Travails of a Guidebook Author

The 2013 Highlights Reel

by Zora O'Neill on December 30, 2013

The last few years, I’ve really enjoyed doing the end-of-year wrap-up. This year…it’s a tiny bit of a strain. That’s not because 2013 sucked. It’s because I stayed home a lot, with my butt in a chair, staring at a computer screen. (See previous post.) The “writer” part of “travel writer” was the main thing […]


One Crazy Trick for Working Productively at Home

by Zora O'Neill on December 16, 2013

Freelancers! I finally cracked it! And it’s the most boring thing in the world: Pretend like you have a real job. Starting time is 10 a.m. You get a lunch hour–that’s when you do all your fiddly errands, like running to the frame store, or looking at rugs on eBay. (Ignore the unfairness that, in […]


New Mexico: Vintage Motels

by Zora O'Neill on November 11, 2013

You know I have a thing for old hotels. Not just olde historicky hotels, but what I call vintage hotels. One of the “rules” I have about vintage hotels is that they can’t be renovated to be old-timey–they just have to be that way. But after this last trip around New Mexico, where I spied […]


New Mexico: The Southeast

by Zora O'Neill on November 4, 2013

This trip, I made a beeline for the southeast quadrant of New Mexico, just to get it out of the way. Historically, let’s just say I haven’t been bursting with enthusiasm for this part of the state. There are tremendous natural attractions out here–Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands–but a whole lotta nothin’ in between, and […]