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Self-Publish Fantasy Month

September is here and it’s a time to celebrate self-published fantasy books! The month is for authors who self-publish their own fantasy works. From tabletop creators, fantasy authors, and bloggers, if you write fantasy, let’s celebrate together!

We are the authors of the heroic fantasy series Thread of Souls. The story is based entirely on our homebrew tabletop campaign. We started playing together in 2015. No one knew a thing about ttrpgs but we all grew up on fantasy. We knew Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Game of Thrones and all especially loved LotR.

After playing for a few years, Talia came up with the brilliant idea of turning our campaign into a fantasy book series. As an author her entire life, she grew up reading and penning fan fiction and creating comics of her and friends. Turning our storyline into a book was the next natural step.

We discovered self-published fantasy month last year and are excited for this year. Each day of September features a prompt or challenge. It includes prompts such as world-building, ecology, magic Mondays, scenic Saturdays, and self-promo Sundays.

The first exercise is thematic Thursday, tradition versus change. We thought of magic in Thread of Souls. Fantasy stories feature magic in some form or another and we wanted to keep to that tradition. One way we change magic is how it works. Magic was granted to mortals by the gods and works in numerous ways. Clerics and paladins rely on their devotion to their deity in order to cast divine magic. Whereas, wizards and mages learn by studying and use crystals to cast their spells.

Day two is a quote.

For you cannot find yourself, if you do not first lose your way.

Rob J. Hayes – Never Die

This reminds us of our characters from Thread of Souls. They each experience something that causes them to change who they are. For example, Taliesin was born into a cult and knows nothing outside of it. During his adventure, he learns more bout himself and the life he left behind, leading him to discover who he really is.


We would love to see your projects! Whether it’s a book, blog, or tabletop related, let us know what you’re working on in the comments!

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Top Colorado Springs Attractions for Fantasy Fans

We look at must-see attractions for any fans of fantasy in Colorado Springs, CO!

When you think of Colorado Springs, CO, you probably think of the Rocky Mountains, lots of hiking trails, and a high altitude. All of those are accurate! But for fans of fantasy, there is also plenty to enjoy. You don’t have to be an athlete used to the mile-high life to enjoy these attractions. And two of them are completely free!


Garden of the Gods

If you are looking for an inspiring landscape, Garden of the Gods is one of our top spots. It is so beautiful that it simply evokes another world. If you are an avid hiker, there are large and rougher trails you can enjoy. But if you are less experienced in hiking, the central garden area has plenty of sidewalk paths . There are also multiple scenic spots to park and enjoy. Best of all: it’s free!

Traveler tip: It is best not to visit on weekends, evenings, or during summer / spring breaks. The Garden of the Gods is already an incredibly busy place, but those times will find you waiting in a line to park. A morning weekday was our go-to for quick parking and more space to enjoy.

1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904


Bishop Castle

This one is a bit of a drive from Colorado Springs. You are looking at close to two hours into the mountains. But is it worth it? I definitely think so! Quirky, strange, and it has its own dragon. What is better for a fantasy fan? This “castle” was built by one man over a time, and its architecture, tight staircases, and towers all offer fun photo opportunities.

Traveler tip: This castle is . . . well, not the safest. Some ledges lack rails, and some pieces of the floor have broken away. Please be cautious. Climbing around is plenty of fun so long as you test your weight before going.

12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069


Colorado Mountain Brewery

Colorado Springs is definitely not short on interesting places to eat. But if you are visiting the state, you probably want something that combines a fantasy feel with a great mountain view. Colorado Mountain Brewery is the spot for you! With gorgeous sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains, this restaurant offers indoor and patio seating. It has a comfy lodge feel inside along with a display of their brewery. The food is delicious and fun. If you have never had bison before, now is your chance! There are also vegetarian options if that is more your style. It is not the cheapest place to eat, but well worth the cost!

