to be a ladies man???
He'd be teaching it in the hot tub in his room. Everyone who's been to Ray's HOL thread, in his hotel room at the same time.... the mini bar would last about an eighth of a second.

trumancoyote
12-07-2005, 05:39 AM
I fly for free, so anywhere's cool for me :D

trumancoyote
12-07-2005, 05:40 AM
That is, if I'm invited.

Heheh.

Heh...

:(

Elincoln
12-07-2005, 06:17 AM
I fly for free, so anywhere's cool for me :DWhoa? Really? Dang, that's cool.

And of course you're invited.

robeiae
12-07-2005, 06:18 AM
Whoa? Really? Dang, that's cool.

::psst...it's all in his mind::

Rob :)

DamaNegra
12-07-2005, 06:31 AM
Lol, why don't you find a place midway between Australia and Mexico?

Perks
12-07-2005, 06:34 AM
That's be in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa, wouldn't it?


If it's on dry land, count me in. I'd love to meet you people.

My-Immortal
12-07-2005, 06:39 AM
Lol, why don't you find a place midway between Australia and Mexico?

Somewhere in the middle of the Pacific...?

triceretops
12-07-2005, 06:39 AM
Lol, why don't you find a place midway between Australia and Mexico?
__________________

Pitcarin Island would be perfect for me--I'm in.

Tri

PattiTheWicked
12-07-2005, 06:41 AM
No doubt, I'd be there. How fun.

And if someone's doing tattoos or piercings, I'm even MORE there.

Perks
12-07-2005, 06:43 AM
No doubt, I'd be there. How fun.

And if someone's doing tattoos or piercings, I'm even MORE there.

Not me. I don't have a square inch of uninked flesh left to spare for AW. Oh. Perhaps I should have left that detail as a surprise for the meet and greet.

brokenfingers
12-07-2005, 07:13 AM
I think it'd be cool to actually meet the people from here. (Well, most of you at least :))

I wonder if it would be really feasible though. I wonder what the Big J thinks about it? She's the organizational whiz, isn't she? As well as the de facto chief of this world.

Carole
12-07-2005, 07:28 AM
Woohoo!!! Party Party Party...and did someone say tattoos? The one on my ankle really needs work, but I am too afraid to trust another artist!

~Hey, *I* know~ I could dye everyones hair interesting colors!!!

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-07-2005, 07:59 AM
I wonder if Ray would teach a class on how to be a ladies man???



i'd pay handsomely

rhymegirl
12-07-2005, 08:10 AM
I wonder if Ray would teach a class on how to be a ladies man???

Or how to give massages?

Unique
12-07-2005, 08:11 AM
:::whispers::::asheville:::ashville::::


$ound$ like fun to me. I gue$$ it would depend on the pha$e of the moon and the alignment of the $tar$.


::::shuffles off:::guess it means I gotta get a real job::::pffftt:::

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-07-2005, 08:11 AM
oh, unique. you always look pretty

Unique
12-07-2005, 08:13 AM
oh, unique. you always look pretty

Thanks, Nique.

(You didn't see my last driver's license mug shot. I present it with my thumb over the picture.)

Perks
12-07-2005, 08:18 AM
:::whispers::::asheville:::ashville::::


$ound$ like fun to me. I gue$$ it would depend on the pha$e of the moon and the alignment of the $tar$.


::::shuffles off:::guess it means I gotta get a real job::::pffftt:::

Is it that you don't want to travel far or that you're really keen to sleep in my guestroom?

Unique
12-07-2005, 08:27 AM
Is it that you don't want to travel far or that you're really keen to sleep in my guestroom?

Both.

and I'm broker than smoke.:Shrug:

Perks
12-07-2005, 08:30 AM
Yeah, Asheville's good, but I want to go somewhere! Eh well, whatever you guys decide.

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-07-2005, 08:31 AM
i have a place by the beach in Tunis...

Lyra Jean
12-07-2005, 10:30 AM
I live in Florida but I could make arrangements to get to Asheville. If I'm invited that is....give me enough time and I could go anywhere.

Can I wear my tinfoil hat?

Unique
12-07-2005, 10:33 AM
Can I wear my tinfoil hat?

