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A New Adventure: I’m Writing a Book (& a giveaway)

Writing in Istanbul

Writing in Istanbul, Turkey

There’s really no beating around the bush here, as the title gives it all away. I’ve alluded to this in the past and openly talk about it with friends and family, but I rarely mention it on this blog or any of my social media. I’m not quite sure why, but I thought it was high time to do it, purely to put it out there. Once it’s out there, I can’t take it away. I’m writing a book.

I’ve always loved writing. I went through the natural stages of learning how to write growing up: illustrated children’s stories in elementary school, terribly emotional poetry in junior high, attempts at short stories in high school and university. I discovered blogging in 2003, and for the past twelve years I have been writing about life – mostly about a life of travel – on the internet. To be honest, I never thought that many of my blog posts were very good. They were expressions of who I was at the time and, almost more importantly, where I was. Something in the back of my mind always wanted to explore writing more, though, and to see what I was capable of.

At the same time, I always dreamed of doing a master’s degree. I value education immensely and I hope to always be learning in some capacity. Two and a half years ago I sat in hostels across South America and scoured the internet for potential graduate degrees in various European cities. The truth was, however, that my heart belonged to London. I needed to find a program that would allow me to live in the city and write full-time. There were plenty of universities and colleges that would allow that, but there was one problem: they all offered creative writing courses… in fiction. I wanted to hone my non-fiction skills, learn how to become a better and more evocative travel writer.

Osaka Journal

Journalling in Osaka, Japan

And then, on a gloomy day in Chile, I found exactly what I was searching for: a Master’s degree in Creative (Non-Fiction) Writing. I turned to Kerri, who was sitting beside me on the hostel lounge’s couch.

“Oh my God,” I said. “I’m moving to London and I’m going to study writing.”

Everything hinged on this one school; I didn’t apply anywhere else, and I don’t know what I would have done if I wasn’t accepted. When I got back to Canada I put together my application – including a few of what I considered my best blog posts – and mailed it off to England. Five days later, I got an email with a request for a Skype interview. I decided to fly to London instead and check it out; my friend Mark had a couch for me to sleep on, and I wanted to see if London really was the place I saw myself living for the next few years.

At the end of my interview, my advisor started talking logistically – when I’d move to London, how I’d get a visa, etc. I stopped her.

“I’m sorry to interrupt, but does this mean I’ve been accepted?” With her response – yes – a new life in London began to reveal itself. I moved here a few months later, and immediately started the program. A two-year degree, the end goal is to have a book written and ready for agents and publishers to view.

And so, that’s what I’ve been working on. It’s been a strange journey so far, with so many of my words slashed and dragged through the mud. I’ve cried and I’ve laughed and I’ve cried some more; I’ve also made some amazing friends in the small group of women that make up my class. We edit each other’s work, encourage each other, and, as one, work together to find our voices and become the best writers we can be. It’s finally dawning on me that by this summer I will have the rough draft of my first book. By the autumn I’ll have the final(ish) draft. It’s a strange and almost euphoric feeling, to know that I will have accomplished something so tangible, so real. On top of that, I’ve made a career out of writing for big companies and websites, something I could have never predicted as that kid writing fairy tales while sitting on my bed.

Breakfast in Thailand

Office space in Bangkok, Thailand

The hardest part of this entire journey was figuring out exactly what I wanted to write about, and why. At the end of the day, the book I’m writing is an examination of wanderlust and why it spurs some of us on so strongly, why it forces us to create lives that are at times difficult and lonely. I’m writing about the addictive power of a plane ticket and a new view of the world, of the moments when you’re sitting on a beach watching the sun dip below the water and everything is just perfect. If you’ve read this blog for a little while, you know that I have a series called “The Last Time I Saw You” – if you like that series, you’ll probably like the style/structure of the book. Stories like the one about my grandmother, or the one to my ex-boyfriend, or the one with Kerri, or the one with the random backpacker, or the one where I thought I fell in love in Guatemala, or the one in India, are all good examples of what the book will hold.

