THANK YOU for all the years you have virtually traveled with me. I am grateful for the support you have shown by reading my stories, enjoying my photos, and attending my travel presentations. Until supplies run out (I have hundreds) I am sending a postcard to each of my readers who asks. They are from … More A Token of Thanks from Me to You…
My latest column is now online at Expat Focus. This month I write about literature as it relates to the way I travel. Please click here to read this month’s column, then come back here for a few snapshots of places I’ve been, inspired by books I’ve read.
Celebrate failure with me! I created this for writers, but anyone can participate. It only takes a willingness to fail. Commit to getting 45 REJECTIONS with me. If you get an acceptance along the way, great. We’ll dance for that together. But let’s focus on submitting and celebrating rejection, as part of the process of … More 45 Failures
Today’s photo is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I’ve been writing about our too-short visit to that city, combined with a few small pieces I’ve written about colonialism during my African travels. It weaves colonization, religious fanaticism, and folklore. It is certainly too long already, though not altogether boring. But some days I write all day … More Arat Kilo Monument in Addis Ababa
You guys are the best. I have been getting your questions and comments for our first author, Futhi Ntshingila, and I am really proud to send them to her. You guys really read and think like pros! If you haven’t submitted your questions, you can still get them to me by midnight tonight. I’m sending … More What Would You Say to an Author?
Calling all South Africans! I have many questions for you today… Can you tell me your favorite constellations and places to view the night sky? I’ve already looked up the observatories online (and am loving the SAAO website), but if I’ve figured out one thing about South Africans, it’s that each of you have great … More There is No Man in the Moon in South Africa?
Our holiday in Paris for Bastille Day included a tour away from the city to the Palace of Versailles, where I could not stay focused on everything around me because my attention was always toward the ceiling. I loved playing with the light and angles in my photography, and wanted to share one of the … More A Ceiling in Versailles
Welcome to another segment of Writer Wednesday, dear readers. I’m excited to share a post about writer Beth Gilstrap. I was fortunate to room with Beth Ms. Gilstrap for a bit when we were getting our MFA degrees at Chatham. Although she majored in Fiction, Gilstrap has been published in Nonfiction as well. Her debut … More Beth Gilstrap is Bringin’ it!
Hello, Traveling Marla readers! Marla asked her guest posters to take over her blog and make it ours. But truthfully, if I had control over Marla’s blog, I wouldn’t change a thing. Let’s be honest here: really only Marla can write her blog, because it is such a lovely reflection of the unique person she … More The Joys of the Unpublished Writer: Figuring it All Out
1. Brynn Saito made me cry this morning and it really pissed me off. But it got me thinking about all the things that are necessary to survival that we don’t always do, like cry, or eat, or breathe. No I’ve never gone hungry but I’ve woken alone with a ghost in my throat and … More Just Because Air is Free Doesn’t Mean You Breathe (and Other Free Things)