You have to wear your tinfoil hat! How else would we recognize you?

writerterri
12-07-2005, 01:43 PM
Come to Vegas, two parties in one!

JennaGlatzer
12-07-2005, 04:01 PM
I wonder what the Big J thinks about it? She's the organizational whiz, isn't she? As well as the de facto chief of this world.

Ooh, am I the Big J? No one's ever called me that before. I'm kind of... short.

I think it's a fabulous idea, and since I'm the de facto chief of the world, I think it should be on Long Island! :D

aghast
12-07-2005, 05:24 PM
Book Expo 2006 will be in Washington, DC. Perfect time (and location) to get together.

rhymegirl
12-07-2005, 05:27 PM
Book Expo 2006 will be in Washington, DC. Perfect time (and location) to get together.

And WHEN might that be held?????

Unique
12-07-2005, 05:31 PM
Book Expo 2006 will be in Washington, DC. Perfect time (and location) to get together.

And why is DC perfect?

(okay, okay...You're DRIVING!)

brokenfingers
12-07-2005, 05:40 PM
It's being held May 19-21.

I've gotta say, it sounds intriguing. The place will be filled with publishers, agents and authors. Lots of free books to be had. Author meets etc.

Plus there's a writer's conference being held in conjunction with it. I think it's the WD Writer's Conference. I'm sure there'd be lots of interesting stuff to attend there

Not that there's anything wrong with L.I. but I like the idea of having something to do both solid and related to our pursuits. And it gives us 2-4 days to do it all.

Hmmmm... Anybody have any experience with any previous BookExpos?

Perks
12-07-2005, 05:50 PM
Washington DC is my hometown! Damn - I still don't get to go anywhere new.

WVWriterGirl
12-07-2005, 06:45 PM
Make the arrangements, and I'll do my best to show up. I think the BookExpo is a great idea, but anywhere within reasonable driving distance from Southern WV is doable for me.

Wonderful idea!

Celia Cyanide
12-07-2005, 07:15 PM
I'll go if I'm invited, too! :)

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-07-2005, 07:20 PM
i'll go if you all put in a dollar each for the air fare....

September skies
12-07-2005, 07:29 PM
If it's in the States, I'm in! I love the Washington D.C. idea but anywhere is fine. Florida sounds good too, as long as it's not hurricane season. Long Island? Hey, I'm in! Um, Jenna, how far is that from Central Park? Can we all bring tents and make this a modern Woodstock thing? I was not born (ok, too young) for the first one. But with 3,000-plus members on AW - that would be a heck of a party!

Unique
12-07-2005, 07:31 PM
I'm in! Um, Jenna, how far is that from Central Park? Can we all bring tents and make this a modern Woodstock thing? But with 3,000-plus members on AW - that would be a heck of a party!

There's an idea with merit. I wanted to go, but my mom wouldn't let me.

TeddyG
12-07-2005, 08:29 PM
Party? People? Writers?
Does this mean I get to meet Sara and Carole and Rhyme?
va va voooooooommmmmmmmmmmmm!
When? Where? How?

Oh boy the fantasies in my head....
(and I can tease Carole with some double stuffed Oreos too...)

(Can't get near Jenna, too many people will be crowding her..)

Long Island sounds cool..
Hell anywhere is cool as long as I am allowed to drool

:banana:

maestrowork
12-07-2005, 08:42 PM
I'm all for Book Expo in May... first, a lot of opportunity for writers to mingle and network. Second, spring is a lovely time to be in DC. Third, it's centrally located. And last, lots of great places, jazz clubs, coffee shops, etc. to get together.

three seven
12-07-2005, 09:07 PM
i'll go if you all put in a dollar each for the air fare....Ditto. Although since nobody's yet paid any consideration to those of us who live in the real world, I guess we're not invited. ;)

TemlynWriting
12-07-2005, 09:47 PM
Ditto. Although since nobody's yet paid any consideration to those of us who live in the real world, I guess we're not invited. ;)I'm all for a writers' retreat in England. I've always wanted to travel there. ;)

trumancoyote
12-07-2005, 10:44 PM
I fly free to Europe, too, so...

