Tag: travel

things of 2016

things of 2016

2016 is a bit odd to look back on because things have changed so much. It feels like years have passed between now and March and yet, oddly, things in December are beginning to look a little more like they did earlier in the year. I know, cryptic. It’ll all make sense once I get through the months. Suffice it to say, where 2014 was the year of traveling and 2015 was the year of author events then 2016 is the year of change; of building new paths to create new futures. And I like change! January I guess I truly began as I meant to go on since January […]

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things of 2015

things of 2015

If 2014 was the year of traveling, 2015 has been the year of author events. I discovered, somewhere along the way that there’s a lot of great book community activity around me and I jumped into the middle of it. Even made a new friend on New Year’s Eve. The other part of this year has been editing my audiobook. I had no idea when I started everything that would be involved or how long it would take. My goals for the year were laughable. I was going to publish the audiobook of Tattered Heart by March and publish Enchanted Storms (which didn’t even have a title yet). I was […]

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things of 2014

things of 2014

Initially this post was a filler, just a way to space some things out. But once I started writing it, I realized it’s actually a year worth remembering. I published my first novel, Tattered Heart. That should have been a clue right there that I should write something about this year. It was exciting and gratifying and I learned so much about self-publishing and traditional publishing along the way. Since I decided to self-publish I also decided to do everything myself. I had two great editors, so not quite everything. But almost. I designed the cover. I handled the interior design. My sister did an awesome job drawing the map. […]

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London

London

This is the tale of an accidental bookmark collection. Which is an odd thing for a girl who finds bookmarks an implicit defeat when reading. It starts at Westminster Abbey. Well, I suppose it starts a bit before that, sometime after I landed in the UK on a Monday, had lunch and decided to spend the afternoon walking around London. Which then led to Parliament and so of course Big Ben, and then Westminster Abbey. A service was near beginning so the lines were far too long to consider going in. But I told a friend I’d bring her back a post card and the shop outside Westminster seemed much […]

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New York

New York

I admit, I’d never been to New York before. Which wouldn’t be much of an admission if I didn’t also add that I was never really interested in ever going. Something about it always seemed far too east coast and foreign in my mind and I would have been perfectly happy never to experience that particular city. Until the possibility of going became very real, and then… I was intrigued and excited. What a novel new experience this would be. Mostly it was work, but it was good work and work paid for the trip so there’s not much to complain about. But when it wasn’t work, it was walking […]

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this isn’t my first rodeo

this isn’t my first rodeo

This is the view of Waiamea Canyon. It’s an arduous 6 hour hike up. At least, I imagine that it would be 6 hours, but we drove up. We did hike eventually, though. There’s this little foot path of a trail behind the Discovery Center in Waiamea Canyon that I highly recommend. My parents told us it would be an easy flat hike, just fine for the kids. Turns out it was only steep in a few places, but there were thin tree roots growing through the path like stair steps that were at times both helpful and complicated. There were a couple of muddy streams to forge through and […]

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surprisingly, ocean water eases neither sunburn or bug bites

My cousin let us rent their island car from them so we don’t look so much like tourists. It’s a little bit rusted and worn in, the a/c doesn’t work and the radio only gets 2 stations. But its kind of cozy and carries a fantastic sense of freedom and ease. I enjoy cruising around the island in it. Wednesday we left the slow pokes at home and went back to hike Kuilau again. This time we went a little over 4 miles round trip. Kuilau is kind of a perfect hike; it’s challenging in spots, but just when you think its too difficult it flattens out some. So its […]

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living the coronoa life (without the beer)

living the coronoa life (without the beer)

I love Kaua’i. I love the way the whole island smells and the way the air feels and how it ridiculously feels like home. Or, if not home at least somehow that I belong here. I think part of it is the simple authenticity of life here, the closeness to the earth; I respond well to those things. And the ocean; I love the water here. I think I could live here for 6 months and learn to surf and be perfectly content. The litany of events… Sunday we hung out at Mahalapu beach with my cousins. My younger cousin took me around through her tunnel of trees into the […]

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