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Book Reviews, Roadtrip Ideas & Creative Writing.

I love to read, but I want to write- but writing about myself traveling turned out tasteless and tiresome.
Perhaps this is because I was there. Because, to me, my life could not possibly live up to the standards of others. And also partly because within the worlds of fiction life always seems more colorful; in excess of emotion and always exceeds in adventure.

And so I had to change the idea I had of me merely traveling and start to look at things from a different perspective- a third person point of view. That is what I want Route and Review to become: a literary masterpiece hidden inside the world that I live in. Thus far I have written of my first two years in the USA and now that I have returned from another two year journey I am ready to creatively write what my life was like.

This new path will involve my blog post to be transformed from a mere retelling of events into a collection of short stories that will make up a whole.
Along with my retellings/reviews of places, I will of course still continue to review books as well as share a poem every now and then.

Thank you for being there for the journey this far,
I can’t wait to tell you more!

The First Two Years

Route & Review was created in May 2017.
3 Years ago!
I left for my first USA adventure in October 2014 and returned in September 2016.
After having been abroad for those two years I decided that it was time I turned my writing into reviewing.

My original introduction to the blog:

This blog is the results of an opiniative traveler; a girl with opinions regarding both the literary world and the one we live in. Reviews on places and events that I have encountered on my journies as well as a few short stories (to come at a later stage) based on the locations I have experienced.
All I wanted was to travel and read and find out what life was made for. And I did travel, I read as much as I could (which was never enough) and well- life is still a stranger to me. Because life happens. And if I wasn’t working I was helping a stranger find his way to the subway, or celebrating yet another co-workers birthday, sleeping, doing my washing hastily while trying to keep the household of 6 individuals in a foreign country at bay. And if I wasn’t doing that I was sitting in my room enjoying the silence or getting lost on my way to the train station or stranded at a fair. My point is I got on the airplane ready for the adventure and life didn’t disappoint
-Tiana Wilkinson, 2017

Map My Journey

Started off in Florida 2014
Visited New York
Back to another season in Florida
Arrived in Maine for the winter season of 2016
Took a cruise to the Bahamas
Had a blast in Puerto Rico
Went to a wedding in Chicago
Explored Massachusetts
Moved to Arkansas for the summer of 2015
Quick day-trip to Memphis
Chased my writer dreams at the Writer’s Digest Conference 2016 in New York City
Hiked in Vermont before getting on my flight back to South Africa

What my blog is becoming now:

Those first two years of traveling were as amazing as they were tough. I had managed to work full time, sustain myself and see pieces of the world that I could never have dreamed of.
But having done it all again, this time for two and a half years I feel like I got better at it. I was able to live more, rather than just work all of the time.

In celebration of becoming a better traveller I want to become a better writer as well, thus I am changing the platform of Route & Review. So far my blog has been a way of talking about my travels in an informative way as well as sharing the books that I was able to read on these travels.
But I want more, I want my blog to be a more creative outlet for my colorful life.
In hopes of that I am planning to retell my story of my most recent travels in a short-story kind of way. I wanted to add my love for literature into the blog in more ways than simply reviewing books.

Hope you enjoy the retelling of my adventures,
As much as I loved writing them ๐Ÿš—

View my first two years post by post:

Book Reviews

Literature is far more entertaining than my reality, thus apart from reviewing the places that I have seen I also like to offer my opinions on the books that I have read.

The Beauty of a Dying Day

A Novella by Tanitia van der Walt

The chances were that she would never see him again.
The odds were that he was only meant to greet her once.
Luck has a way of changing fate, or perhaps that was fateโ€™s great design all along? When a chance encounter during sunrise sparks unfathomable feelings. Lexine and Joshua find themselves in a tragic romantic entanglement.
The only constant in their lives is symbolized by the sun as it rises and sets, with an encounter or two spread out across the years. These two ill-fated lovers struggle to break free from a love that is both fated and feared- because it has become a part of who they are and has shaped them into who they have become.
After years of devoted running, what would happen if Joshua finally decided to pursue what they have?

Follow their continuous struggle between fate and destiny as it is vividly displayed every time they are destined to meet and fated to part ways; again and again.

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