::runs::

Lyra Jean
12-07-2005, 11:25 PM
Greyhound goes to DC so I could make maybe. How much is it? I have the hardest time finding this stuff out. If it's in May like I read that would be perfect. My boyfriend will be out of town and I need something to occupy my time.

ChunkyC
12-07-2005, 11:42 PM
Is there snow in DC in May? I can't afford airfare, and the dog team will only pull the sled on snow. Maybe we could get as far as Minnesota and bum a ride from there with someone who has room for seven huskies and an eight-foot dogsled in their trunk. Does the Watergate allow pets? http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

Elincoln
12-08-2005, 12:51 AM
D.C.? May? Grrrr! :mad:

I'm already booked for ButcherCon's Writers Retreat in Chicago. I don't think Hubby would be happy if I run off to D.C. too. But I do have a friend near D.C. Maybe she's willing to babysit while I run with the crowd. It's that or have my 3 year old tag along.

Inspired
12-08-2005, 02:51 AM
Is there snow in DC in May? I can't afford airfare, and the dog team will only pull the sled on snow. Maybe we could get as far as Minnesota and bum a ride from there with someone who has room for seven huskies and an eight-foot dogsled in their trunk. Does the Watergate allow pets? http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif


I could probably borrow a truck for the dogsled and huskies, if you come to MN.

rtilryarms
12-08-2005, 03:17 AM
Anyone doing Sleuthfest in Fort Lauderdale in March?

I'm thinking of it

Zonk
12-08-2005, 03:47 AM
We could have a writer's conference at the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island. My wife co-ordinates the women's conference for our church, and they've had it there the last two years running, she knows all the staff http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif

Read a little, write a little, swim a little, eat conch salad, fritters, peas 'n rice and go home with a tan...

BahamaCon!!!http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteROFL.gif


:D:D:D

Eveningsdawn
12-08-2005, 05:08 AM
Just slightly off the topic, is anyone from AW going to Arisia in Boston this January? 'Cause if you are, tell me! I live 45 minutes away from there.

Pthom
12-08-2005, 05:21 AM
I'm all for Book Expo in May... first, a lot of opportunity for writers to mingle and network. Second, spring is a lovely time to be in DC. Third, it's centrally located. And last, lots of great places, jazz clubs, coffee shops, etc. to get together.Central to what? D.C. is about as far from me as you can get and still be in the USA.

StoryG27
12-08-2005, 05:42 AM
I don't know how I missed this thread. Wouldn't it be awesome to meet in person...not that I'd be able to go, especially to DC, but still, the dream is fun. Two little ones, no baby sitter, and tight finances make it a huge improbability for me to attend anything far away, but like I said, it's fun just imagining meeting all of you face to face. I think we'd be a big group of fun trouble makers...just like we are now, but in 3-D.

rhymegirl
12-08-2005, 05:54 AM
I think we'd be a big group of fun trouble makers...just like we are now, but in 3-D.

Troublemakers? Us? Where would you get that idea?

SC Harrison
12-08-2005, 06:15 AM
Well, since Asheville seems to losing ground (sigh), D.C. sounds like a great idea. Plus, there's the whole Georgetown night life thing. My college Poli-Sci class took a four day trip, and I'm pretty sure I went with them. I was so hung over when we went to the White House, I plopped down on an antique chair in (I think) the Red Room, and was escorted out by someone who must have been a member of the Furniture Police, as this guy went into intricate detail on the provenance of said chair.

Susie
12-08-2005, 06:56 AM
Gee, that sounds great to meet y'all, but I'm not up to travelin'... If it materializes, hope you guys have a great time! :Hug2:

threedogpeople
12-08-2005, 02:21 PM
Gee, that sounds great to meet y'all, but I'm not up to travelin'... If it materializes, hope you guys have a great time! :Hug2:

I'm in the same boat...my doctors won't allow me to fly and it is way too far to drive from the frozen north.

You would need to be in the mid-west for it to be "central" somewhere like St. Louis, MO or Oklahoma City.

Judy

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-08-2005, 02:22 PM
Ditto. Although since nobody's yet paid any consideration to those of us who live in the real world, I guess we're not invited. ;)

oh well, we always have Blackpool....