1110 Interquest Pkwy, Colorado Springs, CO 80920


Gamer’s Haven

If you are like us, any new place you visit you want to do a bit of shopping for your fantasy horde. We visited plenty of shops during the year we lived in Colorado Springs, but our favorite was Gamer’s Haven. Tucked away but with plenty of merchandise, we went there time and again for our D&D game supplies.

5730 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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Top Tulsa Attractions for Fantasy Fans

We look at five must-see attractions for any fans of fantasy visiting Tulsa, OK!


When you think of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you probably think of tornados, a smaller city, and a “flyover” state. While all of these are true, there are a few gems in the Tulsa metro area to keep any fantasy fan entertained!

The Philbrook Museum of Art

This museum has an immediate fantasy vibe to it. It was once a mansion for its wealthy owners, with beautiful architecture and stunning gardens to match. While the multiple stories of paintings, artifacts, antiques, and statues are enough to keep you engaged, the entire place as a fairy tale feel to it that easily keeps your imagination going.

2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa, OK 74114


Elsing Rock Museum

This is not a place you will see driving by. It is located on the lower levels of Oral Roberts University, and it is open to the public. The museum has a handful of rooms displaying rocks, fossils, gemstones, and crystals. You can look on your own or ask for a tour. With the various meanings and symbolism behind such items, it is easy to get lost in a fantasy world through this vast and beautiful collection. One of our favorites was the ship carved entirely out of jade!

7777 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74136


Tulsa Tunnel Tours

There is an entire world beneath the streets of downtown Tulsa that is only discoverable through a tunnel tour! The intrigue of wandering this subterranean space is great for fans of fantasy. You will get your traditional spooky dark concrete tunnels, but it is also so much more than that. You will venture through the bottommost floors of skyscrapers that have old roots and luxurious architecture unlike anything else in the city.

502 S Boston Ave, Tulsa, OK 74103


Wizard’s Asylum

This shop is the definition of “hidden gem”. Tucked off a busy street in a cramped shopping center, it is incredibly easy to miss. But what a find inside! There is an expansive shop featuring everything a fantasy fan could want. There are board games, collectibles, dice, cards, painting supplies, tabletop gaming maps and miniatures and books, a small café, and everything in between.

7165 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

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Gardner’s Used Books & Comics

If you have dreamed of getting lost in a library or bookstore, then this is the stop for you. This has an old-world bookstore feel to it, and you can easily spend hours going through the shelves. The store goes further and further back through increasingly branching halls and rooms, making remembering your way out interesting!

4421 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74146

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Campervan Conversion: Bed & Sofa

Part V: How to choose your bed, sofa, or hybrid for your camper!


This is the final in a series about our own campervan conversion. We’ll talk about the reasons we made the choices we did, pros and cons of decisions, and hopefully provide some advice for your own adventure!

We faced a major decision in the design of our camper. Where would we sleep, where would we sit, and how could we make it as comfortable as possible without sacrificing space? We went back and forth on this decision, visited several online and in-person shops, and did much research about what other travelers do. Ultimately, we reached a decision we are happy with.

There are two main ways a campervan’s sofa/bed situation can be designed. You can either have a permanent bed and a separate seating area, or you can have a bed that converts to a sofa. We chose the hybrid. From Amazon we purchased this sleeper sofa.

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Clicking on this picture will take you to Amazon’s product page.

There are several reasons we liked it.

  • It was very lightweight so there was no issue moving it around.
  • It has 3 different positions depending upon our needs.
  • We could use it as a sofa and thus have more walking room inside the camper during the day.
  • We could fold it out at night for a bed.
  • It came with 2 extra pillows. (Added comfort)

Overall, it is fairly comfortable. Not likely something you’d want in our house to replace a bed, but with our padded camper floor we didn’t have any issues sleeping. It is narrow, so we both snuggled plenty and our cats often slept on top of us. But when you are out traveling in your camper you often sacrifice comfort for a richer and more adventurous experience.

You also could build a platform to raise this if you wanted to. That is not the direction we ended up going, though.