There’s still a lot of hard work to do. I mean, I still have to write the rest of the damn thing, and edit all of the words I already have. I’ve mentioned before that my mum is an author; she has been an endless well of inspiration and advice, and I’m so grateful for her in so many ways. Thankfully I have a lot of other wonderful people in my life to help, and I have to admit that having such an incredible community from this blog is a constant means of encouragement and support for me. Writing this book is the main reason I’ve decided to not travel as much as I usually do this year… it’s a whole different adventure, one I’m just as excited about.

So there you have it. That’s it. I just wanted to put it here, on this blog, where so many bits of my life have already been written and put into the ether. Now this is here, too. I guess I had better get writing.

Travel Journal

 I believe journals are great for getting down your thoughts, random as they may be… so I’m giving away this travel journal and a few other surprises. All you have to do is comment on this post to be entered (I’ll choose one comment at random by Friday, February 27th).

Have you ever written or considering writing a book? Would you… *cough cough* be interested in reading the book I’m writing? 

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168 Responses to A New Adventure: I’m Writing a Book (& a giveaway)

  1. steph February 22, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    exciting news! i’ve followed you for years and love the journey you’ve been on. i always enjoy your writing and will be sure to get a copy of your book once it’s published. woo!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Thank you so much, Steph! I always love when you comment.

  2. Kisha February 22, 2015 at 7:38 pm #

    No need to enter me into the giveaway, I just wanted to comment to say how very proud I am of you my friend. I’m so happy our paths crossed all those years ago. It’s rare that someone truly follows their heart and passion and that’s precisely what you’ve done. When your book hits shelves I’ll be among the first to pick up a copy! xx

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

      Thank you so much Kisha, I really appreciate your support!

  3. Kiara Gallop February 22, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

    Yes I’d most definitely be interested in reading the book you’re writing. It’s a really interesting concept you’re exploring, and you have such a beautiful way with words 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

      Thank you so much, Kiara! You’re too kind.

  4. Paige February 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    Love it! How can I pre-order my copy? : ) I’m working on finishing up my MFA in fiction this year, and I’m actually taking a creative nonfiction workshop as an elective this semester, and last week we were just talking about how the epistolary style is so exciting but really underused (at least in the work we’ve been looking at in our class)! I also loved your description of grad school writing classes–the grueling editing, the cohort support systems, all so true. Great post and good luck!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

      Oh that’s so awesome to hear! I’m glad that other people are interested in the epistolary style. Thank you so much for your kind comments, really put a smile on my face!

  5. Shi Pleasant February 22, 2015 at 8:04 pm #

    I’d love to write a book one day when I discover the story I want to tell. Until then, I really enjoy just writing for myself and keeping journals when I travel. I want to take one with me when I backpack Europe this summer by myself. If my apartment was burning down, my old journals would be one of the things I would try to save. I think I’ve read most of your stories at least two or three times, so I absolutely cannot wait to read your book, Brenna!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm #

      That’s the hardest part… realising the story you’d like to tell. I would also save all my old journals if I could! Thank you so much for your support over the years, it means so much to me.

  6. Stephanie February 22, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    This is so exciting!! I love reading your posts and I’m really looking forward to reading your book! Writing has always been a love of mine since I was a child. When I dwindled my life down to only what fits in my car, I ended up tossing a stack of notebooks out with all of my stories over the years (after saving some of my favorites to my laptop, of course). It’s really inspiring to see you chasing and catching that dream. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to figure out my story and tell it, too. Keep at it, girl!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm #

      Thank you very much, Stephanie! Your encouragement really means a lot. It’s great to know I’m not the only one who hangs on to all those old notebooks! I hope you write your book soon, too. 🙂

  7. Tara February 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    Good for you and congrats! I have read your blog for awhile and really enjoy your posts. Good luck.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

      Thank you very much, Tara!

