Milliver’s Travels was started in the summer of 2009 as a fun solo hobby. Since then, Milli has hosted a variety of guest bloggers and acquired a staff of 10+.
First, the usual career and where-I’ve-lived stuff . . .
MILLI THORNTON was born in Wallace, Idaho and spent her childhood in Great Falls, Montana. In 1972, at the tender age of 12, she moved to Australia with part of her large family.
Milli fell in love with Australia and stayed for 25 years. She has lived in Coffs Harbour, Dee Why and Leura in New South Wales, Airlie Beach in Queensland, The Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, and Darwin of the “Top End” (Northern Territory).
She returned to the USA in 1997. Since then Milli has lived in Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, Mississippi and Ohio. A bit of a gypsy, she currently lives in Taos, New Mexico (and so glad to be back!).
Milli is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She is lead Course Presenter for the Fear of Writing Online Course and her mission is to put the fun back into writing.
An independent workshop presenter for the Fear of Writing Clinic, Milli’s e-book, Become a Workshop Presenter, won first place in its category at the 2004 DIY Festival. Milli coaches writers at Writers’ Muse and is busy putting together a range of new online writing courses at Unleash Your Writing.
Yada, yada. But who’s Milliver?IT WAS A joke from Brian that I should name the blog Milliver’s Travels. He was surprised when I said I’d use it—but it suits my philosophy on life and writing: a bit of silliness helps break down the barriers on what we believe we’re capable of.
My dark and serious side was too apt to believe I’m not “worthy” to take up travel writing. I’m not some travel guru who jets off to Europe, Asia or another favorite continent where I know all the secrets on how to travel like a local.
But, so what? It’s OK not to be a jet-setter. It’s the spirit of the travel that counts.The remarkable travels of Lemuel Gulliver of Gulliver’s Travels began in 1699, with voyages to Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa and the Country of the Houyhnhnms. His travels ended toward the latter part of 1715, with Gulliver completely changed in personality—having become a recluse who was offended by contact with human beings.
My own story is quite the opposite: After several decades of reclusive behavior related to PTSD, I’m using travel writing as a fun way to celebrate my recovery and reconnection with the world at large.