Other Options Aside from the Sleeper Sofa

After reading this, you may have decided that doesn’t work for you. Many who travel in a camper prefer to have a permanent, raised bed with storage underneath. While that does take up more of your “living” area, you are in a camper, after all, and are out to explore! So do plenty of research and discussion before committing to decision. But so as long as you have the time and money, most anything done to your camper can be changed later. It’s hard to tell until you are actually on the road.


This is the final post in our Campervan Conversion series. Learn how to complete your camper with our other entries!

Part I: Choosing Your Camper

Part II: Walls, Floors, & Utilities

Part III: Storage & Shelving

Part IV: Decor


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Calendar of Corventos


Across Corventos there is a unified calendar each of the five territories uses to keep track of the year. There are some major holidays celebrated across the land, and others are more specific to regions. There are also seasonal weather patterns and natural disaster risks. The days of the week are named after certain Protector Gods. Can you guess which ones? See each month below and discover more about the cultures of Corventos!


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The Pantheon – Insurgent Gods

Blight Dragon / Stitched Wyrm / Iosis

Chaos. Elements. Destruction.

The Blight Dragon is equally known as the Stitched Wyrm or by her name, Iosis. Her symbol is a three-headed dragon. She is depicted as a stitched-together dragon with three heads, two tails, and six legs. Her followers embrace chaos and destruction on a massive scale with a particular affinity for elemental devastation.

Before the Divine Wars the Blight Dragon was once multiple dragons. And they thrived in the creation of the elemental-based planes. But a battle with the Holy Dragon left them so grievously wounded that their cultists had to stitch them together as one. Ever since then they have been known as a single entity, reformed to spread her influence in this new post-Sundering world.

Fable / Dishonest Father

Tales. Drink. Hedonism.

The Dishonest Father is more commonly referred to by his name, Fable. His symbol is an open book with a pink cover and gold coins falling from within. He is often depicted as a colorful Bard playing an instrument. His followers tend to be those that value a good time above all. Parties, gambling, drink, and anything other than work and discipline are enjoyed. They also like exchanging stories, and the more embellishment, the better.

Fable is more morally ambiguous rather than evil. In the prime age of the deities he wanted their creations to have fun and share stories. But he also influenced laziness and putting self-indulgence above everything else. Fable enjoyed sexual encounters with mortals and had no preference for gender or race. Because of this he spawned a few demi-gods that now reside in the Celestial Plane.

Hoofed King / Chained One / Ank’thulm

Control. Deals. Greed.

The Hoofed King is sometimes referred as the Chained One or more rarely by his name, Ank’thulm. His symbol is two chains crossed over a dark gray backdrop. He is often depicted as a large humanoid with curving horns, sharp teeth, and hoofed feet. He rules over the Hells and all within. His followers are those that value making deals that are easily twisted and corrupted to achieve their own ends.

The Hoofed King had very little interest in the Material Plane during the Prime Age of the Gods. He stayed within the Hells and sought to control and corrupt the other gods’ creations through that seat of power. He took little part in the Divine Wars, and remained in the Hells after the building of the Gate of the Gods. Now trapped so he cannot leave, his fiends often traverse the planes to spread his greed.

Life Drinker / Hooded Shadow / Driphiss

Poison. Disease. Corruption.

The Life Drinker is also referred to as the Hooded Shadow or more commonly by his name, Driphiss. His symbol is a green drop of poison and he is often depicted as a hooded figure holding a green blade. His followers use any means necessary to achieve power and take revenge on those that wronged them, especially through poison and other stealthy means.

In the Prime Age of the Gods, Driphiss enjoyed pitting their creations against each other by whispering in their ears and giving them the means of killing one another. He is considered the starting point for wars and violence, and because of that he is a direct enemy of the Life Giver. While he rarely worked with any other gods, Driphiss intensified the Divine Wars in his underhanded and indirect ways.

Masked One / Thief Lord / Ragseev

Aggression. Thievery. Deception.

