From My Point of View

I made this Youtube video over a year ago. I feel that it sums up the dedication page in Prepare to Come About very nicely. “For my families–both blood and saltwater.

Somewhere along the way, I’ve learned that the old saying, “You can’t pick your family,” is entirely inaccurate. True, the members that make up your blood relations are not chosen by you, however if you are very lucky, then you end up finding your other family, those who can color your life equally and dramatically.

We were lucky in that way, and the stories and themes that are woven throughout Prepare to Come About exemplify the ties of both types of our families. The peaks, the ebbs and the strong bonds of those connections are quintessential to the book.

I’ve enjoyed the entire process of writing and editing the chapters of my book. Through the work that has gone into the memoir, I’ve discovered quite a bit about myself and grown to appreciate those families even more than before–during both the good and the bad times.

In the last few months, we’ve had a few losses in our families, by unexpected illness, emotional distress and accidents. Several of them are characters in the book. I’m grateful that they’ll always be a part of my story, both on the page and in my memories. John Lennon said it best. “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.”

I hope that you’ll enjoy the video, the scenery alone is worth the watching. A special thanks to new friends Forest Sun and Ingrid Serban for their song Twenty Toes in the Sand.



Extra! Extra! Read all about it–“Prepare to Come About” is published!

It has begun!

If you’d like to order a “hot-off-the-press” Prepare to Come About book, you can get it now at and at the e-store for Createspace:

(other e-reader formats to be available within the next two or three days)

Monday October 23rd is the date that Amazon will have it available in print for sale.

Color me happy!


News for “Prepare to Come About”

prepare-to-come-about-cover.jpg  Prepare to Come About is ready to launch!

I’ve temporarily put the writer mode on hold and switched to marketing director mode. Everything is rolling full steam ahead for when I hit the “publish now” button.

Excited? You bet!

I will be reading excerpts from PtCA at Grass Roots Books & Music on /November 19th (Wednesday) @ 7PM. 227 SW 2nd Ave in Corvallis, Oregon.

Sunday afternoon, December 7th at 4PM in the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Old Fairhaven 1200 11th St, Bellingham Wa.

I hope that you can make one of these events. (More upcoming author events in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia coming soon)!

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Of Old Dogs and New Tricks

The howls from the old boat next our slip had increased dramatically by the second day. “Do you think we should go over and investigate?”  Jeffery asked.

“I dunno. Nobody’s been on that boat for months–ever since we complained about the constant parties. How’d they end up with a dog onboard I wonder.”

“Well, we either need to let it out or check to see if somebody has died. I can’t stand listening to it bark and howl.”

With that, my husband walked across the dock and climbed aboard the listing old workboat, rescuing a frightened old dog and changing our lives.

Read more of this essay on the  Flota-Navium post


Calypso needs to be in the middle of everything.

Three Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

Definitely words I need to heed this fall:

The Daily Post

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Summer is over (at least in my neck of the woods), which means back to school…and in my case, back to trying to blog more.

I don’t miss much about school, but I do miss the ritual of new school supplies. I was the sort of nerd who loved shopping for new notebooks and binders, covering my books (is that still a thing?), and developing new organizational strategies every year.

In that vein, here are a few tips for how to organize and support your blogging efforts for maximum efficiency. Think of it as your back-to-blogging prep list. 

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Interview: Vela Magazine Founder Sarah Menkedick on Women Writers and Sustainable Publishing


Cheri Lucas Rowlands | Longreads | Oct. 2 2014 | 10 minutes (2,399 words)

Three years ago, Sarah Menkedick launched Vela Magazine in response to the byline gender gap in the publishing industry, and to create a space that highlights excellent nonfiction written by women. Last week, Menkedick and her team of editors launched a Kickstarter campaign to grow Vela as a sustainable publication for high-quality, long-form nonfiction, to pay their contributors a competitive rate, and to continue to ensure that women writers are as recognized and read as their male counterparts. Menkedick chatted with Longreads about her own path as a writer, the writer’s decision to work for free, building a sustainable online publication, and the importance of featuring diverse voices in women’s nonfiction.

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Let’s talk about Vela’s origins. You created Vela in 2011 as a space for women writers in response to the byline gender gap — yet it’s…

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