A Writer’s Life


Travels in Europe: So Now What?

This is the final installment of my Travels in Europe series. I spent five months roaming around the continent, taking prolific notes and mental snapshots of my experiences, which included pruning fig trees in Andalucia, searching for ancestors in southern Italy and witnessing Easter Week in Poland. The memories and […]


Travels in Europe: Writing On the Road

This is the sixth in a series of posts about how travel, reading, writing and communicating intersected during my five month European backpacking trip. Even though I set out on this adventure with no specific travel writing assignments or objectives (except to capture details in my journals), after about a […]


Travels in Europe: Going Gadgetless

This is the fifth in a series of posts about how travel, reading, writing and communicating intersected during my five month European backpacking trip. I had just said goodbye to my parents at Newark Airport and was standing in the security line when I felt a tap on my shoulder. […]


Travels in Europe: Journal Writing

This is the fourth in a series of posts about how travel, reading, writing and communicating intersected during my five month European backpacking trip. To lose a passport was the least of one’s worries, to lose a notebook was a catastrophe. — Bruce Chatwin The very thought makes me cringe. […]


Travels in Europe: Bookstore Browsing

This is the third in a series of posts about how travel, reading, writing and communicating intersected during my five month European backpacking trip. Bob Dylan played softly in the background as we leafed through magazines and dunked homemade chocolate chip cookies into our hot tea. After about an hour, […]


Travels in Europe: Reading on the Road

This is the second in a series of posts about how travel, reading, writing and communicating intersected during my recent five month European backpacking trip. I’ll start each post with questions about the topic. Please share your own ideas and experiences below. Topic Two: Reading on the Road Questions: What […]


Travels in Europe: Guidebooks

This is the first in a series of posts about how travel, reading, writing and communicating intersected during my recent five month backpacking trip through Europe. I’ll start each post with questions about the topic. Please share your own ideas and experiences in the comments section below. Topic One: Guidebooks […]


Travels in Europe: One Writer’s Perspective

As mentioned here previously, beginning this week I’ll be publishing a series of posts about my recent European travels. I hope that by sharing my personal perspective on certain aspects of the journey, the Written Road community can exchange ideas, strategies and stories related to topics such as journaling, pitching […]


Working on a 2nd Draft

Sitting down to rewrite an intro for a piece that has already been accepted, my memory calls up a time when a friend in a writers group said to me, “maybe you’re not meant to be a writer.” Sometimes I think about that and ponder the question. I’m actually thinking […]


The Robb Report as a pick up tool

I was in Vegas getting some sun at the exclusive Moorea Beach Club, a private adult only pool area at Mandalay Bay, when I thought of you readers. You single, male, affluent readers. The Moorea Beach Club is an absolute haven away from the masses that crowd the Mandalay Beach […]