Reaching Out My Tentacles

The inky arms of this blog have stretched out, past the confines of this page and onto other travel sites.

Voureen Taylor over at The Travel Nerd asked me a couple weeks ago if I’d like to be the first interviewee in her new weekly series profiling budding travel writers. Seeing as though I was the girl who, at 12, was convinced she’d be interviewed on Oprah by 16 for writing the great American novel—um, yes, I’d love to be interviewed.

The questions really made me realize how far I’ve come in a short period of time, and just how much I love both writing and traveling. Plus, I got called a prodigy—who doesn’t like that? You can check out the full interview here.

Matador Abroad editor and kick-ass writer Sarah Menkedick asked if I’d be into having an edited-down version of my recent post “The French Won’t Save You” published on Matador. I was especially stoked because Sarah and her man Jorge’s blog is one of my favorites. The slimmed-down version went up today, and I was happily surprised to see so much of the original post remained: my Oakland references, my back-handed throw-down to Futurism, even some profanity survived the editorial process. I’m super interested to see what kind of discussion the post generates.

And finally, Girl’s Getaway republished the post I did on my emotionally brutalizing day in Marrakesh. “Marrakesh, You Broke Me Down” appears in full, even with some of my own photos (though the girl pictured in the header is most definitely not me). It’s been rather life-affirming to read the other ladies’ comments. And you know how they say that writing is the ultimate revenge? Well, sometimes it is.

I was surprised when the editor at Girl’s Getaway approached me about the Marrakesh post, since it seems like a bit of a deviation from the other articles on the site. But it was encouraging to see, in both republished articles, that there’s a place for some of my less servicey pieces.

My next narrative piece for Girl’s Getaway will be a lighter, more cheerful one: when Melissa, Georgina, Alicia and I, sick of the incessant street harassment of Puerto Vallarta, snuck into a cheesy package resort and spent the day amid the overweight middle-management dudes and their budget trophy wives at the swim-up bar. Just in case you need a sneak preview…

This should be a good one… one more written appendage reaching out, grasping at the invisible sparks of web pages and wireless signals, submission guidelines and editors’ emails—and finding something to grab on to.

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6 Responses to “Reaching Out My Tentacles”


  1. 1 neha November 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Really enjoyed your interview at the travel nerd!

  2. 2 Abbie November 18, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    You are totally on fire right now! Loved the interview and the matador article 🙂

  3. 3 Nancy November 18, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Loved the interview and matador article. Congrats on all the success. You deserve it. I can’t wait to read even more of your pieces. Going to go check out your Marrakech piece now.

  4. 4 peregrina feminina November 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Lauren, great articles. I’m not surprised that you’ve been dreaming about writing from a young age. Your work definitely shows that you’re passionate about writing and that’s very refreshing to see 🙂

  5. 5 Fly Girl November 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Your “The French Won’t Save You” was wonderfully evocative and totally on target. I’m from the south side of Chicago, a vast sweep of area that like Oakland, gets pigeonholed into one narrow, scary perspecive that reveals only a small fraction of the place. I use the common sense I developed living in Chicago and have never had any problems on my travels. I’ve wondered why some tourists did stupid things when they travelled that they’d never try in their own city. You presented a very compelling perspective for that.

  6. 6 Ms Traveling Pants November 23, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Congrats on your interviews and coverage. I am relatively new to the scene, but I have to admit that I have made it through the blogging hops to celebrate my 1st year blogoversary this week. On Wednesday 11/15/09, I will officially cross the 1 yr mark. Come, visit, and celebrate with a comment: http://www.mstravelingpants.travel/
    Ms Traveling Pants


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Lauren Quinn is a writer and traveler currently living in Hanoi. Lonely Girl Travels was a blog of her sola travels and expat living from 2009 to 2012. She resides elsewhere on the internet now.

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