  8. Miriam Vidal February 22, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Since I started following you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram I have rediscovered my love of traveling! I am so excited for you new adventure and can’t wait to read your stories. I hope one day soon to have my own adventure 🙂 Good luck with the book!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      Aw, thank you, Miriam! I always love when you comment. Happy travels!

  9. Megan February 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    I wrote a women’s hiking guide, The Appalachian Trail Girl’s Guide. It was the most difficult thing ever! Good luck to you.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

      I know – it is quite difficult, but I think it will be worth it! Thanks Megan.

  10. Meaghan Denomme February 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    I am so excited for this. I love your writing more than I could tell you. I love reading it, I love sharing it, and I will love putting it on my bookshelf. Love love love.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

      Thank you!! You have been such a big supporter for so long, I am so grateful. Love to you my friend.

  11. Miriam Vidal February 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    Since I started following you on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram I have rediscovered my love of traveling! I am excited about your new adventure and can’t wait to read your stories. I hope one day soon I can write about my own traveling experience! Good luck with the book!

  12. Nikita February 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    This is such fantastic news! I love your writing, and would absolutely love to read it through a new medium. Though blogs are amazing, I do prefer reding an actual book. And the premise sounds really interesting!
    Anyways, that’s all. Thought you could use some encouragement, and I’m looking forward to reading it!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      Thank you so much Nikita… I always really appreciate your comments! I definitely need the encouragement, ha ha…

  13. Ashley February 22, 2015 at 8:45 pm #

    Your blog posts are always so eloquently written, and I’m sure your book will be no different! I love the concept of your book and I would most definitely be interesting in reading it!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ashley! That really means a lot.

  14. Alex Loaiza February 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    Hi Brenna, these are great news. I’ve been following for a long time on your blig and social media and i just love to read your blog, your tweets and the best is to look at your pictures on Instagram. Answering your questions, i don’t think i would write a book or at least it’s not in my plans since i like photography more than writing. However, i will make sure to read your book because i enjoy reading and more if it’s about travel. I was waiting for this news to come out because a few months ago you gave the hint and i told you i couldn’t wait to read a book written by you.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

      Thank you so much, Alex! I really appreciate all of your comments and your support.

  15. Kathe February 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    Would love to read your book. At 72 have started on many adventures that I have not had time or money for before. Yes. I am bitten by the bug!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:08 pm #

      Thank you so much, Kathe! Happy travels and best of luck on your adventures…

  16. Jenny February 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Hi Brenna, have always loved your blog posts, will definitely be interested to read your book!!!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      Thank you so much Jenny!!

  17. Frances February 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    I love travel literature / nonfiction and I am sure to read your book.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 5:07 pm #

      Thank you, Frances!

  18. seanie morrison February 22, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    Hello Brenna,
    I will keep my eye out for it and good luck. I am writing my memoir and have been struggling to get it done, I like the battered suitcase because it and you are akin to mine which is called the “black suitcase” which my mother gave me in 1949 before leaving me locked up in an institution in Ireland at age 13. This suitcase I still have and the many letters and photo’s associated with my life is what it contains. I am at page 140 11x8s and that is only the first 21 years and am tempted to stop there and consider another book to follow. You will do very well having studied in London.
    best regards.
    Seanie

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

      Thank you very much, Seanie… good luck with your memoir, too.

  19. Kaitlyn February 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it!
    I’ve been following your blog since 2012 and I love it. Your writing is inspired me step out of my routine and travel.
    Wishing you a happy book writing!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

      Thank you so much, Kaitlyn! That’s so amazing that you’ve been following along for so many years, I really appreciate it.

  20. Hannah February 22, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    wow brenna! Congratulations! Your book sounds like it’ll be an awesome read – I love your ‘letters to…’ Posts!

    I’m curious, are you working/stuying and writing? Or have you now stopped working to concentrate on the book? All three sounds like it’d be a bit much!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

      Thank you, Hannah! I’m pretty excited about it. I haven’t stopped working, I’m doing this on top of everything (although it is part of my Master’s degree). It really is a bit much at time, but I’m enjoying it!

