I’ve been running The Writing Expedition for almost two decades in one form or another. It began as a Blogger travel blog when I was living in Bujumbura, Burundi, and grew into kind of nexus for all my publications and writing projects. This, my Pressfolios site, and my Substack newsletter have been really professionally useful, way more than the various Facebook pages I’ve started over the years. If you follow me here, especially if you’re a long-term reader of my posts, I’m grateful. It’s been a long road out of Africa to the UK, Austria, Ireland, Estonia, Denmark, Sweden, the Czech Republic, France, Thailand, Japan, and back to the States. Thanks for traveling with me.
Sometime in the next two weeks, you’ll notice some changes to this site that have been pending for a long time. Bluehost will be its new home (though the domain will stay the same—there’s nothing you have to do). The obnoxious advertisements will (thankfully) be going away. There will be discussion forums for asynchronous writing workshops. I’ll also be offering some Zoom courses and private tutorials, covering beginning through advanced fiction writing, the magazine publishing process, how to win writing contests (I’ve won a few), increased editing opportunities (books, and short pieces, fiction and nonfiction), and story doctoring (which means you’ve written something but you’re stuck—we work on unsticking you). My newsletter will be picking up again and my podcast will finally be getting underway.
I’ve been a bit dormant (for me) over the past two months, publishing one magazine short story, two columns in Splice Today, and a small collection of blog posts. Mostly, this is because I moved to a rural area on the big island of Hawaii and just needed to rest, meditate, and take a semi-working vacation for the first time in 10 years. It’s been glorious, but now it’s time to get busy.
Things I’m not going to do: spam you with advertisements or engage in aggravating e-marketing foolishness. Most of what I’m offering will be through this site. But I want to make this announcement, say thanks, and remind you that I’m still here, still inflicting my ideas and opinions on an unsuspecting world . . .