The Masked One sometimes goes by the Thief Lord or more frequently by his name, Ragseev. His symbol is knotted gray rags. He is often depicted as a tall, slender humanoid wearing a mask. He often appeals to the outcasts of society, giving some an outlet for their anger and vengeance. He actively promotes lies, stealing, and violence.

Ragseev is the son of the Silk Weaver and the Magister. From early on he enjoyed influencing the worst in the gods’ creations. Though he occasionally associated with the Life Drinker, he preferred to be on his own to carry out his own plots. He was a part of many major battles during the Divine Wars.

Silk Weaver / Matriarch of Malice / Aranese

Slavery. Torture. Lust.

The Silk Weaver is often referred to by her name, Aranese, and less frequently as the Matriarch of Malice. Her symbol is a spiderweb on a black backdrop. She is often depicted in one of three forms. A Dark Elf female, a giant spider, or a half-woman half-spider creature. She has a dedicated cult following that upholds strict matriarchal laws. But any outside of the cult that are drawn to her wish to follow a god that is to be feared and who rewards those that please her with power.

In the Prime Age of the Gods Aranese scorned the other deities for their handling of their creations. Aranese thought the gods’ superiority should be enforced, and they should subjugate all others. This led to many clashes across the Divine Wars as Aranese was the first to demand blood sacrifices on her altar. A large divine battle led to her banishment from the Material Plane and to the deepest recesses of the Chasm.


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Campervan Conversion: Decor

Part IV: Tips for Your Campervan’s Decor!


This is the fourth in a series about our own campervan conversion. We’ll talk about the reasons we made the choices we did, pros and cons of decisions, and hopefully provide some advice for your own adventure!

When you get your campervan conversion all finished up with the practicalities in place, it can look rather functional. But now it’s a blank slate on which to paint your personality! We have some tips here for how to decorate your camper safely for the road, as well as examples for what we did.


One primary canvas for your decor is your cabinets, shelves, and drawers. If you have gone this route, they are blank slates of wood that can easily be painted upon. While some may like the plain, rustic look, we wanted to add more color.

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A good thing here is that you don’t have to have any artistic ability. Even though I (Ashley) am an artist, we opted for buying stencils at a local hobby and crafts shop. Using the paints I already had, I added the decoration. Our primary campervan colors were blues, oranges, and yellows. So I went with aqua and bronze paint.

To help “pretty up” the ends of the shelves, we had bought many “back splash” stickers from a craft store. We used these a few places in the camper to bring color and design, as well as on the ends of each shelf.

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We had a few adventurous posters we liked, so we took them out of their frames and taped them to the walls. These included a map of Middle-Earth, a map from our Thread of Souls book series, and art of the tower of Barad-dur. Yes.

We also didn’t like the wiring you could see all along the top of the van’s interior. So we wrapped them in plastic vines and leaves to give a wilderness feel to the whole thing. Overall we added a lot of decor here and there in order to add personality, color, and a travel vibe to the entire thing.

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Here is a simple overview of where we added decor:

  • We tied Celtic shawls on the back of our seats (my ancestry)
  • We hung up a dream catcher
  • We twisted plastic vines and leaves all around the wiring in the cargo section
  • We added stick-on back splash tiles to the ends of the shelves, the sink, and on some parts of the walls
  • We used stencils to add paint onto the cabinets and shelving
  • We taped up some posters
  • We used stick-on mirrors for the walls
  • We hung a single travel decor sign
  • We placed a few stick-on wood-style tiling to the walls for some variations

Part I: Choosing Your Camper

Part 2: Walls, Floors, & Utilities

Part 3: Storage & Shelving


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Campervan Conversion: Storage & Shelving

Part III: Where to store your stuff!


This is the third in a series about our own campervan conversion. We’ll talk about the reasons we made the choices we did, pros and cons of decisions, and hopefully provide some advice for your own adventure!

One of the biggest uses when converting your campervan is storage. You are starting with a blank slate, and aside from some general built-in spaces, there is not much for storage. We jumped through so many hurdles trying to decide what to do about our storage. But what we finally ended up with was simple, streamlined, and carried everything we needed for the journey!