  21. Mélissa February 22, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    I’m so excited at the idea of reading a whole book filled with your words, your stories and your vibrant way to describe the world ! I’ll definitly be one of your readers. Courage for the following months, I know this new adventure will bring you a lot of happiness and emotions, and we’ll find it all in your pages. Can’t wait !

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

      Aw, thank you so much Melissa! I really appreciate all of your nice comments and support.

  22. Ashley February 22, 2015 at 11:11 pm #

    No, but I wish I was eloquent enough to write a book. I love your stories on your blog so I can’t wait to read your book! 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ashley!

  23. Melanie February 22, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Hey Brenna,

    Just wanted to say congratulations! I can’t wait til it’s published and I can get my hands on it. Reading your posts I’ve always said that I hope you write a book some day and my wishes have been answered. 🙂 There definitely is a need for more books in the travel/autobiography genre and I’m sure yours will be a great addition. Best of luck!

    Melanie

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

      Aw, thank you Melanie! What a nice comment to receive. I really appreciate your support!

  24. Emily February 22, 2015 at 11:34 pm #

    How exciting! I would like to write a book someday, but not in the way you might think. I’d love to publish a book of translations. English-speakers, Americans in particular, read so little in translation and I’d love to play a (very small) part in changing that.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

      Oh wow, that book sounds really interesting!

  25. Katie @ The World on my Necklace February 22, 2015 at 11:39 pm #

    I would definitely be interested in reading your book Brenna! I love that travel journal and it would be perfect for my up coming solo trip to British Columbia and Alaska where I will be taking ferries up the coast from Vancouver Island and into Alaska 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

      Thank you so much, Katie! That sounds like an amazing trip…

  26. Amanda February 22, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

    I was struck with wanderlust at the age of 23. Before then I loved my trips away but it was Costa Rica that ignited the biggest fire inside myself I had ever seen. I thought, ok one more trip. But during that trip I said wait, no this isn’t going away. I decided I need to figure out a way to live a life on the road.

    Since then I have traveled around Asia, North America and Europe. I’m graduating from my life coach training next month to have a job I am passionate about while travelling the world. I also, magically became a published author this year ! It was a long time goal and I had no idea I would make it come true so soon.

    I will leave on my nomadic journey Dec 2015 starting with a few months in Hawaii.

    I love reading you posts and can’t wait to read your book !

    From one wanderluster to another, thank you for your inspiration 🙂

    Amanda

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

      Thank you so much for sharing your story here, Amanda! It sounds like you have another amazing journey coming up. Happy travels and thanks again!

  27. Camille February 22, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

    That’s so exciting, Brenna! You’re blog is so refreshing because I know whenever I view a post I’m getting something much deeper than a travel-guide. Creative writing isn’t something I’m good at, so I’ll leave the books to those like you that possess that talent!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

      Aw, thank you so much Camille! I really appreciate your support.

  28. Ruth February 22, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

    I would like to write a book in theory, but I have no idea what I would write about or if I would have the dedication it would take to finish it!

    I would absolutely love to read what you’re writing, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog for the past few years, and seeing how it has evolved. You make all of your posts so incredibly enjoyable, and I love reading about your various adventures in places all around the world! I do like it when you link to previous posts you’ve written too because I always end up going back and re-reading them! Good Luck with the rest of your writing, can’t wait to hear any updates about how it’s going – or even to get a sneak preview soon?! 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

      Wow, thank you for so many years of support! It’s always so nice when you comment… you are too kind. 🙂

      I think that figuring out what I wanted to write about was the hardest part, but now that I have that, I’m enjoying it so much more. I will definitely keep you updated on what’s happening… I’m sure the entire process will take ages!

  29. Katie Moore February 23, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    I would love to read a book written by you! I adore reading travel books. Well, all kinds of books, really.

