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Chiang Mai, and musings about travel and writing

Where did the first 3 months of 2014 go? It’s ridiculous! It’s already March! So what’s been happening? Well, I am still in love with travelling. The bug has been there since I turned 21 and took my first 2-week vacation to London, and by now I am used to it infecting my every thought and overseeing how I spent every cent I earn. In preparation for the 3 week trip to Europe in May, I have, as usual before travelling, been spending time browsing pictures of past trips, and I found some photos from Chiang Mai which I never got to share with you. So here’s some eye candy before we get to more personal stuff.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand    Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand   Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand   Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Chiang Mai, Thailand   Chiang Mai, Thailand   Chiang Mai, Thailand   Chiang Mai, Thailand

Did you enjoy that? Chiang Mai is not exactly off the beaten track, but this series of images capture what I loved most about it – the colour, the spirituality and the art.

On a different note, my attention this year has been on polishing and pitching my adult fantasy novel called ‘When the River froze.’ A couple of rejections have already rolled in, but I get it. This is one weird, passionate and hurricane-like tale, and I can see why it wouldn’t appeal to every agent out there. But to the ones it does, it will blow their socks off. I believe in my work 100%, and I know I need to keep researching and pitching to agents I believe will love my work as much as I do.

How about you? What projects – travel or non-travel related – have you been working on?

-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis@www.theartofslowtravel.com

13 thoughts on “Chiang Mai, and musings about travel and writing”

  1. Lovely photos! I just returned a couple of weeks ago from a great journey…Myanmar diving, Thailand diving, Phuket, Phang Nga and Bangkok! And Elephant’s World, a sanctuary for them. It was an incredible trip.

    1. Hi Tam!

      Sounds amazing – quite a few places on that list I haven’t been to and looking forward to visiting.

  2. Hi Denise, yes I did enjoy your Chang Mai images. They’re beautiful and truly captured the spirit of CM. I wish you all the very best in your book. It’s great that you didn’t let couple of rejections crash your confidence in your work. Keep on pitching and with your determination it’s just a matter of time before you meet the right agent. I look forward to seeing you publish and reading you work. It sounds interesting.

    1. Hi Marisol,

      Thank you so much for much for your kind words. I don’t let rejections put me down. Publishing my book is a project like everything else, and I approach it as such.

      I’ll definitely never give up. There is no rush.

  3. Thanks for the visit to Chang Mai and for sharing the great images. Our friends have been there a few times.
    As for your novel I wish you all the very best for its publication. Keep your chin up and keep sending it to potential publishers. It’s hard I know when you get a rejection slip.
    I myself have been lucky to have a small market for travel magazine articles. Mostly camping stories. I hope that when I retire (soon I hope!) I can do more of this.
    Happy travels, happy writing and have a great weekend. I am joining you through Travel Photo Thursday.

    1. Thank you Jill!

      I had some success with publishing travel writing, but in the end I knew my heart was with novel-writing, so I have been focusing on that ever since.

      Well done with your camping stories!

      Happy weekend to you too.

  4. Oh don’t give up, writing and publishing are hard gigs, but the more we write the luckier we get. Good luck with your novel. Loved your photos of Chiang Mai – it’s somewhere I’d love to go one day. Have an awesome weekend :)

    1. Happy weekend to you too Johanna. I ll write until I die. No amount of rejections will put me down as long as I know I have done my very best and written the best I can.

  5. Love your photos and your attitude. You will make it for sure. I am in two minds about Chiang Mai. Think I shall have to go there and see for myself. Your photos are great.

    1. Hi Jan. Thank you. I am in too minds about Chiang Mai too. These photos show what I liked about it, but I stil feel I missed a lot of what expacts seem to love in this place. I am sure I’ll end up there again relatively soon.

  6. Hi Denise! Love your shots of my “second home” in Asia. Not everyone falls in love with Chiang Mai, and I think that’s a good thing. A lot has changed since my first visit back in 2002. Although I still enjoy spending time there, I’m not so sure that I actually want to pack up and make it a permanent move. Time will tell!

    Good luck with the novel!

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