A Drift of Quills has been stranded on a desert(ed) island! Well… virtually. Don’t worry. Since we knew we’d be marooned, we were able to ship in reading material ahead of time. Sadly, we’re limited to three books. What? Only three? The burning question is: what three books would we want to find waiting for us there?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

I’m cold. A desert island sounds good right now with its sandy beaches, rolling waves, peace and quiet… I put in a request for palm trees and other vegetation, too. Birds. No snakes. A hammock. One terrific thunderstorm. And chocolate, of course. Would it be cheating if I brought my e-reader and a solar charger? It only takes up the space of one book, right?

A Drift of Quills has been stranded on a desert island! Since we knew we’d be marooned, we were able to ship in reading material ahead of time. Sadly, we’re limited to three books. Which three will each of us choose? (https://robinlythgoe.com)Choosing a mere three books is serious business. I think I’ll go with something old, something new, and… something unfinished. Yes. Perfect.

First the “something new.” For this one, I’m going with The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson. First, it’s ginormous, so it will keep me busy for a while. Second, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Me + The Book on a deserted island = No More Excuses.

Second, the “something old,” would be my scriptures. Comforting, educational, inspirational. Stranded on a desert island for an unknown amount of time, I’ll probably need a lot of the first and the last!

Third, “something unfinished.” What better time to finish my current work-in-progress? I’d prefer doing it on my laptop (with the aforementioned solar charger), but give me a box of paper and another of pencils, and I’ll bet I could get a huge chunk of that baby finished—maybe the whole thing!

How long are we going to be here, anyway? And was there an error with the “desert” bit of this scenario? Maybe it was supposed to be “deserted.” I would never sign up for anything less comfy than tropical or sub-tropical… Has anyone seen my lawyer?


Patricia RedingAuthor of the Oathtaker Series
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Before I fully answer this question, I admit that I’m going to cheat juuuuuussssst a little bit. You see, I think that others might expect that I should respond to this question by listing first, the book of authority for…



“P.S. Broaddus” width=Author of The Unseen Chronicles
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I have a wonderful life. I’m surrounded, tackled, and set upon by four wonderful kiddos, loved by a beautiful wife, and I have several vocations I truly enjoy. I write, I teach, and I work in real estate. I get to be a part of restoring old buildings in a small yet interesting and thriving community.
All that said, getting stranded on a distant island sometimes sounds like a holiday. I wonder how long I would procrastinate starting a signal fire…


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How about you? What three books will you have on your desert(ed) island? We want to know!