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May 29, 2023

Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss how they plan and enjoy both work and fun on location.

But first! Where have Gail & Piper been?

Murder cabin, on a lake. Mystery dog. Heat resistant frogs in the hot tub, and some not so heat resistant. Much writing was accomplished - either in communal area, or privately when dictating.

Then to a nice hotel in Spokane. Bull dog regular at the hotel bar.

Piper's Plans:

  • Changing up the writing retreat dynamic with 2 pro authors and 2 pre-published authors. Going for the fun and productive balance.
  • Writing. High priority!
  • Lots of walking: on the beach or through a park, or along Waikiki streets
  • Food! Looking for those fusion dishes
  • Speech patterns and local dialects

Gail's Plans:

  • Writing. Priority #1
  • Swimming, either in the ocean or in the pool
  • High hopes for health benefits in water: ocean, pool, hot tub
  • Food! Fresh fruit, in particular
  • Increased creativity and productivity


  • Piper's swimwear: tankini designed for curvy girls - sized by bra size with underwire support, also a sarong/towel
  • Gail's swimwear: tankini or one piece, retro design. Travels with goggles & swim cap. Waffle towel.
  • Both: Sunscreen!


The Red Scholar's Wake by Aliette de Bodard, also mentioned The Tea Master and the Detective

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Special thanks to Kelly for editing this episode!

Thanks for listening. Travel smart. Pack the snacks! 

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