Maryn
12-08-2005, 11:43 PM
One consideration, for me anyway, is the cost of a room, since we can't all sleep with the winners of the Love Battles. Washington hotels are expensive. So are other large cities on both coasts. We might be able to include more US members if we tried for a smaller city and a more centralized location that happens to be hosting a bookish event.

Another consideration is whether it's better during the public school year or in summer. Those with school-age kids will tell you that matters a lot. (Back when that was me, during the school year would have been better--fewer hours to provide coverage for.)

Do we really need to form a gathering around an event? We have enough first-rate talent and insider information here to generate our own symposia, with panels of experts on everything writerly.

For those on a budget, bus companies used to offer a month-long unlimited pass, all the miles you cared to ride. Do they still?

For those who cannot fly, maybe we'd be smart to select a city that can be reached by train. Amtrak.com has a map.

What about ride-sharing? If I'm driving near somebody's city, it's silly for us both to drive.

What about room-sharing?

What about simultaneous meetings in Australia, the UK, or wherever there are lots of us?

Maryn, just throwing stuff out for discussion

Pat~
12-08-2005, 11:50 PM
I'm in the same boat...my doctors won't allow me to fly and it is way too far to drive from the frozen north.

You would need to be in the mid-west for it to be "central" somewhere like St. Louis, MO or Oklahoma City.

Judy

Central location and non-school months sounds good here. Oklahoma City (an hour's drive) sounds especially good to me! (but I'm flexible...) Sounds like it could be fun; just wish everyone could make it.

StoryG27
12-09-2005, 12:16 AM
Unless it was somewhere near Nashville or at least within four hours of Ft. Campbell, I know I won't be able to go. But those who do better take lots of pics!!! I expect to see 'em.

WVWriterGirl
12-09-2005, 04:21 AM
One consideration, for me anyway, is the cost of a room, since we can't all sleep with the winners of the Love Battles. Washington hotels are expensive. So are other large cities on both coasts. We might be able to include more US members if we tried for a smaller city and a more centralized location that happens to be hosting a bookish event.

Another consideration is whether it's better during the public school year or in summer. Those with school-age kids will tell you that matters a lot. (Back when that was me, during the school year would have been better--fewer hours to provide coverage for.)

Do we really need to form a gathering around an event? We have enough first-rate talent and insider information here to generate our own symposia, with panels of experts on everything writerly.

For those on a budget, bus companies used to offer a month-long unlimited pass, all the miles you cared to ride. Do they still?

For those who cannot fly, maybe we'd be smart to select a city that can be reached by train. Amtrak.com has a map.

What about ride-sharing? If I'm driving near somebody's city, it's silly for us both to drive.

What about room-sharing?

What about simultaneous meetings in Australia, the UK, or wherever there are lots of us?

Maryn, just throwing stuff out for discussion

Maryn, I think all these are great ideas. I think that, with some of the professionals we have, it wouldn't be difficult for us to schedule our own programs. And, we wouldn't have to worry about doing our AW things on someone else's convention schedule - we could do things as slow or as fast as we like.

Not to be tooting my own state's horn (but I'm gonna), WV is beautiful in the spring and summer, and the prices are reasonable for groups and the single traveler. With resorts like Pipestem State Park, Canaan Valley and The Greenbriar, if you want a "woodsy" setting, we've got it with all the amenities. Charleston, WV is quickly becoming a hub for conferences, too. There are a few hotels with great things going on and ample meeting space for bargain prices. There's also a lot to do in the Charleston area, from gambling to restaurants to clubs to shopping. If anyone is interested, I can look into it as a possible, lower-cost solution.

Jo
12-09-2005, 06:37 AM
What about simultaneous meetings in Australia, the UK, or wherever there are lots of us?
For the Aussies, a nice central place would be Uluru (Ayres Rock). Right in the middle of, um, the outback. Though, if we want food and drinks on tap, The Alice might do better... but maybe not in summer, huh?

rtilryarms
12-09-2005, 07:50 AM
If I go, I will fly north of Jacksonville then drive (I hate the 5 hour, straight, nothing new drive from here to Jacksonville).
If you want, I could pick people up along the way.
But there are some rules:

*Only girls can ride.

