Lost in the Fog

With my new novel Lost in the Fog about to be published, in September of 2019 I embarked on a four month trip to France, Spain, Portugal, and the Caribbean. The main reason for the journey was to hike the Camino de Santiago, a 550 mile pilgrimage. With this blog, I am excerpting from the journal I kept and am sharing what made it so special. David Lynch once said "getting lost is beautiful", and my voyage embodied that definition.

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Aloha All,

I’m a novelist and screenwriter with degrees from Boston University and Emerson College who lives in Hawaii.  My posts are generally about travel, books, current events, sports, and basically anything that pops into my head.

Last September, my girlfriend J’Nell and I embarked on a 3 month journey to Europe.  A big part of the trip was hiking the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage people have been doing since the Middle Ages. It was 550 miles of backpacking that started in the French Pyrenees and ended at the coast of Spain (after making a very important stop at the Cathedral Santiago de Compestella). 

We finished walking on October 31st, and then spent almost all of November in Portugal (taking trains and buses to Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Sintra, and Lagos). We somehow ended up on a boat leaving from Lisbon, and sailed for over 12 days across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean. We digested our time in Europe while gazing out at the sea and sky, and then once we made landfall we island hopped for over a week.

Four months away from home and our jobs was such an amazing experience, and my goal now with this blog is to capture special moments of the journey to share with you.  I did some posts while on the Camino, going around Portugal, and one while on the boat, but they were always on my cell phone (I didn’t take a laptop) and were sporadic. Now that I’m home, I will begin to regularly excerpt from the journal I kept in a retroactive fashion.

I took this journey as I’ve been waiting for my new novel Lost in the Fog to be published by Inkshares.  It is currently available for pre-order.  The book is for those who enjoy classic crime & mystery capers but with a modern twist. It’s The Big Lebowski meets The Thomas Crown Affair. Lost in the Fog will be published in Spring 2020.

My first novel A Model Community can be found here for printed copies . . . unfortunately it is no longer available on Amazon for your Kindle, but I’m working on getting that fixed.  A Model Community tells the story of a struggling screenwriter who is attempting to rekindle the love of his college sweetheart; the setting is Hollywood, a town that projects happy endings on the silver screen but is less charitable with them in real life.

Mahalo and thanks for reading!

-Michael

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