Traveling Alone or Bringing a Partner

For the last 4-5 years, Darcy and I have been traveling together. Before this, I spent a few years traveling solo. I thought this section could be important to anyone who was going to bring a Significant Other, a friend, or a kid/parent. By and large, most people tend to travel alone, and pick up partners along the way if they’re going to the same … Continue reading Traveling Alone or Bringing a Partner

House-sitting: Packing! (The Fun Part!)

Part 5 of an ongoing series Later I will write a general packing list, but since this is a housesitting focused blog post, I’ll focus on what to bring when house sitting. For those of you who have traveled before, packing is easily the most exciting part of traveling. Partly because you have the chance to buy new gear before heading out. When I first … Continue reading House-sitting: Packing! (The Fun Part!)

Artists critiquing artists

As an artist, or writer, specifically, I’ve been critiqued. I’ve been critiqued when I ask for it, but more often, when I don’t ask for it. (Which isn’t to say, don’t give unsolicited critique, just keep doing you, but try not to critique unfinished work unless asked.) Creating anything, whether it be a painting, a book, song, dance performance, anything, is always a difficult undertaking. … Continue reading Artists critiquing artists

House-sitting: Choosing Where and Which Owners

Part 3 of an ongoing series In the last post, I briefly touched on choosing where to go. In this post I’ll continue that idea and talk about how to choose a homeowner. Choosing where to go is nearly 100% up to you. I say nearly, because of course, house sitting isn’t available in every country, or every city. I have talked to people who … Continue reading House-sitting: Choosing Where and Which Owners

House-sitting: Your Description – Sell yourself!

Part 2 of an ongoing series When I was at this point, the questions started to flood in. How do I get started? Where do I go? Do I need reviews? The easiest way to get started is by starting where you live. Put out a Facebook post, or an Instagram post. Better yet, respond to people looking for a house sit. The people that … Continue reading House-sitting: Your Description – Sell yourself!

The uncomfortable draw of social media

Since I recently self-published a novella, I’ve had to engage in social media. At least, more than I did before. This meant getting a Twitter page, a Snapchat account, and increasing my Instagram presence. That feeling of needing to be needed is immediate. I downloaded Snapchat two nights ago, and I found hundreds of people I had lost contact with when they either closed their … Continue reading The uncomfortable draw of social media

Some tips I picked up when I started a new Instagram account

  About a week and a half ago, I was fed up with the amount of photos I had with no one to show them to! It all sounds a bit shallow, but when one thinks about it, isn’t that why we take photos? I was there. I don’t really need a refresher on what happened, though I suppose it is nice to have one. … Continue reading Some tips I picked up when I started a new Instagram account

Since when did “Immigrant” mean “Illegal Immigrant?”

A few days ago I re-posted a painting someone did that had the words “A Nation of Immigrants” to my professional Instagram page. It’s technically correct, and not very offensive. (As a brief aside, I try to avoid anything that goes out of it’s way to offend people. Easier to make enemies, but better to make friends.) Someone with the last name “Garcia” commented “You … Continue reading Since when did “Immigrant” mean “Illegal Immigrant?”