On Cliche and Writers Block

On Clichés and Writer’s Block

Since I officially started my travel career – I have crossed North America several times over, visited NYC 8 times, lived in Paris for two weeks in a 6th floor walk-up (it seemed more like 10 floors without caffeine), celebrated my 30th birthday in Mexico and swam in the waters off my own private island in the Bahamas

and I’ve amassed thousands and thousands of photographs while doing so. I’ve had to buy more hard drive space in the last 12 months than I had to in the previous five years. I’ve met amazing people who have changed my life. I’ve found my voice. I’ve seen my dreams come true.

None of that is bad, what I’ve experienced in the last year has been [when all is said and done] – the greatest year of my life. Yet, I’ve been so busy traveling and taking photographs – that somehow I’ve lost the ability to share what I am experiencing when I am home at my computer. When I sit down to attempt a blog post – I experience that all too common problem that I’m not the first to struggle with:


I’ve dealt with it by populating this blog in clichés … pretty sunsets and lists of other great posts by greater writers and photographers than I am, all so that for one more minute I can avoid facing the real issue – I don’t know what to write. Here. I’m pitching more editors and travel publications than ever before. I’m even a part time editor at an online magazine. I’m in charge of social media for a number of travel and charitable organizations.

Meanwhile, my own blog suffers.

Even now.

So … enjoy this random sampling from my archives. I’m packing my bags to head to Argentina and Uruguay for the first half of May. I may jaunt over to Switzerland if things fall into place. After that, I’ll be traveling up the west coast of North America with stops in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle before ending in Vancouver for TBEX 11. Will I see you there, or along the way? I hope so.

I’m searching for inspiration. I’m writing the stories I’m hired to write. But I’m taking a break from this space for just a bit.

I hope you won’t unsubscribe. I hope you will still follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. I haven’t lost my voice for those outlets.

So safe travels and bon voyage to you. Thank you for following me thus far in this space. I don’t know when I’ll write again

I guess, when the words come back.

Merci beaucoup pour la lecture! Merci d’être une partie de ma vie!

  • May 01, 2011

    Sometimes you just need to take a break. Your fans won’t go anywhere because they are here to stay 😀

    • May 23, 2011

      What a kind and touching comment. Thank you soooo much. 

  • May 01, 2011

    Don’t worry, the words will come back and when they do, everyone will be ready to jump back in!

    • May 23, 2011

      You are so kind Lindsey. Merci beaucoup. I make my return Tuesday, with a post on Buenos Aires. Hope you are well in Paris. Le sigh – I miss it soooooo much. 

  • May 01, 2011

    You may be coming to Switzerland? When? 🙂

    • May 23, 2011

      Switzerland didn’t work out this time. I hope it will another time. If it does, I will let you know!!! 

  • May 01, 2011

    Of course we won’t unsubscribe, hun. I love love love that you’re taking a trip to Argentina. That’s one of the top countries in my ‘to visit’ list.

    Hun, everyone has writer’s block when it comes to their blogs. Heck, I’ve gone 3 months without posting before. Like Lindsey said, the words will come back. 🙂 You just take your time.

    • May 23, 2011

      Thank you Ceri. SO MUCH!!!! Your comments are always so kind and this is no different. I return to blogging Tuesday with a Buenos Aires story. 

  • May 01, 2011

    I understand writer’s block, I had writer’s block for almost two years. And it’s hard – there are so many different outlets for sharing: bloggin, tweeting, facebooking, tumbling, etc. that it is hard to do them all.

    I’m not going anywhere! I’ll just smile when you pop up on my google reader… whenever that next happens!

    • May 23, 2011

      Thank you for the uber kind comment Allison!!!!!! Merci beaucoup. I return to blogging Tuesday. Mark your calendar 😉 

  • May 01, 2011

    Great pictures. All the good luck with your travel career.

  • May 01, 2011

    Seems like you captured most of the blue around.

  • May 01, 2011

    I love those pink blossoms!

    Please let me know when you’re passing through San Francisco. I would love to meet you.


    • May 23, 2011

      Cheri, thank you so much for the sweet comment. When I am in San Francisco, I will make sure to let you know. I wouldn’t pass through town without trying to meet you. 

  • May 03, 2011

    I know exactly how you feel, this is what I’ve been going through as well. Your photos are always stunning though so it doesn’t matter if there are few words in between (but your words are fantastic as well). Have a great trip in Uruguay and Argentina and Switzerland! See you in Seattle! 🙂

    • May 03, 2011

      Thank you Annie!! I look forward to meeting you in Seattle too 🙂

  • May 04, 2011

    wow beautiful photos, where is it in the 1st picture? Mexico? I am not a writer, but I get creative block when it comes to design too. I understand how you feel when you talked about writer’s blog. However you have accomplish so many and done so many things in your life. I think that’s super amazing.

    • May 23, 2011

      Sarah the first photograph was taken in the Bahamas, a private island not far from Nassau. Thank you for the comment. I’m glad you understand! 

  • May 04, 2011

    The way I overcome writer’s block is to unwind in a nice B&B in the Catskills, play board games, drink tea and READ.

  • May 21, 2011

    Well now that I found your blog and subscribed I’m definitely looking forward to keeping up. Love you photos…so beautiful. So fantastic to meet and hang out in BsAs =)

    • May 23, 2011

      Thank you!!!! Wonderful to meet you both as well. It was truly great to make two more friends in the wonderful world of travel blogging. I hope that South America is treating you wonderfully and look out for a post on Buenos Aires Tuesday. 

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