Hi, I’m Liam Brodentel and I’m a fictional travel writer.

No, not a writer of travel fiction (though I am that, too), but a writer who is fictional and travels. If you’re confused, don’t worry, I’m about to make it worse: Not only am I fictional, but this place–this website you’re visiting right now–is my fictional coffeehouse bookstore that’s also a cocktail bar at night.

Actually, who am I kidding? We serve cocktails during the day, too. You can do whatever you want when you’re not real. Scotch on the rocks with ramen and ice cream for breakfast? You got it. I’ll serve it to you here in my café on the edge of the internet.

Where was I going with this?

Right, I’m a fictional writer (and a research copywriter, but more on that later), and while most of my writing is scattered across the globe–either sitting on other people’s websites in the form of ghostwritten web content to promote their businesses or published under my own name on Medium–this is my hub. My home between travels. Where all of my writing and ideas intersect.

Stories, travel, booze, research. Not always in that order.

I’m not sure how you found this place in the virtual middle of nowhere, but welcome anyways. Glad you’re here.

About Me

So, I’m assuming you want to know a little background on me. You’re in luck, because I’m writing an autobiography.

What’s an autobiography of a fictional person like? Well, it’s part travel journal, part adventure story, but all fun. You can read each chapter here on this site as I write it but here’s the first part, so you can get an idea of who I am, why I’m traveling so much, and why this place is named the “Lost Balloon.”


  • Interlude
    An Update It’s a been a few weeks now since we’ve set off in The Candlewind with plans of flying off to sunny Mexico only to find the balloon drifting westward instead… Well, as we’ve learned all too well this year, plans and reality mix like oil and water. It will be a little bit of time before I have the next step of the story captured into tangible words. This is the part where I ask you to be patient but, who am I kidding? I’m not really asking…you have no choice in the matter. So instead I’m going…

    Continue reading → Interlude

I also do research copywriting

As much fun as writing fiction is, I gotta keep the lights on in this place somehow, and research writing for companies and blogs is how I do it. I’ve been research writing academically and professionally for over a decade now.

If you’re in need of a high quality, engaging, and informative article for your business’ website, email newsletter, blog, or even a white paper (I’ve done more of those than I can count), contact me or look me up on Fiverr. I charge the flat industry rate of ten cents per word, with an unlimited amount of revisions. If you don’t like the article I wrote, no problem. Give me your feedback and I’ll make as many edits as you need until the article is looking the way you want it. If you’re still worried about quality, no worries, I’m more than happy to send you my portfolio and feel free to browse my client reviews (and note my perfect 5-star satisfaction rating from well over 100+ orders, just to brag a tiny bit).

I’m currently in the process of setting up an independent system here in the café to take writing orders from clients but, for now, Fiverr is where I’m at.

(And no, I will not write your college thesis for you. Stop asking. You gotta suffer through school writing assignments the good old fashioned way like the rest of us.)

What about the photos?

About 97.6% (give or take .3%) of the photos on this site are taken by me on my travels. There are a very small handful that I pull from stock sites, but I always indicate those with the originator’s information in a caption, the description within the photo, or at the bottom of the page. If you don’t see that info, then I took it.


Liam Brodentel, Lost Balloon Café