First, there was the blog…now there’s a book. When I was putting together a collection of my travel stories in book form, I couldn’t decide on a name.
Then a smart friend suggested that it was staring me in the face: A Glass Half Full and other travel stories.
I am so excited to have in my hand at last a published collection of my own stories. While I’ve been a contributor to several travel anthologies over the past 10 years or so, there’s never been a permanent record of my stories – and I’m over the moon with how it looks!
Thanks to clever Brisbane graphic designer Megan Taylor, each chapter opens with a little line drawing – and her cover (based on an idea by my friend Julie McGlone) makes me smile whenever I see it.
The book is not a collection of stories from this blog; it’s made up of writings – both published and previously unpublished – from my travels in recent years (and some not so recent). Some have found their place in the travel pages of a number of (mostly Australian) magazines and newspapers; others, including my account of crossing the DMZ between North and South Korea in 2003, have never been published before. Some were written – or adapted – specially for this collection.
It was a big thrill to see it on display at the recent Margaret River Readers & Writers Festival in Western Australia last week, where I was a guest speaker on several interesting discussion panels – and to sign copies for those who bought it.
I had a lot of fun re-living some of my most memorable travels. I hope readers will enjoy it too.
A Glass Half Full and Other Travel Stories is available through Vivid Publishing (overseas orders welcome too!).