This blog has been quiet lately. I suppose that’s normal, since Wondertime is still 7,000 miles away and we haven’t been doing much sailing here or anywhere. Both girls are back in school full-time, a kindergartener and a third grader. They ride the yellow school bus to and fro and are generally having a great time, making new friends and getting re-acquainted with old ones. They both rush home excited to complete their homework so we must have done something right as we fumbled along in our boatschooling.
Which leaves me, home alone, all by myself for seven — count ’em! — SEVEN hours a day. For the first time in nearly nine years. It’s heaven, seriously. I’m not eating bon bons on the couch and watching daytime TV (is that even on still?), although I have picked up my Kindle during the day a few times. No, I’ve been pounding this keyboard like I’m trying to put it out of commission. And couldn’t be happier.
I’m loving writing full-time, and like anything, am finding the more that I do what I love, the more opportunities pop out of seemingly nowhere. I’ve been writing about sailing of course, but also touching on topics that I don’t like to write about, and finding those stories just as important.
- Last month, I wrote about what it’s like to depend on a Continuous Glucose Monitor to help manage my type 1 diabetes on TheAtlantic.com in “Modern Life Without a Pancreas“
- ASweetLife.org is a website bursting with inspirational stories, news, and viewpoints to help people living with all types of diabetes and I was honored to share my story in “How I Sailed to New Zealand with Type 1 Diabetes”
- I’ve also been doing some writing for a local website, ThurstonTalk.com, and you might enjoy this one if you are currently boat-less like we are: “How to Sail in Olympia Without a Boat“
- Finally, pick up or download the November 2014 issue of Pacific Yachting to read about one of our very most favorite places to sail, Barkley Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
I’ve also been working on a much bigger writing project that I’m very excited about. More news on that will come in a month or two, so stay tuned.
When boats stop cruising and posts dwindle away to nothing, I’m always disappointed. I want to know what’s next for the people I’ve followed along across oceans. What are they doing now? How have they changed? What have they learned? I’m still trying to figure out that myself, so I’ll keep writing, with hopes to encourage others to take a chance, whether it’s cruising or anything else.
What are you wondering about? Let me know in the comments, or send an email. I’d love to write about it.