• General,  Novel Writing,  Travel

    Literary Travel

    I’m writing a book set mostly in Hilo, Hawaii. I’m visiting the town this month and it will be the first time I’ve gone to a place with the sole intent to research and gather information for my novel. Granted, this is also my first novel. Because two of the five days will be consumed by traveling to and from Hilo, I’ve planned out every hour of every day of the five day trip. I have two appointments to meet with local pastors and rented a car for two days. I plan to walk the town the rest of the time. Having visited Hilo on vacation in 2017, I have…

  • Travel

    Is There Such Thing As ‘No Fear’ Travel?

    There have been a disturbing number of women, traveling in a foreign country, being murdered. I woke up this morning to the news of a Norway woman and a Denmark woman having been murdered in Morocco, a place I had recently spent some time planning a trip for in February, a trip alone. In the planning phases, I researched other female bloggers who had traveled to that location themselves. Some had horrible experiences of men following them and throwing things at them, others said if one handled the situation properly, the mannerisms of the locals are not that disturbing. In the end, I decided to not go, mostly due to…