Cabinets

We ultimately decided to install two cabinets. We really liked them because they had good space within for heavier or larger items. However, the cabinets themselves are weighty, so knew we couldn’t just stick them anywhere.

We bought two from Lowe’s and screwed them into the wooden studs already in place on the wall. This was after we’d installed our aesthetic colored poster board so it did require some feeling about and keen “eye-balling” to ensure we screwed them in the correct places! We also bought handles for the cabinet, as well as magnetic latches. But that is up to you if you feel you need those!

But we absolutely loved the cabinets for their interior capacity and ability to hold items on top, as well.

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Shelving

Shelving was, at first, a big puzzler for us. We didn’t want heavy shelves because we feared damage to our studs. We also needed some that had a lip on the front to ensure items did not slide off, which was surprisingly difficult to find! We shopped around at many stores and finally broke down and decided to build our own from scratch.

I (Ashley) was nervous about this idea because we’d never built a shelf from scratch before. But Scottie was excited and so we picked up what we needed from Lowe’s as well as a local craft store. Here are the parts you will need to recreate what we built for your own campervan conversion:

  • a simple board about the length and width for your storage needs
  • a smaller, thinner board the same length to serve as your front
  • 2 square pieces of wood the same width as the board to serve as your ends
  • two metal “L” shaped brackets to mount underneath the shelf
  • 8 screws (depending on the bracket you buy)
  • wood glue
  • items to decorate (if desired)
  • a drill
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Our process to put these together was fairly simple. And once we had a system down it only took 2 days to build from scratch and install 5 shelves. The longest process was the wood glue drying. But we chose wood glue over more screws to protect the integrity of the board.

Here was our process for putting together each shelf.

  • Mark on the largest board where the bracket holes are.
  • Screw in the brackets to the bottom of the board.
  • Mark on the wall where the board will sit using the additional bracket holes that will go into the wall.
  • Screw the bracket onto the wall, thus effectively hanging your shelf.
  • Using wood glue, set your smaller, thinner board along the front edge of your shelf to serve as its lip.
  • Follow wood glue directions to allow it to sit and get secured!
  • Do the exact same process for the two square pieces of wood to create ends for your shelf, thus securing your items.
  • Allow the glue to have 24 hours to set before testing its strength.
  • Go on a drive with the shelf full to verify you did a good job!

So overall we had two cabinets and five shelves, and they did well in holding what we needed them to. We had a few instances of a cup falling off one of the shelves if we hit a pot hole, but otherwise they were strong and protected our items!

You can read how we chose the camper we did here.
And all about campervan conversion walls, floors, and utilities here.

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Campervan Conversion: Walls, Floors, & Utilities

Part II: Options for walls and floors. And what are you going to do about utilities, anyway?


This is the second in a series about our own campervan conversion. We’ll talk about the reasons we made the choices we did, pros and cons of decisions, and hopefully provide some advice for your own adventure!

After we picked out a campervan, our trusty Nissan NV2500 (high top, mind you), we were ready to get to work! Unfortunately all the really fun stuff and decorations had to wait until we had a base down. That meant deciding what to do about walls, floors, the ceiling, and our general “utilities”. You know, how would we get power, how would we wash things, did we need heat or A/C?

I don’t think a campervan conversion is every truly “finished”. It is an ongoing process as you travel about and make changes and learn new things. But here I want to break down what we started with and why we made those decisions. And also if there are any future improvements in mind.


The Walls

We knew we needed some basic wooden studs along the walls to enable us to hang shelves or cabinets. Having never built anything like this in our life, it was an imposing task. We watched some other “van lifers” online and read some tutorials about what we would need to do.

This wasn’t necessarily a cheap endeavor and we ended up dropping a few hundred dollars on the walls. But let’s be honest here, $200 of that was for a powerful enough impact drill. Which we cherish very dearly now.

