Mar 25, 2016

Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza - Plan a Fictional Trip

Hello, all! Welcome to DAY  EIGHT of Get Up Offa That Slump: A Blogging Extravaganza! (We're in the final stretch, people!)) This extravaganza is a three-week long partay consisting of blog posts that will hopefully do a number of things: get you back into blogging and remind you how fun and creative blogging can be. To learn more about this shindig (all the cool kids are doing it, just an FYI), you can check out the introduction post here and join in anytime!

Now, for today's festivities:

Here's the prompt: I don't know about you, but there a lot of fictional places I would love to visit (some for years and some for literally just a second). So plan a trip! You'll get an unlimited budget (just use cheat code THISISFICTIONAL at your bank) and then plan the whole thing. Where you're going, who you'll see, what you'll do--paint the picture! And then every time it's 11:11 make a wish to go on that damn trip.

OR, perhaps you'd rather Make an Idea Board: At this point, the Blogging Extravaganza is almost to an end, and I'm hoping you've gotten some new ideas or sparks for future posts on your blog. This is where an idea board of sorts could be super helpful, because it puts all those ideas together as one. And then you can share your idea board with others and help inspire more creativity and blogging. (I have a page like this in my bullet journal. It's just a picture of a light bulb, but it's a spot where I can jot down ideas I have for blogging, Instagram, reading, whatever.)

Without further adieu: MY FANTASTIC (ugh, fine, fictional) TRIP. (Serious question: who's paying for all this?)

Seattle, Washington

This trip begins where I live, near good ol' Seattle, home of the Space Needle, some of the greatest rockers to ever exist, the gum wall, and the Fremont Troll. And, yes, rain. But this trip is about to get a whole lot rainier, because we're headed to...

Forks, Washington

Despite living in the same state where Twilight takes place for the entirety of my life, and having read Twilight oh, eight years ago, I only very recently went to Forks. Last fall Stephenie Meyer went to Twilight in Forks to celebrate the novel's tenth anniversary. I convinced my dad, that morning, to drive three hours to Forks so that I could get ten books signed and meet Stephenie freaking Meyer for the second time. We waited in line for seven hours (at least it wasn't raining), drove at least six, but I got to meet Stephenie, get ten books signed, take a picture with her, and talk with her...but I didn't really get to see Forks. Granted, it's not what it used to be, since the franchise is, in a sense, over. But I won't lie: what little I did see wasn't all that spectacular. BUT I'M GOING TO FORKS AS A PROPER TOURIST AND TWIHARD, DAMN IT. And then it's off to the land of fae.


I'm not sure that this locale would be the most, well, welcoming or pleasant, but I find this fae-filled world to be rather interesting. (Plus: FAE.) I would visit the various magical courts, explore the lush nature, and not make a deal with anything that breathes. I'd stay for a couple days tops, though; I fear for my immortal soul here. Though I'm not sure if the next stop on this trip is any safer.


I cannot not go to Throne of Glass's setting, the land of fire-breathing bitch-queens, ironteeth witches, captains of the guard, magical beings, and wyverns. Unfortunately, now is not the season for visiting such a land; it's in a bit of turmoil, last I checked. (Damn those bastard kings!) Nevertheless, I AM STILL GOING, and I am going to feast with my favorite characters and then some of us are going shopping. And I am taking a wyvern as a souvenir, TRY AND STOP ME. (Actually, please don't, for that will only end in pain on my side.) My gosh, let's go somewhere the sun shines next, yes?

Colby, North Carolina

Time go somewhere FLUFFY. Sure, Colby has its bits of teen angst and dysfunctional families, but it is a BEACH TOWN. It's also where a number of Sarah Dessen novels takes place. I will listen to Anger Management, go to the Last Chance, see Truth Squad in concert (while scornfully whispering "Hate Spinnerbait" under my breath), shop at Clementine's, and rent a bike at Abe's Bikes. Ah, what a lovely, calm vacation. My next destination will be the opposite.

Howl's Moving Castle

I'm more for the Ghibli version but HELLO, OH WONDERFUL MOVING CASTLE, YOU. I will stay warm thanks to Calficer's fire. I will hang around Howl like a flea to a dog. I will have one-sided conversations with Turnip Head. And I will make Michael do all the cooking and cleaning because I am on vacation, damn it. It will be crazy in the castle, for certain. But perhaps not as crazy as my penultimate destination.


This was almost my final destination, but then I realized another place had to round out this trip, despite the fact that I want a one-way ticket to Neverland. I just want to go to Neverland and fly around with Peter Pan all day and befriend Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys and Captain Hook & Co. and Tinker Bell (but not stupid Wendy, because she tends to ruin my Neverland ships). I haven't a clue what we will eat, since the menu in Neverland seems to be...interesting (and imaginary?). My souvenir? Faith, trust, and pixie dust. And then the trip is almost over.

Morganville, Texas

Ah, back to the vampires! Morganville, Texas, is more to me than a small town in the middle of nowhere where vampires and humans somewhat live together collectively. For me, it's like going home. It's a story I immerse myself in and characters I love and know so well. Morganville certainly isn't the nicest of places, and I don't know how I feel about donating blood every month, but I don't really give a damn. To end this trip, I am going home.
starting place

Okay, so how expensive is that trip you planned? Or how many thumbtacks are on your idea board? Also, whoa: TWO MORE POSTS LEFT!


  1. I want to visit Seattle very badly! I've only ever traveled the east coast, because that's where I live. I'm a HUGE Nirvana fan, so there's so many sites I need to see.

    How awesome would it be to visit Neverland?! I absolutely adore Tiger Lily and would spend all my time with her if I had the chance to go.

    I loved your fictional trip!! So much fun!

  2. Howl's moving castle and Morganville would totally be on my list too! That's so many interesting places to visit, Rachel! Love this post :)
    I'm trying to make my idea board so we'll see how that goes. But yeah, seriously: ONLY TWO POSTS LEFT?! How did that happen!?

  3. Totally forgot about Forks! And I knew Morganville would be on this list ;P AND YES. Neverland! And NO Wendy! lol

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook


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