As writers we spend a lot of time inside the dark confines of our minds. We often take from the world and people around us to build tangible and realistic story elements. Our characters can often embody people we know well, which can get a little awkward. So, how do we create characters who are … Continue reading Details, Details, Details : Character Profiles
Creating a space in which to write is crucial for us all, but it looks different for everyone. Whether you enjoy a truly solitary space without distractions or flourish within the chaos of busy bodies around you, creating a space that will inspire and feed your creativity is the key here. So, how do you … Continue reading Fortress of Solitude: The Writer’s Sanctuary
Many people only have a week or two of vacation allowed with their jobs or school for a whole year. Sometimes we are also limited by finances and a lengthy stay just isn't in the cards. So, what do you do when your vagabond feet are itching? You could skip the trip and save it … Continue reading Highlight Trip: The Long Weekend
Growing up in Southern California I spent so much of my childhood at the beach. Being a redhead, I spent it slathered in sunscreen every couple hours, under the umbrella, fighting my mom about wearing a hat when none of my siblings were forced to, and playing in the surf. I love to swim, body surf, … Continue reading Cold Weather Blues: Destinations – St. Thomas USVI
If you live where the wind hurts your face 4 or more months out of the year, cold destinations are not always on your must-see list during those months. Being a born and raised California girl, I do love my warm sand between my toes and the salty ocean breeze on my skin. I do … Continue reading Cold Weather Blues: Destinations – Puerto Rico
trope /trōp/ noun trope; plural noun: tropes a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression. a significant or recurrent theme; a motif. As writers we often try to shy away from things that may be seen as trope or even as cliches. They feel predictable and commonplace and as creatives we aim to … Continue reading Tropes: They aren’t bad!
When you are curvy, plus-sized, thick or whatever you consider yourself to be, travel when you are larger than what is deemed "straight-sized" or "standard-sized" carries its own set of guidelines. I'm not talking about the unspoken "rules" that we seem to adopt when navigating the world. You know the ones I mean, take up … Continue reading Travel XL: A Curvy/Plus-Size Guide
Whether a rookie or a well-seasoned traveler, we all make mistakes. Sometimes we overpack, others we might fail to plan appropriately for the weather. Here are some common travel mistakes and a few tips to avoid making them. Not packing a battery/power bank. Cell phones, tablets, laptops and camera batteries all die. Oftentimes you will … Continue reading Travel Mistakes: We all make them!
Staying healthy while traveling can be a challenge. It doesn't seem to matter if you rarely get sick at home, even when the weather changes. When traveling, you are exposed to new environments, allergens and sometimes sicknesses which your body is ill-equipped with fending off. So, how do you avoid getting sick in new places? … Continue reading Staying Healthy While Traveling
Long-haul flights are easy to manage for some. They get to their seat, put in some earbuds and are snoring away while engines kick into motion, snoozing before take-off is even complete. Others find sleeping on a flight difficult. The coughing passengers, crying babies and the anticipation of arriving at your destination can make it … Continue reading Surviving a Sleepless Flight