I Wrote a Novel, and You Can Too

When I first met Leslie, who I knew was a writer, just to try and impress her I told her that I was a writer too. She asked what I’d written, and I said, ‘Er, nothing really.’ ‘Oh,’ she replied….

Down Time in Costa Rica

A couple of weeks back Leslie and I spent a lovely relaxing week at the beach resort of Papagaya, Costa Rica. We met there after Leslie‘s week long journalism assignment in Guatemala, and it was the perfect place for her…

Why Most Fiction Writers Are Poor, Starving Artists

Hello everyone. As you know, I’ve been working very hard lately on completing my novel, and it’s been a daunting process to get everything ready. But I’m delighted to say that, at long last, it’s published. Yay! More details in…

Novel Newsletter #4

“Happy The Man, and Happy He Alone.” View this email in your browser Welcome to week 4 of my novel newsletter series, and what a week it is! From Editing to Proof Reading This week is a big week for…

A Shameless Pimp

Hello all. Firstly, the cover photo of this post is not actually me, honest! So, the purpose of this swift, succinct post is simple. I’m here for a little shameless pimping. With the novel in it’s final stages and publishing…

Traditional Route or Self-Publish?

I keep getting asked if I have an agent and which publishing house I’m with. But the reality is, the book publishing world has evolved so much in recent years, what with the advent of e-readers and online markets such…

(Not) Great Expectations

I haven’t been posting much lately, and that is due largely to the fact that I’m spending almost all my time editing my upcoming novel. But in the course of the next few weeks I’ll be blogging short posts about…

Horsing About in San Miguel

Last week Leslie and I took time out of our busy work schedules (those in the know, know) to go on an adventure. There’s so much to do here in San Miguel, but one thing that was highly recommended was…

Prototype Covers and Competition

Competition time. Pictured below are two of the prototype covers I’m contemplating using for the novel. With the help of my talented future sister-in-law Sarah, I think we’ve created two good options. By putting them together, I hope that you…

The River Wild

In January of this year I commiserated/celebrated my 40th birthday in Bali with a few close friends and family. Leslie and I spent a month or so in Indonesia in total, including a trip over to spectacular Borobudur in Java….

Yosemite in B & W

Sometimes there is little need for words, and it’s better just to let a few images stoke the fires of adventure or reignite beautiful burning memories. Over to you, Yosemite. All images by The Nomad at © Steven Moore Photography…

Why I Named My Novel, ‘I Have Lived Today’

As I’ve mentioned (many times), I plan to self publish my debut novel, ‘I Have Lived Today,’ in about 3 months. It’s a very exciting time and a little daunting, and if you’ve ever written a book before, you’ll know…

India: Street Life Part III

It’s the sheer variety of sights and sounds that make the streets of India so unique. In plenty of other places across Asia and the world the streets are alive with people and activity, but India tops the lot through…

India: Street Life Part II

This is Part II of ‘India Street Life’ The one thing these pictures can’t illustrate is the overall sensory experience that comes from taking a walk on these effervescent streets. It’s a combination of all the smells; delectable food cooking…

India: Street Life Part I

The best way to see India is by walking the streets. It’s where everything happens; Trade; Socializing; Eating; Play; Rest! Walk any city street in India and the chances are high you’ll see a slice of everything. Yes, they’re filthy….

The Ghosts of the Killing Fields

When history unfolds and reveals itself so painfully and poignantly, as it did for me when I saw a tiny faded fragment of a child’s dress protruding from a shallow grave in which lay hundreds more innocent victims, then it…

Quote On A Postcard VI

I love me a good travel quote!! Photo by The Nomad at Steve Moore Photography If you like this, please come on over and check out my NOMAD Facebook page, too.

In The Shadows Of Giants

Nature has the ability to make us humble and feel small, causes us to reflect on how fragile and short our lives can be. On our recent trip to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California, never was this so…

Welcome To The Jungle

Imagine the scene; You’re in Indonesia. It’s night, deep in the Sumatran jungle. There’s very little electricity, so by torch-light you span the raging river via an ancient rickety bridge, unsure of your footing and certain that, at any moment, …

“You May Say I’m A Dreamer…”

‘Imagine,’ by John Lennon. Everybody knows this song, right? But have you ever really listened to the words? Probably not everyone, at least. I urge you to do so, for if the world could just pay attention and start to…

Midlife Crisis? I’ll Take It!

There can be no doubt that, as people get older, they change, grow, and mature into more rounded individuals. Well, at least that’s the theory, anyway. I myself have perhaps developed in this way slower than most, and there are…

There Is No Such Thing As A British Accent!!

We each of us has gripes about certain things in life, some of them legitimate, others perhaps more anal. I have a few, but one of the things that gripes me most when I’m on my travels is when a…

Crumbling Hip = Marathon Disappointment

Three months ago yesterday I told you I was taking part in the annual ‘Surfer’s Path Marathon’ here in Santa Cruz, California. I was planning to run the 26.25 miles for the Macmillan Cancer Care charity back in England, both to…

Classic California via Instagram: Part I

Here in northern California the scenery is so, well…so natural. That means it’s difficult to take bad photos, even on my iPod. So here is a collection of images that to me, seen through my English eyes, typify what is…

Introducing: Blyth Nancarrow

After a 3 month absence, here is the long overdue introduction to my novel’s main antagonist, Mr. Blyth Nancarrow. Blyth was once a caring and considerate man. Yet events in his life and his reliance on whisky warped his character…

