A wandering bird's-eye overview of most things even vaguely related to travel, and an opportunity for writers, artists and photographers to contribute the historical, the hysterical, the quirky and quixotic... anything with heart.

4 years ago
The answer is "no"...
The answer is

...well, almost always.

Me? Been writing for ever, finally with a modest "success': the tale of an obscure ghost of an island afloat on the Venetian Lagoon.

How did I get over that first hurdle?  Well, as it happens I'd already sent off reams of scribbles into the publishing ether with no reply....and finally engaged a 'proper' editor.

I persisted with my efforts until one day receiving this call  from a newspaper; yes, a `real' newspaper -
     "Ian, is this your article?"
      Me: "Mmm...ahem...yes."
     "You know, we may just be able to use it Ian..."
      Me: "Mmm...really?" (I've only had a couple of replies in almost 2yrs.)
     "...well yes Ian, we like it...it's quite romantic, and full of ghosts...too long though. Would you cut it to 1200 words max?"
      Me: "Mmm...I don't think I can...sorry."

Later I ring my long-suffering editor, me basking in the afterglow of an unexpected reply.
Initially there's dead silence.
       Ed: "Ian, are you kidding??? Do you know who that was?"
       Me: "Ahem, ahh no."
       Ed : "Well Ian, that was an editor from Australia's only daily national broadsheet. For God's sake get a hard copy, a red pen, and slash it to 1200 words!"

So, here's the result, my very first published `travel' feature - 'Ghosts in the Murk and Mist.'

...I push open the squeaky gate into our deserted hotel courtyard. In the musty air, I run my hand over the cold dome of yet another ancient wellhead. The sounds of St Marks evaporate and a lamp beckons beneath a white awning...


Photo: Grey Ghosts - Torcello, Venetian Lagoon, Italy _ Ian Cochrane



  1. brendaaddie 

    thank you for taking the time to explore your journey to print.


    1. lostboys 

      Very kind. For a long time I resisted cutting any words at all, confusing the number of words with the `power' of words