Nicole Trilivas

Author of travel-themed fiction and nonfiction. TRAVEL IS MY MUSE

Me porté como quien soy.

Como un gitano legítimo.

I behaved like what I am.

Like a proper gypsy.

-Federico García Lorca


“Because of the books I have read, I’m a teacher, a traveler, and a chef. I am a fighter and a laugher. I am a writer. For one bewildering moment, I wonder who I’d be without this shelf.”

-Kate McCahill, in her essay on The Millions, You’ll Never Walk Alone: On Traveling the Worth with Books

“I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

-Vincent Van Gogh


It’s Not A Priority

“Instead of saying “I don’t have time” try saying “it’s not a priority,” and see how that feels. Often, that’s a perfectly adequate explanation. I have time to iron my sheets, I just don’t want to. But other things are harder. Try it: “I’m not going to edit your résumé, sweetie, because it’s not a priority.” “I don’t go to the doctor because my health is not a priority.” If these phrases don’t sit well, that’s the point. Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice. If we don’t like how we’re spending an hour, we can choose differently.”

-’Are You As Busy As You Think?’; Laura Vanderkam

Can I Live Inside This Picture?

Found somewhere in the depths of Tumblr (source unknown)

Found somewhere in the depths of Tumblr (source unknown)

The Only Balm

“His hidden consciousness, his indecipherability, created my anguish. I write this not to answer these questions, but to ask them. I must ask them. My need to explore his life by writing about him may not have been his wish but I have to do it.  As a writer L. would have understood this compulsion.  But what can I gain by dwelling in this most frustrating place? As a writer, the creation of a new work, making a thing, seems to me the only balm. I can’t answer the questions but I can make something out of them.”

-Thea Goodman “Art Lovers”

(Radio Silence)

It’s been forever. Too long. Insert radio silence. Since my switch from freelancing to full time work, I’ve had hardly any time for my craft, but in the next few months, things will change. My office is moving much closer to my flat, so I’m hoping to take advantage of that extra time and get some writing done. I have a half-finished book languishing away on my laptop, making me feel like a negligent mother.

But before the move happens, there’s some travel in store for me: I just came back from Cape Town, and I’m soon headed for Miami and the south of France.

I don’t have my writing, but I do have my travel (even if it’s for work), so all is not lost.

Stay tuned. More is sure to come.

XO Nicole



Why You Were Born

“Writing: shitty first drafts. Butt in chair. Just do it. You own everything that happened to you. You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves in your heart — your stories, visions, memories, songs: your truth, your version of things, in your voice. That is really all you have to offer us, and it’s why you were born.”

Anne Lamott

Divine Pleasures

Original photo from

Original photo from

Travel Tuesday: Parque Torres Del Paine, Chile

On Tuesdays, we travel

On Tuesdays, we travel

(Yes, I know it’s Wednesday <insert shame face emoji here>)

This morning, some stunning photos popped up on my facebook feed: glacial blues and jagged mountains. Nature being all raw and silencing. I immediately emailed the friend who posted them and she said the photos were from a recent trip to Parque Torres Del Paine, Chile. We need to go. Immediately. May I present you with the following case:

First there’s this:

And then this:

Followed by this (where we will clearly be staying):

And concluding with this:

Case closed and the verdict is in: We’re going.

XO Nicole



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