Tag Archive | travel

The Year Ahead

Well, the calendar has turned another page and we’ve all made it to 2016. Books and writing are, of course, in the works for this new year. Here are the plans for a couple of XC authors: Janet Loftis will be completing a couple of new short stories early in the year and may add […]

Happy Holidays!!!

It’s been a while since we’ve updated here, thanks to winter stealthily sneaking up on us and then hitting hard like the cold, cold beyotch that she is. Where did December come from? What happened to November?? Two of our authors were very busy this summer making an epic pilgrimage across Spain. Xina Marie Uhl […]

March Madness!

March has been a busy month for our authors, as two of them are planning an exhaustive 500-mile trek across Spain on foot. WHY WOULD YOU DO SUCH A THING? you ask. Well, the answers may be found in their blogs here and here. Neither of them are strangers to world traveling, although this will […]

What’s Up in February

Our XC Publishing authors have no lack of projects in the new year. For instance … Cheryl Dyson has been blogging every week about The Gauntlet series characters and world. She also continues to labor over Book III in the series. In the meantime, why not re-read The Gauntlet Thrown and The Challenge Accepted? Janet […]

Dancing in Antarctica (Part III)

The best vacations never leave you. The sights, the sounds, and the emotions stay with you forever, laying dormant in your mind until they rise to the surface with even the slightest of urgings. From glancing at a photograph or hearing a penguin honk on t.v. or listening to a song, it can take only […]

Dancing in Antarctica (Part II)

Our first landfall on the Antarctic Peninsula was later the same morning as my first time on the ship’s treadmill.  As I walked back to my cabin, exhilarated for the first time in days, I didn’t think I could feel more light-hearted than I had a few minutes earlier. But when the door closed behind […]

Adventures in Reading and Writing: the Arctic Edition

A dozen or so years ago, I went through a phase of reading travel adventure tales. Like other phases I’ve gone through, I became insatiable for months on end, gobbling up accounts of shipwrecks and quests for the source of the Nile, mountain men and pioneers, mountain climbers and Englishmen abducted by African slavers. And then […]

Dancing in Antarctica (Part I)

It’s a bit tricky to jog on a treadmill on the deck of a moving ship.  The pitch, the roll, your stride, your rhythm. You have to anticipate, to compensate as your foot lands short when the deck pitches upward, or extend your stride when the ship pitches down into the troughs. I’m not talking […]

Healing Through Horror

She was running after me as fast as her little legs would carry her. She ran and she ran, but she was old and tired. She couldn’t keep up with me as the airplane carried me away. She faded into the distance, a tiny animal swallowed by the blackness of my mind. I don’t know […]

San Diego’s Comic Con: A Celebration of Glorious Weirdness!

I remember reading once that the most universal characteristic separating humans from other, lesser, mammals is not brain size or the ability to manufacture a rocket that takes people to the moon, but something much more ordinary: a love of ornamentation. Humans are the only creatures that regularly and inexhaustibly change our clothing, jewelry, hair, […]

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