Roughing It

Unbelievably, I am now spending an entire weekend in the wilderness, completely away from technology. No computer, no email. Where I am, my cell phone doesn’t even work. (Okay, there’s no running water either. Who needs a shower when you’ve got trees and, um… dirt?)

Not sure how I will survive, but some folks tell me being occasionally unplugged is actually good for me. Eeeek. We shall see. (People don’t become literary agents because they like being away from the phone and computer.) However, due to the wonders of the very technology I’ve left behind, my little blog here just keeps on posting itself. And the photo is from our last trek into the wilderness a few weeks ago.

Keep sending in your terrific pieces of writing advice and I’ll read them when I get back. Hope you’re having a good weekend!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Garry Delgrande on January 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Looking around…

  2. Anonymous on June 30, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    >Hey Anonymous

    Good Luck with your induction. We had to induce our daughter 15 years ago. She was growing way too fast. I thought that we will go in at 9 and baby would come out by lunch. My induction took 3 days. I actually had them call my Dr at 3 in the morning saying that the baby didn’t want to come I WAS GOING HOME! The Dr. said it was to dangerous to leave now. My response was we need to put a cap on this. If I don’t deliver by lunch at noon I am going home. DAMN our daughter came at 11:58.

    This won’t happen to you and things will work out great!

    Enjoy your last hours as a SANS kid

  3. Jessica on June 29, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    >That’s an incredible picture. Have fun!

  4. Anonymous on June 28, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    >My next vacation comes Thursday- ha – it will be at the hospital for an induction! It’s my last weekend sans kids!!

  5. Anonymous on June 28, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    >This is Eric from Alabama:

    Sounds like you get to see some amazing scenery when your on vacation. I want to see the Rocky Mountains and Grand Canyon one day. Since I’m from the south, I tend to stick closer to home. Just got back from the great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN. However, I’m more of a Florida, beach guy myself. Have a great time on your getaway. Getting away is good for creativity. You’ll probably come back fired up and ready to put your shoulder to grind again.

  6. Rhonda on June 28, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    >Have a wonderful time in the wilderness Rachelle! My hubby, kids and I used to go during the summer but now that the kids have moved out and started families, we don’t go nearly enough. Now I’m thinking a trip in the fall might be fun. We’ll see.

  7. Chatty Kelly on June 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    >Enjoy your time away. That is one beautiful backdrop!

  8. christa on June 28, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    >God is truly the architect of gorgeous. Who else could have created such an incredible backdrop? And, of course, all of you!

    It’s nice that your family gets to see you without being plugged in to something!


  9. Lea Ann on June 28, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    >I’m too newly-home from boy scout camp to envy your escape to the wilderness! The memories of storms in a tent, humidity at 120%, and walking on terrain that was always uphill are too fresh. Maybe in a month or two…

    Have a great weekend with your lovely fellow-campers!

  10. Richard Mabry on June 28, 2008 at 7:05 AM

    >”Roughing it.” Doesn’t that mean turning the electric blanket to low? Seriously, glad you’re having some family time away from the stresses of work. Come back refreshed.

  11. Anne L.B. on June 28, 2008 at 6:57 AM

    >In Michigan, roughing it means your trailer doesn’t have an AC unit in 79 degree woods.
    How I miss that variety of Colorado camping where a shovel is a necessity! (sigh)

    And since you mentioned it, Rachelle, may the Lord bless you as he blessed A.J. Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically) when he got locked in the bathroom!

    (I’m so glad you recommended reading this book. It was wonderful, and I pray for him too.)

  12. Katy McKenna on June 28, 2008 at 6:46 AM

    >Three lovely ladies! Hope this break is extra restful. Hey, next week we’re going to St. Louis for a wedding. I’m considering not taking my computer. (We’ll be gone three nights!) Notice I said considering. Not committing. 🙂

  13. Karen on June 28, 2008 at 6:35 AM

    >BTW–great picture. Must be a terrific photographer in the family.

  14. Karen on June 28, 2008 at 6:31 AM

    >Glad to see you pursuing the three “Rs”–Refresh, Revive, Restore. I prefer camping at the Holiday Inn. Hope you are having a grat time!