Three Things That Made Me Happy Today

Three things made me extra, extra happy today, not that I wasn’t already, you understand! A) I walked 70 meters from my new house and bought an icy cold Corona beer for 48p (80c) And a few more… B) Two hummingbird…

Even Nomads Need A Home Base

There’s no doubt that both Leslie and I are nomadic by nature…more than 80 countries visited between us can attest to that. An old friend recently asked me if I would ever give up the nomadic lifestyle, and if so,…

I’ve Got The World On A String

In just a couple of hours, Leslie and I will return to Paris in order to take our flight to Mexico…via Jamie and Brien’s wedding in Austin, Texas. As one exciting adventure comes to an end, so another begins, and…

Happy Anniversary, My Love x

A very ‘Happy Anniversary’ to the love of my life, Leslie. Three years ago today we met in a crowded, noisy bar in Daegu, Korea, drinking nasty green beverages on Paddy’s night. Since then we’ve traveled the world together, 4…

Short Story: The Death of Helena

The Death of Helena by Steven Moore   03 January, 1943  04:30  The whistles and screams punctuated the silent night like so many nightmares come alive. We’d been expecting the raid for weeks, but when trying to remain civilized, life…

A Penny A Day To Keep Cancer At Bay

This has been said many times in the past, and that’s because sadly it is so true; That we all, each and every one of us, has known someone, a friend, a family member, even ourselves, that has fought and either…

“Three Little Boys,” a novel by John Hopton

One of my best mates, John Hopton of Taco Handshake rock fame, has just published his first novel on Amazon Kindle. I loved it, and if you trust me even just a little, go and buy it. It costs less…

à bientôt, England

Bonjour, mes ami. Usually, when I have a trip to my country of birth England planned, I get anxious, nervous even, because the bottom line is, I don’t really like being there all that much. My life is away from…

Introducing: Kerra Nancarrow

A month or two back I posted a blog introducing my novel’s main protagonist, Tristan Nancarrow. To follow up that post, here’s a brief introduction to his troubled mother, Kerra. Kerra Nancarrow is trapped, enslaved even, by a brutal husband…

Life Begins At 40?

Life begins at forty! Well that’s what they say, though I’m here to argue this ridiculous myth. By the way, doesn’t anybody know who ‘they‘ are? Seems they have an opinion about everything. Well I have an opinion too, and…

And The Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone that entered into my ‘win a postcard’ competition. And the two winners are… 1. Big bad Brien Silver at ‘Sabai Jai Yen.’ and 2. Sally at ‘A Breath of Foreign Air.’ Well done guys, and a lovely…

On The Steep Steps Of Enlightenment?

Our main reason for coming west to Java from Bali was my long standing wish to visit Borobudur, Buddhism’s largest temple. My fascination with the world’s religious structures is in stark contrast and at surprising odds with my atheism, and…

Life Day

January 15th, 2003; A day that will live long in the memory. Myself and my good friend P.G were backpacking our way through New Zealand, and found ourselves in the small alpine town of Franz Josef. That stunning area just…

Postcard Competition

A couple of days ago Leslie and I visited spectacular Borobudur, Yogyakarta, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. A blog post will follow shortly, but in the mean time, how about a quick and easy competition? How to win? All you…

Why I’m A Nomad In One Word: Bali

In this, my 100th post here on Twenty First Century Nomad, I felt it time to address as to why, in fact, I am nomadic. It’s been nineteen and a half years since I first set foot on Bali, which…

2013: Annis Memorabilis

Hmm… How to summarize 2013 in just one word? ‘Really, really amazing?’ ‘Unbelievably good!’ I’ll settle for ‘THE BEST EVER…YET!’ 2013 didn’t start out the best, with Leslie back in the U.S and the Korean winter chilling me to the…

Welcome to Litchfield

  G’day, possums!! Nearby Darwin lie several spectacular National parks, including Kakadu and Litchfield. With the loan of my brother’s car and with our time in the ‘Top End’ of Australia running out, Leslie and I hit Litchfield, smaller brother…

May The ‘MO’ Be With You!

Dear oh dear!! The Brothers Grimm!! Hello guys. It’s time for another thank you. This time to it goes out to all the people that donated to my MOvember 2013 campaign, and to anyone else at all that got involved or…

Thanks Everyone!

Exciting news!! You’ll remember that a few weeks ago, I was sharing around the web an article I’d written for a competition with Padhaaro, an online travel site for India. Contestants had to submit a travel story about an experience…

Will The Korean Mandela Please Step Forward

Nelson Mandela It was with great sadness that his family, the people of South Africa, and indeed, the entire world lost Nelson Mandela three and a half years ago. Very rarely in the history of humanity has one man meant…

Introducing: Tristan Nancarrow

Last month I posted this blog: “Introducing: I Have Lived Today.” That’s the working title (almost decided) of my debut novel, and over the next few months I will introduce some of my story’s characters. I won’t give too much away…

Quote On A Postcard IIII

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Re-Launching The Kim

While I’m over here in Darwin, visiting my brother and waiting for Leslie to escape California and join me, I’ve been doing a variety of cash-in-hand jobs: a) to boost the travel funds, and b) I actually miss working and getting…

MOVEMBER: HALF WAY PUSH

It’s half way in ‪#‎MOvember‬ guys. This is not about looking like a dick with a mustache, although quite clearly, I do. This is about raising awareness and money for diseases such as cancer, and let’s be honest, we all know someone…