    I personally haven’t written a book, though I’ve thought about it. And eventually, having a job in academia, I will have to. Right now I’m totally fine with just reading as many books as possible.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

      Thank you so much, Katie! I try to read a lot, too, I find so much inspiration in reading other books…

  30. Sarah February 23, 2015 at 12:38 am #

    I find it very inspiring that you’re writing a book! Good luck with it, it’s definitely not an easy task! Looking forward to reading the finished product!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

      Thank you so much, Sarah!

  31. Madeleine February 23, 2015 at 1:12 am #

    This sounds like such a wonderful achievement! Your words have inspired so many people to just get up and embrace lifes opportunities (including me) and I hope this book will help you reach a whole new audience 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

      Aw, thank you very much Madeleine!

  32. Isabel February 23, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    So excited for the book! X

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

      Thank you very much, Isabel!

  33. Meredith February 23, 2015 at 2:35 am #

    I love reading and discovering new stories. I would love to read your book. 🙂 But I’m not much of a writer myself, it seems so difficult. Traveling and new stories together sounds awesome.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      Thank you, Meredith!!

  34. Teasha Shilling February 23, 2015 at 3:02 am #

    I am currently serving in the United States Air Force and I’ve been following you for nearly almost 2 years now. You make me want to quit my job (if only it were that easy) and just travel the world…. I really aspire to be just like you. One day, one day! Until then, keep doing what you are doing. And I can’t wait for your book as I will most definitely be on the lookout for it. You truly are amazing! P.S I’ll be moving to England in May. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to meet you!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

      Wow – thank you so much Teasha! What a comment to receive. Definitely check out “Travel Massive” when you move here, they’re every month and lots of travellers/bloggers get together… it would be great to meet you!

  35. Emily February 23, 2015 at 3:19 am #

    So exciting! I’ve been following your blog for a few years now and can’t wait to read your book! Last September I left on my first solo backpacking trip to spend 10 weeks wandering around India, Nepal and Thailand. This September a friend and I are taking off for Mexico and spending the next 6 months or so working our way down to Argentina. Neither of these trips are something I would have even dreamed of taking before I found your blog (ok, and Adventurous Kate and Be My Travel Muse). I wish you nothing but success – keep inspiring people!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

      Thank you so much for all the continued support, Emily! How amazing to be in the company of Kate and Kristin, they’re wonderful women. Happy travels!

  36. Emma | banquets and backpacks February 23, 2015 at 4:07 am #

    That’s exciting! I really love reading your blog Brenna

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

      Thank you so much, Emma!

  37. Zalie February 23, 2015 at 4:54 am #

    I simply cannot wait to read your final masterpiece! I am already so proud of you as it is!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      Thank you so much, sister! I love you xoxo

  38. Sukirti February 23, 2015 at 5:43 am #

    Hey Brenna,

    First of all congratulations and all the very best for this new adventure. I really look forward to reading your blog every days and believe me the reason I again picked up books to read is definitely you and this blog (I had left reading for a very long time).
    Do let me know, how will I be able to get a copy here in India. Already excited and waiting for it.

    Lots of love 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:48 pm #

      Thank you so much for all of your continued support, Sukirti! You are too kind. Hopefully a copy will make its way to India… 🙂

  39. Raquel February 23, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    I am so excited for you and I can’t wait to read your book!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

      Thank you so much, Raquel!

  40. Sorin Travel by Dart February 23, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Brenna, you’re such an inspiration. Same here, you don’t need to put my name in the contest box… I just need to know when you’ll release your book!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

      Aw, thank you so much, Sorin! I really appreciate your kind words.

