My fondest childhood memories all involve travel in one way or another. Since I was born to a mother who emigrated from Germany, her history was important and she made sure that I was introduced to planes, trains, and boats at a very young age. When I think back on my summers in Europe, I remember carefree days consisting of little more than a notebook, a pen, a backpack, and a head full of ideas.
Those were the days.
I recently heard about Amtrak’s writing residency, a program that puts writers on trains so they can feel inspired once more. The relationship between train and writer has been well documented (so much so that Amtrak has already been flooded with requests from aspiring writers clamoring for a spot) and this is an opportunity I don’t want to miss. After I sent out my obligatory “pick me!” tweet, I knew I had to bring out the big guns. I don’t think 140 characters will cut it in this case.
Here are a few reasons why I think I would make a perfect candidate for a writing residency on an Amtrak train to nowhere (well, not really to nowhere, but you know what I mean).
1.) I work from home and my job consists primarily of writing. Amtrak has comfy seats for all coach, business, and first class travelers with wifi access. Not only will I be able to connect to the Internet along my journey, my coworkers won’t even notice that I’m responding to emails and working from a train.
2.) I feel like a vampire and could really use some time away, to escape the snowstorms, everyday stresses, and most importantly, my itty bitty apartment. The change of scenery would not be lost on me and Amtrak would be hard pressed to find a candidate as excited and eager to go wherever they say.
3.) I gave up writing for 10 long years. Once I started blogging in 2009, I slowly immersed myself in this creative field by reading, writing, reading, writing. It took me 34 years to say this, but I can now say with absolute certainty that today I am a writer. But I have a lot more growing to do and a residency would enable this. Which brings me to #4…
4.) I have had lofty plans to write a book for ages but more pressing things and bigger priorities always got in the way. A writing residency would encourage me to capture the tale of a young woman and her journey through life’s hiccups and high-five moments once and for all.
5.) As cliché as it may sound, I really can’t wait to sit on a moving train and look out the window to the world outside. I have never taken a train outside the tri-state area and would love to breathe in the hills and countryside of this vast country.
6.) If Amtrak is looking for someone to blog, tweet, Facebook, pin, and Instagram about their travels and experience, I’m their gal. Not only is social media my full-time occupation, it is a passion that I think would lend itself nicely to a trip around the country.
And so, I’d like to take this opportunity to beg my friends/blog community for a bit of help. Can you please share this post on Twitter (making sure to mention @Amtrak and @MyPixieBlog and use hashtag #amtrakresidency) with a brief description as to why I should be chosen to ride the rails? You can mention the book that’s been stuck in my head for the past five years, or that my recent main interactions are with the four-legged variety, or that the adventurous 21-year-old within me is dying for an opportunity to document this place in life.
I would be forever grateful.