We went to Lowe’s and bought six wood planks after measuring for van wall height and how many we would need. We then bought long enough screws that would fit the screw holes already in place in the van. It didn’t come with as many as we would have preferred, but we made it work.

After measuring and marking with pencil, we successfully secured each wood plank along the walls. At this point, some people may want to do insulation. But we had no intention of traveling to any intense climates and skipped over that step. After testing this full-time on the road, we didn’t have any issues with extreme temperature that couldn’t be solved by rolling the windows up or down.

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After the wood went in, we wanted to cover the walls to ensure they looked pretty. Nothing fancy here! We simply went to a crafts store and bought large square pieces of heavy duty poster board. We liked the combination of a turquoise and a deep yellow. We used smaller screws to secure these into the wood planks.

The hardest part about all of this was working around the wheel wells. Especially with our poster board as it required a lot of cutting and some guesswork. But in the end, we had smooth, colorful walls.


The Floors & Ceiling

We did not do anything fancy for the floors or ceiling. I know you see a lot of these campervan photos with pristine wooden planks on the floor and ceiling, but that didn’t match what we envisioned. First off, I (Ashley) hate wood floors and find them uncomfortable. Second, we didn’t really intend to hang anything from the ceiling so having all that support didn’t seem necessary. And third, that is a lot of effort and money for something we weren’t 100% invested in.

So what did we do for our campervan conversion? For the floors, we bought very thick foam padding and taped it all down with rug tape. After that, we bought beautiful accent rugs and laid them on top. The results was a floor so soft you could sleep on it! Moving forward, we will secure the rugs with some type of heavy duty tape as there were issues with them shifting.

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We left the ceiling blank and instead hung up a fishing net. We bought it from Academy and cut off the weighted sides. We then hung it up with zip ties through holes that already existed along the ceiling. That served as a flexible storage area.


Electricity & Water

We were faced with our next big question. What would we do about utilities? How would we wash things and ourselves? How would we power our computers for remote work?

Let’s start with water first. Off Amazon we ended up buying a $70 portable camping sink. It has a five gallon bucket it draws water from, as well as its own liquid soap dispenser and towel rung. We absolutely loved it and it was super convenient. However, we still struggle with a good place to let the waste water flow. The sink comes with a disposal hose but nothing to attach to it. We used a bucket, but in the future we will likely design it in a more convenient fashion. Still workshopping ideas!

We opted for the bucket method to wash dishes and clothes for our campervan conversion. We had four buckets total for this endeavor as well as your standard cleaning products. A clothes drying rack was chosen to dry them out.

And what about the big question? You know, the toilet? Well, we made use of shops and gas stations around us. We also bought a fold out portable toilet from Amazon. It is not glamorous, but with some sanitizing products and good cleanliness practices, it works in a pinch!

A shower was our next concern. How would we keep ourselves clean? A simple solution presented itself at Academy with a portable outdoor shower that is heated by the sun. We hung it outside, put on bathing suits, and got clean! We had to help each other out as gravity is what pulls the water down and we didn’t have a really high place to hang it. To be honest, we never quite got the hang of timing our water warming. Either we showered too soon (because traveling is a busy life!) or we waited too long and the sun was setting. So our showers were cold. But we laughed and shivered and washed each other and let the wind dry us.

That brings us to our final topic. Electricity. Driving to our destinations was a great source of charging for our phones and inverters (more on those in a moment). But how would we power things when we were just parked?

We looked into various options of installing a second battery during our campervan conversion. In fact, a second battery was Plan A. But this van wasn’t designed the best to install a second one. We got several professional opinions and all involved rewelding parts of the van, running long cables, weeks of build time, and of course plenty of $$$.

In the end, we decided to rough it a bit more and rely on two inverters we bought off Amazon. They could charge all of our things. Does it work? Technically, yes. We never were out of power. But the inverters themselves have to be recharged by driving (or hooking up to an electrical outlet). In the future, we will probably will allow the time and money to install a second battery. But for now, these work as well as we can expect!


