About “Miss England.”

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Ahoy there! If you’ve clicked onto the “About” section, then you probably want to know some things about me…

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Some facts:

  • I hate Peanut butter. To even talk about it makes me feel sick.
  • I cannot watch E.T. I haven’t seen it since the 90’s and I refuse to ever again.
  • I love rum and bacon. End of.
  • My biggest fear is having a grey life.
  • I love manners.
  • A cup of tea in the morning makes me very happy. Especially if someone else makes it.
  • I couldn’t whistle until I was 9. I also found out Peter Pan didn’t exist. 1997 was a year of ups and downs.
  • I first became published in 2012 with my book Tartarus. I’ve since had another 5 books published.
  • To stay true to the writer stereotype, I’ve adopted the rum swigging poor writer’s lifestyle in the name of art. Honest.

Hopefully we’re warmed up now to get into the serious stuff! Brought up in Warwickshire, I was very unhappy with reality. I can still remember the day when I found out the world map was the entire world- I had thought for years that it was only half, and that I would still have a chance of finding that mystical adventure that I had always dreamed of.

I was obsessed with books about Peter Pan, Narnia, Harry Potter and of course Lord of the Rings- not to mention a whole load of books on myths, legends and everything else in between. Growing up reading fantasy books probably didn’t put me in good stead to prepare for a 9-5 life, but I tried. Really I did.

I had always written stories- for as long as I can remember. I was always sad when Sarah in the Labyrinth didn’t stay with the Goblin King, and when the children from Narnia went back home. Why couldn’t they just stay and carry on with the adventure? I decided I would write my own, finding it the closest I could get to the worlds I had always dreamed of.

But as the years went by and the jobs came and went, I still could not shake away the sensation of fear that chased my heels with every morning. I knew that I could not write such voyages and journeys for my characters and not set out on my own. I knew there must be another way to be happy. I couldn’t accept the idea that I would stay in a job to pay off the car I couldn’t afford, to get to the job I didn’t like, to pay for the house in the area I didn’t want to be in, just so I could have those few weeks off a year when I could be free until the day came when I could retire and finally do the stuff I wanted to.

So I quit my job, sold my possessions and decided to go on an adventure of a lifetime.

 

Enjoy!

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11 Replies to “About “Miss England.””

  1. Hey Lizbif, even tho you saw a world map of the whole world. just remember, there are still many little small places that need to be found. and searching for them in some peoples mind is an adventure all to it self.
    So pick a direction, open the sails, and let your since of not knowing, what is over the next horizon be your guide.

    1. I remember seeing a wall map in the classroom of an East-West language school that showed the world centered around Japan. What’s this… a world view not centered around the USA. It blew my mind. I’ve been lucky to travel the world for business and pleasure and being retired now is the best. My wife and some friends are returning to Rarotonga in the South Cook Islands in May. Happy travels.

  2. Hi Liz. Im a Canadian…but my mom is from England and my fathers side is from Scotland. So, I can relate to your love of England and tea! I stared to read you while on Delos and you definitely have a gift. Good luck on your life’s adventures. Be very patient and kind to yourselves as you experience the highs and lows that every journey reveals; the destinations will come in time!

  3. And this is how I found out that you left Delos?! 🙂
    You don’t just simply announce that, there should be preparations, guidance, emergency instructions….

    For some reason (being lazy I guess) I was only watching youtube videos and never checked the blogs…

    (I apologize for any grammatical errors)

    Wish you all the best in your endeavors,

    1. Hey there!! Aww it’s OK! I’ll be seeing them in the Caribbean real soon! I head over in May with Edouard! I’m hoping if I give Brian enough rum he’ll fix my boat… Haha! Much love to you!!

  4. Bloody hell! I was addicted when I found Delos videos, now I gotta catch up on your excellent writings! With your spirit I look forward to your sailing videos!

  5. I will miss you on Delos. Everyone needs a proper British n their life. I also really love the tag at the end of the videos. “Write your own story”. I teach grades 9-12 here in the states and I need to figure out how to build a lesson around that for them, I think it is something we all should do.

    CP

  6. I have to admit Liz, I was really bummed when I first found out you were not going to be in the future Delos videos any longer. I love your sense of humor and personality. I found myself looking forward to the new videos to see what kind of goofyness, if that is even a word, you would be up to next. I was hoping you would stay on Delos and sail up the east coast of the US and I could meet you, and the rest of the Delos crew of course.
    Now that you have your own boat and will be sailing, I have a destination you can visit. Hint hint. Haha! Look forward to your adventures!

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