Unique
12-09-2005, 07:53 AM
I-95 is ~20 minutes away :)

Lyra Jean
12-09-2005, 10:16 AM
Right I can get by bus but I don't have a license so I could use a ride...if I can get the money in time. Anywhere in the states that doesn't require a plane is good to me. Train also sounds fun.

aruna
12-09-2005, 11:24 AM
oh well, we always have Blackpool....

Yes. Let's all sulk and have our own meeting, and not invite them.

aruna
12-09-2005, 11:28 AM
If we WERE to do something over here, I suggest we let it coincide with Hay-on-Wye Book festival. I always wanted to go there... but never got invited. It's a writer's paradise!

Unique
12-09-2005, 04:28 PM
Yes. Let's all sulk and have our own meeting, and not invite them.

:idea: I know!

It's the perfect place! Equidistant for everyone!


The moon!


In Mama Jenna's house there are many rooms - if you were not welcome she would have told you so. Her legion of *sparkly* faeries go there now to prepare a place for you.


(Just kidding, God - please don't zap me:scared: )(Don't take me seriously - I only had one serious bone in my body and I lost it.)

Maryn
12-09-2005, 05:45 PM
Stray thought--another potential destination in the US is ski areas in warm weather. I attended a writing convention (now defunct) at one, several years ago. The slopes were covered with grass or wildflowers, the resort town was delighted to have our business, and the hotel was very nice, not to mention cheap-cheap-cheap. I had nothing to do with the organization of the event, but I heard they threw in meeting rooms for free since attendees gave them so much business.

Maryn, who hasn't met any writers face to face since

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-12-2005, 04:22 AM
If we WERE to do something over here, I suggest we let it coincide with Hay-on-Wye Book festival. I always wanted to go there... but never got invited. It's a writer's paradise!


aruna, i'd be interested in going. its in May isn't it?

i've never been, and it sounds okay - i'll have to check costs first.

beats the crap out of blackpool, mind

Perks
12-12-2005, 04:24 AM
Okay Nique, I'll bite. What's blackpool?

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-12-2005, 04:27 AM
blackpool is THE holiday destination of England.

it has a big tower, the wind, ice cream, rides.

its the place where you would set a stag-night-coming-of-age-abusive-father-submissive-mother-touching working class comedy

three seven
12-12-2005, 04:40 AM
blackpool is THE holiday destination of England.If you're the type who spends his holiday sitting in a deckchair with his trouser legs rolled up and a hanky on his head.

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
12-12-2005, 04:43 AM
i don't have trousers to roll up...

Perks
12-12-2005, 05:21 AM
Are you going to wear a skirt to the AW conference? Maybe you'll just call it a kilt and try to fool all us gullible yanks.

kmm8n
12-12-2005, 06:30 AM
I think Maryn has made several excellent suggestions!! It would be a lot of fun for a large group of AW people to get together...count me in if it is within driving distance and I sell my gas guzzling Jeep.

:banana:

WVWriterGirl
12-12-2005, 06:59 AM
Stray thought--another potential destination in the US is ski areas in warm weather. I attended a writing convention (now defunct) at one, several years ago. The slopes were covered with grass or wildflowers, the resort town was delighted to have our business, and the hotel was very nice, not to mention cheap-cheap-cheap. I had nothing to do with the organization of the event, but I heard they threw in meeting rooms for free since attendees gave them so much business.

Maryn, who hasn't met any writers face to face since

Again, I can follow-up and offer options on a Maryn suggestion:

1 - Snowshoe Ski Resort - Beautiful in the summertime, and has a village full of restaurants, shops and other stuff to do. There's hiking and some of the most beautiful scenery on the east coast.

2 - Pipestem - While it's not exactly a ski resort, they do offer skiing. In the summertime, though, there's lots of hiking, golf, all sorts of outdoor sports, swimming, and conference facilities.

3 - Canaan Valley Ski Resort - beautiful valley, lots of beautiful scenery and wildlife, and plenty of activities in the summertime. Also reasonably close (within an hour) of lots of other attractions, like Seneca Rocks, Blackwater Falls and many cave systems open for tours.

