it takes a year to make a travel writer

being the guide in shanghai, april 2009

2009 has been a busy year of traveling, traveling and more traveling. some of it was travel for pleasure, other trips were induced more from need to get away. in fact, in many ways, 2009 was a banister year for me.

‘this is china, a guidebook for teachers, backpackers and other lunatics’ was finally released in july, after a long, unfortunately drawn out contract finally came to a painful demise when my publisher, duffie books, went bust. i got my first real foray into the world of travel writing at sites like the circumference, your 24 and unearthing asia.  this time last year, bill and i were surviving a cold, wet irish winter in our tiny basement flat in rathmines. now we are spending our days writing and computing from a cozy albuquerque apartment. i guess it takes a year to make a travel writer. [tweetmeme] Continue reading “it takes a year to make a travel writer”

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the life of a travel writer

when i realized this morning that it has been nearly 2 months since my last blog entry, i almost spit up my bewley’s tea. where has the time gone? and what has gotten into me? i am a professional writer, forgod’sake! you’d think i’d be able to keep up my own blog.

[tweetmeme] therein lies the problem. i’ve been doing so much writing lately, i have neglected my own blog. and there’s only one surefire way to cure blog neglect: REDESIGN. so that’s what i’ve done. i’ve finally jumped on the wordpress bandwagon (as it is now the industry standard for blogging), and figured out a way to import the wordpress blog to iMac by using an iFrame and some very good advice from Artotems. i love macintosh, but it is not always the most compatible thing in the world with other products, and that does bother me. nonetheless, you can now find gypsytracks on both wordpress and my own website, which is great. Continue reading “the life of a travel writer”

who would’ve thought…?

Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, 2009

after all these years, i have ended up back in new mexico. what an interesting irony life is. i suppose perhaps the most ironic thing of all is that i could not be happier to be here. enjoying the blue blue sky and the warmth of the desert sun on my face. the sweet lack of humidity. and green chile, oh yes, green chile. there is so much to love about new mexico. Continue reading “who would’ve thought…?”