2007 has taken off with a bang! Mama Chihuahua and I journeyed to the Himalayas and did a mid-winter trek along a ridge separating India from Nepal and then topped off the trip with a grueling camel safari on the Pakistan border.
On an artistic/literary note, my portraiture photography has taken off this year with new shoots of families, mothers/fathers and babies, artists, musicians, and dancers. You can check out the newest photography and testimonials pages.
Also in the works is the publishing of my newest travel humor story, "Oh, The Places She Will Go" (about geographically dyslexic Americans) in the upcoming follow-up to the best-selling Travelers Tales anthology Sand In My Bra. Edited by Jen Leo and Julia Weiler, its sequel More Sand In My Bra (June 2007) will also be featuring a story by comedic writer Ellen Degeneres.
This has been a crazy year...graduation from U.S.C.'s Masters in Writing program, a feature article in The Los Angeles Times, a story in the Jockstrap anthology, trips to Vietnam and central Mexico, booksignings in Indiana, Santa Barbara, and Arizona, and my website launch.
I've been trying to update my travel blog "The Diva Tales" at least once a week. When I'm not traveling, I'll be reviewing travel books, documentaries, shows, and giving the latest news for travelers and epicurians. If you'd like to subscribe to my blog (I usually send out one announcement per month), please contact me.
As for travel plans, Mama Chihuahua and I are finally making our preparations for the toughest trip we've had to date: India. Everything I hear about India is that it is hands-down, the most difficult and most intense place woman can choose to backpack through. Although we've traveled around the world and usually to developing countries, we're trying to prepare ourselves for a difficult trip.
2006 Booksigning Events:
Thurston's latest published piece is a humorous travel story titled, "Mama Chihuahua: World's fiercest travel partner," about her mother's fiercesome attack on a group of taxi drivers in Nepal. The book, What Color Is Your Jockstrap?, edited by Jen Leo, is the fourth in a best-selling humor travel anthology series published by Travelers Tales. For more info about the book, check out Jockstrap's cool new website and blog.
She has several booksigning events arranged for this summer:
The week of June at the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference. Copies of the book will be available at the SBWC. This is Rachel's fourth year at the conference and she heartify recommends this conference to other writers, whether aspiring or established!
Thursday, July 13th, from 7-10 p.m. at Red's Cafe in Santa Barbara, CA. The booksigning party will also include a Vietnam travel slideshow of her and Mama Chihuahua's most recent exploits.
Saturday, July 22nd, Flagstaff, Arizona. Booksigning party and slideshow with Mama Chihuahua.
Wednesday, August 16th, at Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, CA. This booksigning event will feature editor Jennifer Leo, award-winning travel writer, Tim Cahill, Thurston, and possibly a few other contributing travel writers.
Latest Travel :
Rachel has been traveling more than ever in the past year, with trips to China, East Tibet, Oaxaca, Guanajuato, and, most recently, a May 2006 trip to trek in North Vietnam with her beloved Mamacita. You can catch their latest travel updates by visiting her travel blog, "The Diva Tales." You can keep up with her adventures by requesting to be on her travel blog email list.
A sample of photos from these trips are posted on the photography page.
Their next trip for January 2007 will be to either India or Turkey.
The "Ancient Art of Idling" in the Los Angeles Times and other Literary Projects:
Her most recent travel article, "The Ancient Art of Idling" was published this past spring in The Los Angeles Times.
She's currently working on several food and travel articles for national magazines.