• General

    Tips on preparing for a research trip for your novel

    I’m back from my trip to Hilo, Hawaii for my novel. I spent five full days and two half days on the island, mostly on the Hilo (Eastern side) of the island. Though I would have liked to have stayed through a Sunday so I could have attended a church service (my novel’s setting includes a church in Hilo), I would say the experience provided me with a depth and interest in the island so that I am better able to write about the setting in my novel. Here are a few tips in preparing for the trip: Draft a day to day itinerary: I broke out my days by…

  • 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…

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    The Cusp

    What I’ve Done Two more weeks until the end of the year. What have I accomplished and learned? Well, I quit my job in January, I’ve traveled around the world, visited a friend in need of support, said hello to my grandmother -who doesn’t know her son has passed away, spent more time with my kids than I thought I would be able to enjoy (but I’ve enjoyed much and most of it), volunteered in my kid’s classroom and got to observe and appreciate what teachers really do for our children, volunteered in support of asylum seekers, spent more time with my mother. This is What I’ve Learned I learned…