I like to write because I like to be in my home in Central Mexico where my nonprofit is doing charity work that I throughly enjoy. I am a volunteer teacher of English in a marginalized village where I reside. The idea of leaving my family, the local Mexican children, my dogs, and special needs therapy horses in order to promote my new book made me shutter.
I once heard a speaker on Speaker Net News who advised that making every travel obligation into an adventure really made the speaker/author's mind go into the right space. Being in favor of a positive result, I asked several young graduate student friends who have visited my Mexico home as volunteers if they had any ideas. One young lady who is in Peru working for the Peace Corp. wrote back and suggested I look up www.CouchSurfing.org. She said many of her friends used that site to connect with interesting people.
CouchSurfing is a nonprofit group with people in 230 countries. CouchSurfing encourages cultural understanding and global unity through visiting other people and sleeping on their couch. My mind and my spirit felt deep joy! I saw imagined endless days of dread suddenly replaced with numerous opportunities to meet new people and have charged conversations. What could possible be more inspiring for an author?
Check it out for yourself, Jacquie
Causes Jacqueline Mackenzie Supports
Voluntary teaching of Mexican children by being a host family to volunteers from outside Mexico, transporting used and discarded bilingual books from the US...