Category Archives: Writing

My first book, BACKPACKING WITH DRACULA, is on Amazon!

Tweet It is with enormous satisfaction and pride that I announce the publication of my first solo, book-length project, Backpacking with Dracula. Honestly, so many nights and weekends have been dedicated to working on this project for the past year and a half, I guess the prevailing feeling I have…

The 10 best Lonely Planet articles of all time (that I wrote)

Tweet Why yes, this is a full-tilt, vanity listicle, shamelessly basking in personal achievement. You wanna make something of it? All right, then. I’ve already forgotten how this got started, but for some reason I was cataloging all the Lonely Planet articles I’d written from late-2010 to early-2015 and figured…

Six years of travel blogging

Tweet In February, Killing Batteries celebrated its sixth birthday. It occurred to me that I should post something back then, but I didn’t because, while I had many things to say, I couldn’t ignore the fact that ultimately I had no point. And “What’s Your Point?” is high on my…

Interview with Doug Mack, author of ‘Europe on 5 Wrong Turns a Day: One Man, Eight Countries, One Vintage Travel Guide’

Tweet Disclosure: That even on my best day, my book reviewing skills are amateurish notwithstanding, I am good friends with Doug and have therefore opted to skip doing a book review in favor of an only sporadically serious interview on his travels and scoring his first book, Europe on 5…

Failed travel pitches

Tweet Some days the requisite pitching that goes with being a freelance writer is akin to being the homeliest bachelor at the ball. Out of 20 women you ask to dance, 19 either say ‘no’ or don’t acknowledge your presence at all and the last one says “Yes! Just let…

How to write funny shit for your blog

Tweet What’s the secret to my modest success as a freelance writer? •    Timing (‘bad timing’ still counts as timing) •    Dreamy eyes •    Writing funny shit Funny shit is the great equalizer in the world of writing. The ability to write funny shit will often cause editors to forgive…

How to set up a travel blog

Tweet [You can now watch me read this piece on video!] I haven’t bothered Googling to find out for sure – because who has time? – but on the strength of mounting evidence, a post on this topic apparently doesn’t exist and is long overdue. According to figures that I…

So You Want to Be a Lonely Planet Author – Redux

Tweet (This is an amendment to the piece of the same name that I originally posted here in April of 2006. Whereas that piece was filled with personal details of my first, grueling LP guidebook gig, this one focuses on the mechanics and general pros and cons of work as…

Five well-written, on-the-road travel blogs

Tweet Remember these blogs? How Conor is Spending All His Money (now called Conor’s Mildly Thrilling Tales) No Place As Home The Great Wallnut I remember them fondly. They were the first travel blogs I read, way back during travel blogging’s Bronze Age (2003-06). I started this blog in February…

Writers that can’t type unite!!

Tweet In the past few months, I’ve made two very serious attempts to learn how to type. Anyone that’s taken the time to read my alternately revealing and unsettling ‘About Me’ page will know that I type with exactly four fingers: the thumb, index and middle fingers on my right…

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