Author Archives: Frank Fisher

About Frank Fisher

Canadian author of YA and contemporary fiction.

Go local! Travel local!

Lake Ontario

 

 

COVID-19 has thrown many social pleasures out the window, from weddings, summer festivals to concerts. But the pandemic has curtailed one of life’s biggest pleasures: travel. With global travel restrictions in place and pockets of rising cases, it seems like travel is the last thing on anyone’s mind. I, myself, had several big trips derailed due to the pandemic: skiing in Banff, California and Colombia. Regrettably, I don’t think I’ll be going abroad for the rest of the year!

Being a travel enthusiast, I feel somewhat empty inside not being able to indulge in one of my greatest pleasures. You fellow ‘wanderlusters’ probably feel the same way. But just because there are worldwide travel restrictions doesn’t necessarily mean travel has to go out the window completely. Now is the perfect time to play tourist in your own backyard and go ‘local’. And that’s what I’ve been doing for the last month now.

I’ve been visiting towns and villages near my home that I either have never been to or haven’t been to since I was a child. And now that I have, I’m discovering local treasures I never knew existed. For example, I recently visited a town nearly seventy miles from my house. It turned out to be along this pretty river known for paddling and rafting. It also was a quaint town to walk around, I felt as if I was experiencing a more authentic Ontario. In another example, I went to a lakeside town that has a renowned theatre, and is popular with couples. It is also in the heart of Niagara wine country with vineyards galore!

town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

 

If you set your travel radar to local, you can have similar experiences as me! Chances are your home is nearby to countless ‘treasures’. Not convinced? Try doing a Google search or use an app I love called Culture Trip. You can use it to find various travel tips and insights on practically any destination worldwide. I normally use to look up places I plan to visit on any trip abroad. Give it a try! I’m sure you’ll be able to find places within 80 miles of your home, which would make the perfect daytrip!

Overnight stays at a hotel/motel may not be plausible for obvious reasons, so it’s best to look for places you can easily visit for the day. Not only will you discover new local treasures, you will have an opportunity for a selfie or two to add to your Instagram feed! So get online, discover travel-worthy locales and keep up on traveling. The day will come when we can all get back to savoring the great wonders of the world! I know I will when that day comes!

Happy ‘local’ traveling, where ever that might be!

 

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Please Go Away!

 

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link for the official list of participating writers. You’ll also find me on Facebook’s Snippet Sunday. Thanks for visiting my blog! Today is particularly special for the first time ever, this week’s edition coincides with my birthday today!

I’m sharing an excerpt from my WIP, Driving Me Wild.  We continue a few lines from last week’s snippet.

Melissa is in her room, trying to take a nap, when her sister, Ashley, knocks on her door. Melissa doesn’t appreciate being disturbed as she needs rest before her date with Logan.

The snippet begins with Melissa reacting to Ashley disturbing her. Creative punctuation has been used to meet the sentence limit.  Here we go!

 

           “Geez maneez, what part of ‘do not disturb’ didn’t ya understand?!”

            My door creaks open as feet shuffling across my carpet fills the air. “Hey, I did get a C minus in English,” Ashley chirps with a cackle.

            What gives? I never bother her when she’s trying to take a nap.

            She pulls up my chair beside my bed, facing me. “The hell happened to you?”

            I grunt and answer, “Let’s just say Mike has, like, more energy than the Road Runner, and that playin’ basketball in flip-flops sucks!”

            Another cackle sails my way.

            “Get lost,” I hiss, “can’t you see I’m tryin’ get a little beauty rest?”

 

 

Better do what she says, Ashley! Have some sympathy, will ya? And note that Mike is the name of the boy Melissa babysits (they have a great relationship). I will likely share a snippet from a different chapter next time. Thoughts and feedback are most welcome!

I will be doing the best I can do enjoy my birthday. Intending to do Japanese takeout and later smoke a birthday stogy! I’ll make sure to stop by your blogs today, as well! In other happy news, this time next week I will be moving into my new condo!

Here’s to another Sunday!

 

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Weekend Writing Warriors/#8Sunday – Need Rest

 

 

Hey yall! Time to get your snippet fixings from Weekend Writing Warriors. Click on the link for the official list of participating writers. You’ll also find me on Facebook’s Snippet Sunday. Thanks for visiting my blog!

I’m sharing an excerpt from my WIP, Driving Me Wild.  Melissa is coming home from a morning of babysitting, and is in need of some rest before her big date with Logan.

The snippet begins where Melissa goes into detail about how her charge wanted to play tag and basketball – something she wished she had known arriving at said charge’s house.

Creative punctuation has been used to meet the sentence limit.  Here we go!

 

            It would have been nice to know this before I left home because then I would have worn sneakers instead of flip-flops. And basketball in flip-flops is a bad idea – a really bad idea! Eventually, I gave up and played it – as well as tag – barefoot, which wasn’t any better because my poor feet took a beating from the stones, dirt and who-knows-what-else I stepped on.

            I groan and grimace as I roll my bike into the garage. I ‘ow-ow-ow’ all the way into my house, which feels like a trek across a bed of red-hot coals.

            “Sup, sistah,” Ashley chimes with a beam on her face as I set my keys on the entryway table. She’s stretched out on the sofa, her legs resting on her boyfriend’s lap as he rubs her feet.

            He greets me with a wave.

            Kicking off my sandals, I salute them halfheartedly. “Gonna take a nap, do not disturb, got it?”

 

Poor Melissa! Unfortunately, Ashley won’t let her sleep peacefully. More on that next week. Your thoughts and feedback are, as always, most appreciated!

The weather is finally starting to look as it should, which means I can get some biking in between work-from-home and writing. I hope the weather is nice wherever you are, and that COVID measures are loosening up a little.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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