A Window into My Writing Life

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A couple of weeks ago, my good friend and award-winning travel journalist and photographer Lola Akinmade Akerstrom invited me to participate in a writers’ “blog hop,” in which nominated writers talk about their work and what they hope to achieve. You can read Lola’s views on her writing life here.

I’m delighted and honored to be a part of this fun and timely project, as I head to a writers conference in New Zealand later this month.

In between trips to Guadeloupe, Belize and Jamaica over the past six months–from guidebook work to service pieces–I’ve reflected quite a bit on my writing: how far I’ve come, where I’d like to be, where I need to improve.

In addition to applying for and being accepted into Travel Classics (more on that soon) last Fall, I decided to invest in a writing workshop this Fall, to keep improving and keep learning from the best. I’ve been reading a lot more as well.

Below are my answers to what my (travel) writing life looks like at the moment and why I do what I do.

A week from today, three writers I respect–Julie Schwietert Collazo, Rosalind Cummings-Yeates, and Diana O’Gilvie–will share their writing process and answer the same questions, below.

1) What am I writing now?

I am in the editing and revision phase of my second title for Moon Guides, Belize Cayes, due out in November 2014.

While I never imagined my first and second publications would be travel guidebooks, it has been a positive experience in many >> Continue reading »

Postcards: Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry BlossomsYesterday, at the invitation of a visiting friend who is new to Washington DC area, I braved the crowds and witnessed the cherry blossoms at their peak bloom. The chance of this happening, by the way, is one in four–according to our excellent guide from Washington Walks. Whether you’re new to the area or not, I highly recommend them for some great local tips and insight into this city (including what not to miss at the various Smithsonian museums).

It didn’t take much arm twisting to get me out there. I was looking forward to taking a break from my heavy workload as I prepare for my upcoming trip to New Zealand (more on that soon). Besides that, I was inspired the day before by National Geographic Traveler’s live, virtual photo workshop and Google Hangout with Dan Westergren, on how to shoot the cherry blossoms.

Below are some photos from our afternoon, from catching a few minutes of the Cherry Blossom Festival parade to strolling the tidal >> Continue reading »