  41. Liana February 23, 2015 at 11:02 am #

    Congratulations on your book! Its such an amazing feeling to be able to hold your hard work in your hands. Your writing is what has brought me back to you blog for years, I cant wait to have a hard copy. Best of luck, and make sure your book can be shipped to Turkey!!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

      Aw, thank you Liana! I’ll definitely make sure a copy makes its way to Turkey. 🙂

  42. Nina Lee February 23, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    Congrats on announcing that you’re writing a book! The Master’s Degree that you’re participating in sounds incredible! Your story is absolutely inspiring for me. I’ve been writing for a long time as well, but feel like I haven’t fully committed myself to the extent that I should. Reading about your experience is inspiring me to get back to all of my journals and writing. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

      Thank you so much, Nina! Your support really means a lot to me. I definitely recommend journals, they’re a great way to get back into writing…

  43. Alex February 23, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    I can’t tell you how happy this post made me. I’ve been meaning to email you but thanks to your recommendation I’m actually going to the same program next year! I’m so unbelievably excited to get started. I’ve been wondering what you decided to write about and your book honestly sounds wonderful, I can’t wait to read it!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

      Oh wow, that’s amazing! It’s a great program and you learn a lot. It’s obviously hard work but I think it’s really worth it. Thank you so much for your support, Alex!

  44. Irene February 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

    You are not going to believe this, but I left my travel notebook in the plane from my trip back from Marrakech a month ago 🙁 and I still haven’t bought a new one! This would make a perfect birthday present for me (3 weeks left!).
    Writing a book is such an ambitious project. Best of luck with it!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:50 pm #

      Oh that’s too bad! Fingers crossed then. 🙂 Thanks for the well wishes!

  45. Cynthia February 23, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Fantastic! I will be one of the first in line. I love how you write about your travels and I easily devour every piece of writing you put out there. Seems like a natural next step!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

      Wow, thank you so much, Cynthia! That put a big smile on my face.

  46. Rajee February 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Not yet. I love to read your book first before starting to get inspiration 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:44 pm #

      Thank you, Rajee!!

  47. Ella February 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    That is so exciting!! I’m really happy for you and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Please tell us how\where we can buy one! 🙂 I love your writing style and in general I find you very inspiring. …Good luck! I can’t wait to read it! 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ella! I don’t know when or how it will be published, but hopefully it will be. Thank you for your words of encouragement!

  48. Ashley E February 23, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Congrats on your book! Your blog is amazing and I really enjoy your writing style I look forward to reading the completed project!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ashley! You’re too kind.

  49. Katie @ Domestiphobia February 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    That’s fantastic, Brenna! You know you have a buyer here when it’s published!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      Aw, thank you so much Katie! I am so grateful for your support.

  50. Jan February 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    I’m so glad you have decided to write a book. I love reading your blog and the adventures you’ve had. I’ve used your blog as a way to satisfy my wanderlust. At this point in my life I don’t have the time or money to travel like I would like to, but your words draw me to new places and experiences. It satisfies the craving for at least a little while. Then when the time is right I will set off again. Until that day, keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

      Aw, thank you so much Jan! I really appreciate your comments, they really encourage me to keep writing/blogging.

  51. Melody February 23, 2015 at 7:56 pm #

    I would definitely read your book!

    I have never written a book and probably never will. The only times in my life that I have ever had a desire to write is when I’ve been travelling and was successful at keeping a daily journal. I gravitate more towards photography for my story telling.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

      Thank you so much, Melody! We all have different types of creativity. 🙂

  52. Expatkerri February 23, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    So wonderful that you’re sharing this with your blog readers! All of us can’t wait to read what you are writing 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

      Thank you so much Kerrilyn!

  53. Cealin February 23, 2015 at 8:55 pm #

    I am so excited about this book! I love writing about my own experiences just as much as I love reading about yours. Congratulations!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

      Thank you so much! Happy writing. 🙂

  54. Jodie Young February 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    This sounds so exciting Brenna, good luck with the writing. I would certainly love to read it once you’re finished, if it’s going to be anything like those posts you mentioned.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

      Thank you so much, Jodie! I really appreciate your support.

  55. Stephanie February 24, 2015 at 2:23 am #

    I love the way you write and 2 1/2 years ago when you were backpacking through South America you inspired me! I am still figuring out where I am going, but I would absolutely read your book. My only regret is that I did not write regularly (in published blog form) along the way. I’m looking at curving that now. Best of luck!!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      Oh wow, thank you so much Stephanie! Thank you for being such a loyal reader.