4 - The Greenbriar - While this may not be the most cheap place to consider, it is a beautiful hotel full of history. I don't know much about The Greenbriar because I've never been there, but it's worth looking into.

All four of these suggestions are in Eastern West Virginia - they're reasonably close to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Virginia, and Tennessee (within four or five hours). If anyone would be interested, I can easily get information for the organizers.

aruna
12-12-2005, 09:40 AM
Nique:
Next year's festival is 26th May- 4th June.
Here's an article that gets me all excited:

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/06/06/1022982744203.html

three seven
12-12-2005, 07:35 PM
I personally think they should hold the festival somewhere more convenient than bloody Wales, but nevertheless I'm in favour.

aruna
12-12-2005, 08:25 PM
I personally think they should hold the festival somewhere more convenient than bloody Wales, but nevertheless I'm in favour.

That makes three of us....!

aruna
03-18-2006, 04:34 PM
Thought I'd bump this one up.

poetinahat
03-18-2006, 04:38 PM
Well, if you're not coming to Oz (and we'd love to see you all here), how about the Isle of Man? I've got in-law-type relatives there, and I hear the weather is conducive to writing.

Then again, how could one refuse an invitation to a place called Hay-on-Wye? Hold the (county) mayo!

oswann
03-18-2006, 04:57 PM
Come to France! Or does everyone still hate us? Second thoughts, stay away. If I wanted to meet real people I'd get outside more often instead of sitting at the computer. Forget it.



Os.

Maryn
03-18-2006, 08:06 PM
It's looking like the sticking points are just what they appeared to be from the get-go: finding a place accessible and affordable to most, and finding a time and/or event that works for most.

Let me remind you all of Haskins' map of AW members (http://www.frappr.com/absolutewriters), which might be helpful to anyone who cares to figure out where those who might attend are located. (I still like the idea of simultaneous meetings all over the world!) Of course, many people didn't add themselves to the map, but their locations are in their profiles.

We can assume air transportation from anywhere to anywhere, but it's worth taking a look at Amtrak's (http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/Page/Routes_Index_Page&c=Page&cid=1080072922209&ssid=4) route map (there's a PDF file on that page) as well as Greyhound's (greyhound.com)bus routes. The train is most limiting; there are large parts of the country it doesn't serve.

In keeping with my habit on this thread of tossing out ideas as I get them, I'm seeing that anyone whose only option is Amtrak might be best served by a gathering on the Eastern Seaboard or in the greater Chicago area.

Maryn, who'd really like to meet so many of you all

Jean Marie
03-18-2006, 11:16 PM
I thought Jenna was hosting a BBQ/pool party at her house this summer. August is what I heard http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif Contributions for AW operational fees accepted @ the door http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif

And it's BYOP (bring your own pool, unless one is built in time...)

Susie
03-19-2006, 02:25 AM
Sure wish Howie & I could meet you all, but with our bad backs, traveling isn't an option for us.

WVWriterGirl
04-04-2006, 10:56 PM
Has this idea withered on the vine? I'm not as active as I used to be around here, but I'd still like to meet ya'll...

Perks
04-04-2006, 11:04 PM
Oh, I know! I can and would travel to wherever, but I think the "where" is the problem. If travel were cheaper, I think a plan would be in the works. So sad.

veinglory
04-04-2006, 11:35 PM
I'm game for the Chicago area. Anyone else in that vicinity?

katiemac
04-04-2006, 11:49 PM
I'd be 100% behind D.C. as mentioned earlier... :)

Perks
04-04-2006, 11:51 PM
DC's my hometown, so I can get there anytime - say when. I'd work Chicago out if it ended up there too.

maestrowork
04-05-2006, 12:01 AM
BEA in May is in DC.

Chicago is my kind of town.

Jaycinth
04-05-2006, 01:11 AM
DC!!!!DC!!!!!DC!!!!!!!!

I'll barbecue!!!! I got a big yard!!!! No Holes!!!!!

JennaGlatzer
04-05-2006, 01:25 AM
Aruna, thanks for bumping this! I'm going to start a poll and see if one place has more agreement than others... according to the map, we're definitely concentrated most on the east side of the US, so I'll stick to that. Back in a minute...