Ever landed yourself in hot water when you go travelling?
I’m also a travelling disaster.
I’ve missed countless flights, got lost climbing umpteen hills and crossing countless fields, and looked stupid in front of more people than you would believe. That’s my thing, and I’ve come to see why it’s the ticket to good stories and memorable travel experiences.
About Fevered Mutterings
This blog began elsewhere, way back in 2004 – but it was only in shifting to WordPress in 2008 that it really found its voice (as I found mine).
It’s a travel blog with a difference. You’ll find stuff here concerned with the word “how” – how to hack a travel story, how to find one, or how to stop yourself being bored. But I’m usually more interested in the word “why“.
Why read? Why do so many bloggers give up? Why is travelling and coming back the only way to really see your home again? (My answer: it isn’t.). Why are we forgetting the art of walking everywhere? Why is “going local” the last thing you want to do when you travel?
I’m a grown-up version of that annoying kid you know who answers everything with “Why?”
(Sorry in advance.)
In Cyprus I had discovered National Geographic magazine, and hoarded copies like a curly-haired Gollum. I obsessed over them, loving the writing, mesmerized at how adults (adults!) could make the world sound so amazingly fun! The pictures were amazing – but the writing blew my mind. It was around this time that I started sinking deeper and deeper into fiction, starting off with Lord Of The Rings (which took me 9 months) and moving on to Asimov, Kingsley Amis, Roald Dahl and a host of other writers with keen, skewed perspectives of the world.
At some point during this time, I wonder how much fun it might be to become a professional writer, telling stories for a living. If people actually did that for living. Was that even allowed?
Skip forward. My family has moved to the UK, and I’m not sure what I want to do with my life. I leave school, drift through a number of tedious jobs for very little money – and at some point I’m leafing through an old copy of one of those National Geographics. Something in me says I need an adventure to get me out the rut I’m in.
A few weeks later, I spot an advert in an outdoors magazine for a walking expedition through the Austrian South Tyrol – and off I go.
I come home changed.
I’ve realised I wanted to go to University – which was the last thing I wanted when I left school. I’ve realised I do want to be a writer – but I figure the sensible, practical thing to do is to have a stable career first. In 2000 I go to University and choose…Archaeology. Briefly. Because if there’s only one job in the world less stable than being a writer, it’s being an archaeologist.
Cut to early 2012. I’m an office-monkey by day, and thanks to a blossoming fascination with the wider world, I’m a travel blogger by night. My work has been read out as part of the Travel Bloggers Exchange Community Keynote, my blog posts have been linked to by the likes of Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker, and I’m selling decent amounts of my writing work – but somehow I’m still holding myself back.
Why can’t I find a way to write fulltime? What am I waiting for?
And a few weeks later, I quit.
About What I Do
At the time of writing, I’m a freelance writer of no fixed abode. You might find me in the UK, lurking in my parental home. I may be escaping to the Mediterranean, probably to Greece or Italy (above). You may find me gallivanting haphazardly across some bleak European hillside, bound for disaster – which is how I seem to find material to write about, so I’m not questioning it too closely. I speak on writing and storytelling and I write about everything I’m enthusiastic about, which is a distressing amount of things to cram into one lifetime.
(For more of my work, check out my portfolio site).
Fevered Mutterings is where I currently blog for fun – but it’s merely the beginning of my online plans. I’m developing a storytelling consultancy business – site no. 2 – and writing serialised ebook fiction – site no. 3. Sign up for e-mail updates from my homepage, if you’re interested in learning more. (Thank you!). And in the meantime you’ll find me talking about travel, storytelling and all sorts of geekery here at Fevered Mutterings.
Income disclosure: I make a wee bit from advertising, and I make a wee bit from people who click Amazon affiliate links and end up buying something (which costs them nothing extra, while I get a tiny percentage). If there’s a link to something on Amazon in this blog, it’ll probably be an affiliate link. And I’ll probably spend any resulting money in an unwise fashion – see, General Theme Of Misfortune.
Thanks for reading!