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What I Learned From Criticizing Russia

There are times when, as a travel writer, you push the ‘publish’ button and you know. You just know. Fingernails are chewed nervously, stats are refreshed near constantly… Yes, you’ve just written a post about a negative aspect about your time abroad. 625 more words


The Value of Expat & Travel Writing

From the age of 14 I wanted to live in Japan. It was all I could think about, and I’d spend hours every day dreaming about the day I could move there.  840 more words


Writing Around The World

You may remember me mentioning the fact that I rekindled my love for writing when I started my first blog, From Casinos To Castles. This blog was created as a way to document my journey of taking a huge leap of faith in becoming an expatriate. 335 more words


The fear and fascination for death in a writer’s life

Peruvian novelist and essayist Mario Vargas Llosa said, “Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.” Now imagine if these “obsessions” and “memories” are horrific stories about acts of violence. 1,165 more words


"Fifteen Minutes of Fame" and Other Adages

Most people know that the saying, “Fifteen minutes of fame” originated with Andy Warhol.  The expression was first used when a catalog of an exhibition of Warhol’s work was published in 1968,  In it, Warhol discussed the nature of celebrity and wrote, “In the future, everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes.”  The phrase caught on and was shorted to… 786 more words


People watching as inspiration for writing fiction

My first creative writing exercise was to write a story about an object as a writing prompt. It was eye-opening for me because plucking a story out of thin air is pretty foreign to me, and I was happy to learn that a random object could act as inspiration. 582 more words


Tuesday Tease: The End.

The End.

Two words. I’m convinced those two words hold some type of magical power over an author. I don’t think I’ve ever met an author or a reader for that matter that wasn’t affected by those two words strung together. 505 more words

Life As A Writer