  56. Sheryl February 24, 2015 at 3:36 am #

    I’ve always had this silly dream of being a writer – silly because I was thinking how my life would be if I had been a secret successful Crime/Mystery writer since the age of 18! Of course, I know it’s never going to happen as I’m not the creative type. But it’s a good dream to have nonetheless. Perhaps one day, I will take the tiny step forward by writing about my travels somewhere. Best of luck with your book!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

      I say go for it! You never know until you try. Thank you so much for the support!

  57. Jayne February 24, 2015 at 5:30 am #

    It sounds like just the type of book I love to read. Put me on the list for advance warning please 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

      Aw, thank you Jayne! x

  58. Tempesst February 24, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    this is so exciting! i would read anything written by you!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

      Wow – thank you so much!

  59. Jenna February 24, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    I´m writing a book at the moment. It´s a project that might take years, but interesting one still! 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      They certainly take a long time to write! Good luck. 🙂

  60. SerenityNow February 25, 2015 at 7:46 pm #

    Your book sounds great! I love books that are organized in a vignette kind of format.

    A friend and I wrote a book of hilarious (or at least, we thought so..) haiku poems about food one summer when we were both working at crummy jobs and desperately needed a creative outlet. We’re still hanging on to those manuscripts…

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      Ha ha – that sounds awesome! I’d like to read that…

  61. Matthew February 25, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    An official congratulations! Can’t wait to read it. The Last Time I Saw You is probably my favorite series here and looking forward to a novels worth.

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      Thank you so much, Matthew! I’m really glad that you’re enjoying that series.

  62. Whitney February 25, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Way to go! That is such an impressive feat. I have often thought about making a career out of writing but it’s a little (A LOT) bit terrifying. Excited to see the finished product!

    • Brenna Holeman February 25, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

      Thank you so much, Whitney! It can be a difficult career, but I love the rewards!

  63. Anahit February 26, 2015 at 12:10 am #

    I only discovered your blog a few days ago but it’s already become super inspirational to me. Writing and travelling are two of my biggest passions too, so it’s really lovely to see someone succeeding at them like this 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

      Aw, thank you! I hope you keep reading. 🙂

  64. Nicole February 26, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    I just started following your blog and will be traveling to Colombia with my mom in May! I think it takes real guts to follow your passion and I admire you for not only being a solo female traveler but also sharing your successes and failures with all of us!

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

      Oh, I’m sure that is going to be an amazing trip! I love Colombia and I love travelling with my mum. Thank you so much for your kind words…

  65. AKMountainchild February 26, 2015 at 12:38 am #

    I look forward to reading your book. Wanderlust pluses through my veins every day and I’m planning (another) big adventure in autumn.

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

      Thank you so much! Yes, I feel the same way about wanderlust…

  66. Felipe February 26, 2015 at 1:27 am #

    I’m very interest in reading your book!! congratulations on this new adventure 🙂 i love how you put your photos on the posts, it illustrates them very well!

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

      Thank you so much Felipe! You’re too kind.

  67. Lauren H February 26, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    Brenna, huge congrats to you. I love reading your blog and can’t wait to read more travel inspiration and prose!

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it!

  68. Judi February 26, 2015 at 2:11 am #

    It’s hard to sound original among these other comments but I’ll try my best… Congratulations on your latest adventure. I would be interested in reading your book. Can we pre-order it?

    I’ve been following your blog and enjoy reading your adventures. I also LOVE the photographs you feature. As a journal writer myself, I often get laughed at for chronicling my own travels. It’s hard to remember the details and things I want to share without taking notes. And, there is no better pick-me up then reflecting on old journals and photos.

    Good luck with your writing, excited to hear more.

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      I need to find a publisher first, ha ha! But yes, as soon as I work something out I will announce it here and on social media, so thank you for asking.

      I think it is so important to keep journals, if only for yourself. I agree with you, I find it such a pleasure (and often a laugh) to go back and read them. Thanks again for your lovely comment, it really encourages me to keep writing!

