Author Archives: Frank Fisher

About Frank Fisher

Just a Canadian author of YA and contemporary fiction.

Five Countries on My Bucket List!

            As you probably know by now, I live for travel. Like so many travel enthusiasts, I miss the glory days when we could freely travel around the world. It has been the biggest thing for me to swallow during the COVID pandemic. But when it’s over, I will be poised to travel again! Many of you are likely planning where you will go first when travel restrictions are lifted. I am too! I’m not exactly sure where I will go, but it may be one of the many countries on my bucket list. And fortunately, I have a South African girlfriend who is as passionate about travel as I am!

Today, I want to share with you the top five places I want to visit at some point post-COVID!

  1. Colombia
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This one may not be everyone’s cup of (insert drink). A few years ago, I visited South America for the first time and fell in love with it! I currently teach English at a school where 70% of my students are Colombian, and they have inspired me to visit their country. I’m hoping to visit Bogota, Medellin, Cartagena, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s hometown in Santa Marta. Another attraction to Colombia is that it is one of the biggest producers of my all-time favorite drink: coffee.

2. Japan

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I owe this to the many Japanese students I have taught English to over the years as well as the fact that I once dated a Japanese girl. I’m fascinated by the unique culture and history. Of course, I cannot deny my love for Japanese food, especially sushi. My Japanese aspirations include riding the famous Shinkansen (bullet train), visiting the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, and spending a night in a capsule hotel. I also hope to visit a sento, which means bathhouse. I have been told that this is a must-do for any Japan visit. The sento, as I have learned, was once the only place where the Japanese could wash themselves.

3. Norway

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I’ve been captivated by this nation since I was eleven. The Vikings, the fjords, etc. I am hoping to visit Norway during the winter months. I once befriended a Norwegian in Spain who commented on how special it is to be there during winter. Being from the Great White North, this won’t bother me a bit.

4. Australia

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My friends from New Zealand would probably jeer me if they read this, but I have wanted to go to the Land Down Under for ages! Venturing through the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as gazing at the 12 Apostles. Then, of course, there is sitting in a Sydney outdoor café after the exhausting long flight over there. And speaking of the incredibly long journey, Australia is worth it, IHO! And to keep my Kiwi friends happy, I’ll be sure to stop by NZ on my way home.

5. Kenya

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I’ve always wanted to go on an African safari, and I feel that Kenya is the place to make that happen! I also once did a project on the Maasai group, which first sparked my interest in Kenya. My girlfriend speaks highly about Kenya and she is more than willing to return there for my sake!

Which of these countries am I hoping to visit first? Everything depends on when travel restrictions are finally eased. It would likely come down to either Colombia or Japan. We shall see!

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Weekend Writing Warriors – the Mystery Man

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. Happy Holidays all! I’m continuing from last week’s snippet from Driving Me Wild. In case you missed it, the previous snippet can be found here.

In this snippet, Melissa’s friend, Cass, tickles here for not telling her about the guy she met on a dating app. Cass eventually lets Melissa catch her breath but keeps her pinned down. Melissa hands Cass her phone so she can see the mystery man’s profile. She discovers more surprising things about him (she and Melissa saw him in a restaurant). So here it is:

She brings the phone closer to her face, jaw falling again. “It’s that guy from Skyline! You matched with him? And accordin’ to this, you’ve been, like, textin’ him for a week?” She turns to me with eyes flashing with frisky evil.

I gulp. “Oh no!”

“Oh yeeeees, now you’re gonna get it!”

“Nooooooo!” I try to grab her wrists, but she’s too fast, and goes for my feet. I burst into a Category 5 laughing-flailing frenzy, flapping my arms like crazy, as her sharp nails wreak havoc on every nerve ending in my feet.

That’s the snippet. The rest of the excerpt goes like this:

“Caaaaaass, you-your naaaails! S-s-stoooooop!!”

“You brought this on yourself,” she cheeps.

I can barely breathe and I’m twisting and like I’m being electrocuted. My ribs are throbbing from laughter overkill, and you could probably hear me from the parking lot.

Melissa is getting let off easy, but she wouldn’t agree. Maybe this will learn her, huh? More from this the next time I participate. Thoughts and feedback are most welcome!

Unfortunately, me and the little lady didn’t go skiing. Stupid lack of snow; never comes when I want it to. Thanks for visiting! Wishing you love and peace this holiday season. COVID-19 has changed the way we celebrate it this year, but it hasn’t taken away the magic of it all.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Opps!

Hello and Happy Holidays! It’s great to be back on Weekend Writing Warriors after my hiatus! Many apologies, but I’ve been working two jobs these past few months! I hope you are just about set to celebrate what will be a “different” Christmas this year!

Today, I’m sharing a snippet from my WIP Driving Me Wild. The blurb can be found on the My Novel tab of my homepage. In this snippet, my heroine, Melissa, is spending a Cincinnati summer’s evening with her best friend, Cass, in a park. She has an upcoming date with a young man named Logan, and she wants to tell her friend about it. However, Melissa has been keeping Logan a secret from her (she met him online).

The snippet begins with Cass’s reaction after Melissa breaks the news of her date. This is in Melissa’s POV, and has been modified to meet the 10-sentence limit. So here it is:

Cass blinks rapidly before dropping her jaw, revealing a fully coated blue tongue thanks to her blueberry slushy. “Shut up? That’s so…hey, wait? You, like, hooked up with a guy, and didn’t even tell me?”

I swallow a big lump in my throat and shrug. “Uh…oops?”

I catch mischief glowing in her eyes just before she pounces on me, knocking me off my feet. The second I land backside on the grass she pins me down and tickles my stomach and armpits relentlessly. I go into a squall of uncontrollable guffawing and flailing. “I-I-I’m sorry,” I cry out in between laughing.

Well, ‘oops’ is certainly an understatement here. Oh, that Melissa. Keeping things from people is something she has to learn from. Will Cass give her a break? Find out in next week’s session!

I’d love to know what you think, as it will help during the editing stage!

I hope to participate next week before Christmas. I’m off to do some skiing with my girlfriend next week! Other than work, I’ve been keeping sane during the pandemic, and hope you have too. I’ve been learning acrylic painting for the last few months, and last week I finally finished my first painting (I worked on it for 2 days). I’m really into tropical seascapes.

Anyways, enjoy your Sunday, and thanks so much for visiting my blog today!

Frank

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