Writing Updates By Travesaou

More coming soon…

10th April 2020


Good night friends!!! It’s time for some tea before bed. So while I’ll be delaying mine until I post this, I hope you and your lovely china enjoy yours.


As writing goes I am still doing the Caribbean Books quarantine writing challenge. The first challenge was easy enough, the other two… not so much.

The second required you to turn a protagonist in a known story, or from one of your own, into the villain. I chose Cinderella from the Brothers Grimm fairytales and, well! Let me tell you! It actually came out pretty good! I spent two hours of non-stop brainstorming over it so, thank you Caribbean Books because I think I have a story here! A really good one. So I won’t be posting the outline for that unfortunately but I did do it!

The third one didn’t come out the way I expected. You were supposed to write some advice to your younger self. Listen, I was way nicer when I was younger (I think) and more optimistic (well…). But it turned out to be this rueful and almost pathetic piece where I lamented everything that I’d lost from my youth. Not like parties and things, I never cared for those.

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2020/04/10/writing-update-10th-april-2020/

Travesaou out!


1st April 2020


I’m tired. It’s almost 10 pm, there’s a sleeping cat on my foot and my head is weighing down my spine. So if this post sounds kind of weird, it’s because, well, I need to do like he’s doing.

sleeping cat blanket

I desperately want to ease the impending cramp in my toes but first, I need to give Gandalf the White the Nobel Peace Prize.

So here’s the thing. I’m home all the time anyway these days but after most of the major cities in the world went under quarantine, people started doing these 14-day challenge things because, well, they’re bored I guess. Either that or they are chronic overachievers who can’t just be satisfied with doing nothing for once and sleep in for a fortnight!

But still, I applaud all the people taking quarantine in their stride by learning a new skill, doing home projects they had always been putting off, and also taking the time to get to know their awesome selves better.

So since my I-was-always-at-home-anyway quarantine officially started on Monday 30th March, I decided to do the daily writing challenge with Caribbean Books Foundation because I’m an overachiever too. Yay! More work!

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/writing-update-1st-april-2020/

Travesaou out (literally)!


30th December 2019


So here we are.

The year is about to end and I’m here to account for my writing goals.

Well, I’ve missed all of my goals. Back to the drawing board.

table flip

You know, I want to be frustrated and convicted that I should have done more and all that jazz, but given certain events, I’m just very happy to be alive and well and have all my family alive and well too right now. My writing is important, but sometimes it can wait. And this will definitely be a December to remember.

That being said, I am diving right back in next year but with a different attitude. I’ve realised that I need to write as I see fit and not force it because of some deadline. Not that I won’t be setting goals.

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2019/12/30/writing-update-30th-december-2019/

Travesaou out!


1st November 2019


So last week, WordPress reminded me that it was my anniversary with them.

hp hats

Nine years seems like such a long time to start off trying to be this thing called an author. Especially when these stories have been with me every single day during those nine years, and long before it, in my dreams, being relived over and over again.

I wonder sometimes how I could have let all that time pass and not have published something by now. But I know why. I wasn’t ready. And not just in the way you think.

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2019/11/01/writing-update-1st-november-2019/

Travesaou out!


31st August 2019


This month’s review reminded me that when I first started writing it was with poetry. Sitting in a tree somewhere, up late at night or on a bus while going to an from school, little poems always came to me.

Now I feel as if I can’t write anything shorter than a 300-page novel. So much comes to me at once that I feel like my poetry days might be behind me.

But if it’s one thing I’ve learned about writing, it’s that if you have the mind of a writer you can learn to write anything.

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/writing-update-31st-august-2019/

Travesaou out!


1st July 2019



First, let me say that I wanted to do a review on the books I read in the last few months, but as time would have it writing got in the way. YAAAYYY!!  throws confetti


Thank the Lord! I can finally say writing is the thing holding me back from being productive in other areas. And I’m very happy about that! I am well past the halfway point in editing and once I’m done I will put it aside and work on something else because it will need another edit before I decide to pass it onto any other editors.

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/writing-update-1st-july-2019/

Travesaou fighting!


7th June 2019


I hesitated to write the year in the title because, well, ah shame. But then I was like, what am I doing? You all know what date it is anyway. Can’t hide the truth.

It’s the 7th of June, yeah, 2019. Sigh.

A good three years later, I have a writing update! What was my last update about anyway? I swear I can’t even remember! Ha! How in the world…? I can’t even believe I took this long!

what had happened was

Life! Life, that’s what happened. But if you noticed I didn’t stop posting, and I didn’t stop writing during those years either.

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/writing-update-7th-june-2019/

Travesaou fighting!


13th February 2016


The following is a frustrated writing update.

So, I’ve been invited to feature at a book launch later this year. It’s a simple matter of getting at least two of my book projects ready in time which means, I am doomed.


“I’m gonna be in the emergency room.”

And here’s why. I’m NOT ready!

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/writing-update-13th-february-2016/

Travesaou fighting!


29th August 2015


My last writing update was over six months ago. O_O Where in the WOOORLD did that time go? cries on the inside


I should have written an entire book by now AND revised it! Ahhhhhh! screams


But it’s okay. I’m okay. Those are unrealistic goals and the present is where I’m at. And I am here to say that what might possibly be my debut novel is almost finished. Almost. Maybe. Okay, finished in the sense of I am close to writing ‘The End’, but I can’t say for sure when or how long it will take to be edited!

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/writing-update-29th-august-2015/

Travesaou fighting!


14th February 2015


So, let’s just ‘tack back’ a little bit before we get started, like six posts back…

On December the 1st 2014 at approximately 1:59 AM, I updated my NaNoWriMo word count. I made it. 50,630 words.

snoppy squad dance


I didn’t actually party though, went straight to sleep. But thank you, thank you. takes a bow Now the story is not actually finished yet. I got some rest and picked up on it the next week. Hopefully, I’ll keep at it cause life after the NaNoWriMo pump is already starting to get in the way, as life tends to do.

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/writing-update-14th-february-2015/

Travesaou fighting!


24th November 2014


National Novel Writing Month Has Me By The Figurative Balls!

Hello friends! So as you can tell, I am doing National Novel Writing Month this year again, and I believe this is the worst I’ve ever been behind, I think.

34,150 words in so far with only six days left to make 50,000 by November the 30th. I believe it’s safe to say that I am a tiny bit overwhelmed. I would not be worried if I had nothing else to do, but I am swamped with other things right now. But I will finish (on time) I tell you if it’s the last thing I ever do!!!

Gargamel laugh!!! pic @ smurfsfanon.wiki.com

Gargamel laugh!!!
pic @ smurfsfanon.wiki.com

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/writing-update-24th-november-2014/

Travesaou fighting!


25th April 2014



I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. When I started exactly is unknown, maybe seven or eight, I’m not sure. But I remember my cousin returning from the States when I was in my teens and asking me if I still had my wild imagination, telling everyone how I used to think up the most fantastic stories when we would play.

And I always have had fantastic stories in my head but as soon as I learned to write I knew this was my medium. It just flowed. So, after writing all through my teens and most of my early twenties, I’ve decided to work on my first book. Well, my first I’m actually considering to actually publish.

Neither actually

Continued at… https://criticsmaylie.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/writing-update-25th-april-2014/

Travesaou fighting!


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