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Speed Round

Alright! Speed round time to recap and hit up common questions I know we had when looking to do our campervan conversion.

Do you have a refrigerator? We use a Magellan cooler with ice.

How do you cook food? We’ve got a small charcoal grill.

How do you get water? We store multiple gallons at the back and refill our sink as needed, as well as our washing buckets, shower bag, and water bottles.

How do you take showers? A handy outdoor portable shower we bought from an adventure/outdoors store.

How do you go to the bathroom? A portable toilet, or local shops and gas stations.

How do you charge your devices? We have two inverters. The inverters charge themselves while driving.

How do you have light? Two battery-operated magnetic light switches inside the van. And sunlight!

How do you stay cool? Roll the windows down or turn on our rechargeable fancy fan (we call it fancy because it cools off better than a normal fan).

How do you stay warm? It was only an issue at night. If we got too cold we would roll up the windows and toss an extra blanket over ourselves.

What did you do for floors? Thick foam cushions and rugs.

How did you build the walls? Six wood planks screwed in with an impact drill. Thick poster board atop those for looks.

How do you wash your clothes or the dishes? Buckets we fill with water and cleaning products. And some elbow grease!


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Finding WiFi on the Road

Working while traveling on the road isn’t ideal. Traveling is meant to be a fun experience full of adventure and new sights. But there may come a time when work must be done and you find yourself in the middle of nowhere and in need of internet access. It’s times like these that can make life on the road a bit frustrating but we’re here to help you through it because we experienced it.

Finding the Elusive WiFi

These tips are built for adventurers who don’t have WiFi built into their campervan, car, or RV. These guidelines are for more rugged trips where you’re farther removed from civilization. Perhaps on the beach enjoying the ocean breeze or you’re in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness and you need the internet to see exactly what bear that was outside your window.

Traveling extensively in a vehicle can be exhausting – which we cover here – and if you add on finding internet to the mix, you’ll be even more exhausted. More often than not if you’re away from cell towers, your phone won’t have the necessary juice to connect to the internet. One bar may be enough for browsing Pinterest but it won’t be good enough to stream Netflix so you can watch Henry Cavill strike down monsters as the handsome Witcher Geralt of Rivia. Prepare to do some driving.

Parking Lots

There are many options when it comes to tracking down WiFi. One of the best is Starbucks (which is not one of our sponsors). Of course buying a coffee or dessert is preferably if you plan on parking outside and eating up their delicious WiFi – that is if you’re lucky enough to fit the vehicle in the drive thru and parking lot. Or you could just go inside if regulations allow.

Another location is McDonalds and trust us the urge to consume your own weight in nuggets may be high.

Public libraries are also great for finding WiFi and for hunting down that book on your read list. Or you could check out our fantasy series Thread of Souls.

Also, many rest stops may have their own WiFi you can pull from.

Hotspots

One we found most useful was a WiFi hotspot. If you are absolutely unable to locate a strong and dependable WiFi signal, the next best thing is to use your phone’s service. By either plugging it directly into the computer’s USB port or turning on tethering, you’ll have access to WiFi in no time, as long as the cell service is strong (three bars or higher should be fine).

Aside from using your phone – which will consume battery rather quickly – an actual hotspot device is another viable route. Keep in mind that these work similarly to a cell phone plan, each can be paid on a month to month basis or an upfront fee where you choose how much data you think you’ll use.

Hotels

If fast and reliable internet is something you desperately need, hotels may be the best choice. Though you will have to pay for a room if you want to use their service. Or you may be able to ask them for the WiFi password and if you’re lucky enough, they may oblige.


As we’ve learned from experience, doing work on a laptop in a camper isn’t the most comfortable. Having a table or area specifically designed for working is key. Backs and necks can get sore without having a chair with good lumbar support.

Working and traveling on the road is a time consuming process. There may not always be a restaurant, rest stop, or coffee shop nearby so plan accordingly and find whatever way works best for you.