  69. Luciie B February 26, 2015 at 2:24 am #

    That sounds like an amazing adventure!! I’ve actually been planning my own adventure recently which includes travel and writing and photography and it’s terrifying but exhilarating to finally go for something that could change the course of my life. I so hope that it doesn’t all fail 🙁
    Getting the courage to actually go for your dreams is the hardest part !! And in a months time I will be on a train to France to begin my own adventure around the world…Well like 1% of it :/

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      Oh wow, good luck! I’m sure it will be an incredible journey. Happy travels 🙂

  70. Merle C February 26, 2015 at 6:24 am #

    Cool stuff! You are an inspiration!

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

      Thank you, Merle!

  71. Georgina February 26, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Hi Brenna,

    This is such a natural progression for your work, so I am sure it will be a great book. I would defiantly read your book & I am sure my sister would as well (but i’ll maker her buy her own).
    I have always loved the idea of being a writer however I can never stay focused enough to finish. My boyfriend on the other hand is amazing fictional story teller.

    I hope you have an amazing time completing your masters degree, university was the best time of my life! I would be exceedingly happy if I could just study any topics I fancy for the rest of my life.

    Georgina

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 3:16 pm #

      Thank you so much Georgina… and thank you for getting your sister to buy a copy, too! Ha ha. I also wish I could stay in university forever, I love learning. I’ll be quite sad when this program is over but who knows… maybe a PhD is in the cards!

  72. Linda February 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    You know how excited I am to share your thoughts about this “on the page” journey, Brenna. From your first journal at age 4, I knew that you possessed a magical ability with words…it’s going to be a wonderful ride. xo

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      I couldn’t have done any of it without you… xoxo

  73. Shayn February 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    This is so exciting–congratulations!

    • Brenna Holeman February 27, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  74. Anna @ shenANNAgans March 1, 2015 at 1:58 am #

    Yes I’d totesy be interested in reading the book you’re writing. Congrats for owning your awesome, it is inspiring. 🙂

    • Anna @ shenANNAgans March 1, 2015 at 1:59 am #

      Haha… That is *totes *totally

    • Brenna Holeman March 1, 2015 at 9:44 pm #

      Thank you so much, Anna!

  75. Sarah Somewhere March 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    Yes! Can’t wait to read it! You got this.

    • Brenna Holeman March 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

      Thank you so much, Sarah!!

  76. Paula March 14, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Brenna, I can’t wait to read your book…! You truly are an inspiration to me… 🙂 thank you.

  77. Cara-Mia March 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    I’m a bit late to this post as school and work have left little time for me to read blogs this semester. But I am SO excited that you’re writing a book! (And how awesome is it that you found a Masters program that is JUST what you wanted?!) I’ll be preordering as soon as it’s available. 🙂

  78. Kathy Rose March 27, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    all the best for your new venture and i hope to see your book in markets as soon as possible.

    • Brenna Holeman March 30, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      Thank you very much, Kathy!

  79. Lena June 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm #

    I would love to buy it!! (can I also get it signed?) ; )

  80. Ellie Quinn October 13, 2015 at 6:31 pm #

    Wow this sounds brilliant, your paragraph explaining what the book will be about really touched me. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

    • Brenna Holeman October 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ellie! 😀

  81. Lauren May 15, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    Good for you! Total dream of mine. Good luck and I hope to read it.

  82. Kayla October 28, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    When is the book ready??? I only just found you a couple weeks ago and have a major crush on your life and who you are. We are similar in age and I am just starting to figure out living out my dreams, which are similar to yours but in my very own way. You just being who you are is another piece in my collection of things that inspire me to be who I am. So – OF COURSE I wanna read your book! Tell me where to buy it 🙂

  83. Sooshmita January 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    Lookin forward to read your book 🙂

  84. Ellie October 23, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

    Had to scroll down a long way to write this comment, but wanted to say can’t wait for your book to come out! I love your “the last time I saw you series”! I can really relate to the way you describe the feeling of travelling and moving around a lot.

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