It’s been a busy couple of months! I finally passed my manuscript on to a few friends and their feedback is streaming in. I swear these friends could be diplomats. Their criticism finesse and ideas for improvement have me on the edge of my seat salivating for more, eager to get back to editing. Maybe I’m just excited to receive feedback and bounce ideas [...]
I’ve been quiet here lately.
I took a break from blogging to focus on writing Immersed, the book.
Then I got stuck and wasn’t sure how to fix it.
So I read and researched.
I dissected the chapters of Blood, Bones and Butter to see how another writer wrote her memoir.
I read parts of Don’t [...]
1. Feeling great pleasure ordering a beer at a cafe in France when I wasn’t of legal drinking age, only to later learn my “biere sans alcool” was non-alcoholic.
2. Attempting not to be trampled in a throng of shoppers in a Beijing department store on a Sunday.
3. Waking up in a tent in the middle of the [...]
My kids and I descended on the restaurant on our way to the dinghy. They pulled off their shoes and tossed them in the entry way to the kitchen. Remy went to look for the cat, Simon climbed into the favorite flowering bush. I introduced myself to the new arrivals, a couple just beginning their honeymoon, [...]
I cringed. It could only be me the voice from behind was calling. The last time a man jogged to catch up with me on my walk from the white house to our dinghy in Clare Valley, not the presence of my toddler riding on my shoulders nor my declaration of [...]
We spotted the Ford Ranger from the ferry.
Its turquoise color matched the sea.
The truck’s owner hurried toward us. “Good morning, you must be Brian and Nicole, and you are the children, and you, the brother!” Herb said. His wife, Ilene, hugged us.
“Wow, the truck is outfitted just like ours,” Brian said.
“Is that right?” asked Herb. “Shall [...]
Comic books and graphic novels are the favorite reading material of Remy and Simon these days so they circulate through our house by the armful. Our latest find is artist, Kazu Kibuishi, cartoonist extraordinaire. We can’t wait for the third book in his Amulet series to be published, but this Copper cartoon actually inspired me to create my own cartoon.
Last week I attended a screening of the documentary, Jamaica for Sale, presented by co-producer, Diana McCaulay.
The film investigates how the explosion of mega resorts gobbling up Jamaica’s coastline has affected the country. Here’s the low-down:
Citizens are booted off land they’ve lived on for decades They’re no longer allowed access to beaches they’ve swam at all their life The coral reefs and fish are [...]
Coconuts grow abundantly on St. Vincent and everywhere you turn, coconut products abound, from fresh coconuts to bottled coconut water, coconut oil to coconut treats.
You’ll find coconut sugar cakes, packaged in little plastic baggies like you’d find at a neighborhood bake sale, at every shop, from the roadside shack to the bigger supermarkets. I am certain this shop [...]
After seeing my last post, Brian said matter-of-factly, ”That’s not a great picture of you. You look kind of weird.” I took a second look and, yeah, I think I need to say something about it.
That picture shows what happens when you go from living in a house in the city, your main job being taking care of kids [...]
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