Desert Island Necessities (What does an author really need?)

Ferry-2A sImagine, if you will, that your cruise ship hit an iceberg, encountered a hurricane or wandered into the Bermuda Triangle. You’ve managed to escape unscathed and have landed on a desert island all by your lonesome. Abundant food is everywhere, just waiting for you to pluck it from a tree or bush, but what will ease your loneliness? And if you happen to be an author like me, how will you get your work done (sorry, no slackers, even for the shipwrecked).

While you sit on a beautiful sandy beach bemoaning the loss of that gorgeous sequined dress (or killer tux) that you’d planned to wear to the captain’s dinner, ten crates from the wreckage float up on shore. You check the labels and are delighted to discover that these boxes hold exactly what you would most want, both to soothe you personally, and to keep you on track writing your novel, all while trapped on a desert island awaiting rescue.

So, what’s in the first five boxes?  Here’s my list, everything I need for personal comfort:

1) Chocolate (preferably dark)

2) An assortment of novels (science fiction, mystery, romance)

3) An mp3 player loaded with music (classical, country, soft rock)

4) A house-sized tent, complete with plush air mattress (a girl needs her comfort)

5) A flare gun (a girl can also be practical)

And for my author side:

1) Chocolate (a necessity for all occasions)

2) A solar-powered, water-proof, sand-proof laptop

3) Word processor, dictionary & thesaurus software

4) At least a dozen ideas (Mmm, probably won’t get those from a box)

hp photosmart 7205) A cat to keep me company (and that one definitely shouldn’t come floating up in a box)

So what lands on your white sand beach?  What would be impossible to live without on an isolated island? If you’re an author, what would you desperately need? Let me know in the comments.

About karensandler

Lover of chocolate. A couple felines short of full-fledged Cat Lady. Author of the YA Tankborn Trilogy (TANKBORN, AWAKENING, and REBELLION), from Tu Books. Founding team member of We Need Diverse Books. Opinions expressed here are my own.
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2 Responses to Desert Island Necessities (What does an author really need?)

  1. alice says:

    Paper and pencil. A generator. Water filter. Fishing net or pole.

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