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Some Are Almost Derelict

As I was reading through the Lonely Planet guidebook on Indonesia, I came across a few phrases describing Ujung Kulon National Park that got me really excited. 

“On the remote southwestern tip of Java…” 

“Few people visit the park…” 

“…prime rainforest and untouched wilderness…” 

“…three-day hike across to the west coast…” (with a guide) 

“Conditions on the trail are basic – there are rough shelters, but some are almost derelict.” 

My first trip into true remoteness happened in Ghana. There’s a stilt village called Nzuluzu that sits above a lake on the far western coast. It took a bus, a tro tro ride, and then hiring a car because I got on the wrong tro tro, to get there. And the private car had to crawl over the excessively lumpy road, and a young guy kept leaning out the back door, banging the hubcap to make sure it stayed on. Then it was a canoe ride out to the stilt village – yes, I helped paddle. 

What did I get for all this trouble? Singing instead of television, clothing somewhat optional, eating fish from the lake and having no place to rush to. I got to experience a truly unique version of village life that reminded me of how complicated life doesn’t have to be. 

Isolated? A challenge to get to? Somewhere unique that may alter my perspective on life?  I’m there.

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Writing, Los Angeles and Traveling the World

Writing 

I write Fantasy and Science Fiction, short stories and books. Currently I am in hot pursuit of pro publication for my short stories. The big project is a seven book fantasy series that has taken over my brain, and my life. The main characters cornered me one night and insisted that I tell their story. It wasn’t their sharp swords that convinced me, but the determined look on their faces. This is truly a story I need to tell and I ask the Spirits for the ability to do it justice. 

Next week I’m going to WorldCon Renovation in Reno. This is my first time attending and I’m finding too many things I want to do at one time. I will be posting as regularly as possible to keep you up to date on events there.

Los Angeles – The City of Angels

You know all of those nasty things people say about Los Angeles? Well, some of them are true. There will certainly be days you’ll hear me complain about traffic and that idiot that cut me off, or worse yet, cut in front of me and then drove really slow. Grr. But there are also a lot of great things here. I plan to give you my take on both the good and the bad and everything in-between.

Traveling the World 

When the opportunity arises, I like to travel to places that are as different from home as possible. I’ve been to (in order): Europe, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mexico and China. I travel on a tight budget, no fancy hotels and tours, but a Lonely Planet guide book in one hand and a sense of adventure in my heart. 

I am currently deciding where I want to go next year. Indonesia is looking good, but I still need to research Malaysia and Cambodia. If you have any input, I would be glad to hear it. I guarantee that when I start following the Wanderer’s Compass, I will bring you along. We’ll have all sorts of fun together.