Going Aloft, Chapter 26

The End. Such a permanent little sentence, isn't it? One often imagines it as the closing of a book, a final moment of quiet pause before it returns to the dusty dry shelf. But books, while they may imitate life, aren't life. Stories end, but life keeps on going along (or aloft, if you'd like). … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 26

Going Aloft, Chapter 25

Here it is, ya'll: the penultimate chapter. Hard to believe I've been doing this every two weeks all year long. I'll save the waxing poetic for the final installment, but I'd like to preemptively thank you all for joining me on this ride, and I hope you'll stick around for the next one, too. In … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 25

Going Aloft, Chapter 18

Apologies, y'all: I've been so busy with all these other writing projects that I've neglected to keep updating the blog with new chapters of Going Aloft. Really, it's a good problem to have. Chapter 18 sketches a pivotal moment in the incredibly-messy-yet-passionate love story between the Writer and the Artist, and is an experimental attempt … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 18

Going Aloft, Chapter 17

In this chapter, more than in any other, I make a choice. A choice between staying out in the wilderness with the Captain, or giving up, returning to the life of comfort and luxury I had grown up in. Our little trio was tempted by the fruits of creature comforts (clean sheets, air conditioning, variety … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 17

Going Aloft, Chapter 16

John Canoe, or Junkanoo, is the subject of this chapter. Once practiced as a festival here in coastal North Carolina, it is essentially a two-day-long party sandwiched between Christmas and New Years, involving traditional and modern dancing, ornate costumes, and plenty of music. According to one historian, Professor Stephen Nissenbaum of the University of Massachusetts … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 16

Going Aloft, Chapter 14

Living in a regimented manner makes any introduction of variety hold greater importance. When you expect your daily life to be a certain way, the weight of dynamic change amplifies. You ¬†find yourself focusing more on things that are exceptional. This was how life was for us in the harbor. Every day was the same, … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 14

Going Aloft, Chapter 12

At it's core, and despite all of the parts about sailing, storms, and sublimity, Going Aloft is really a love story. It's about a young man who falls in love with his surroundings and his mentor and his friends, but the most important blossoming of love is the bond between the Writer and the Artist. … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 12

Going Aloft, Chapter 11

For all you fisherpeople out there, this chapter's for you. Saltwater fishing has always captivated my imagination more than freshwater. Maybe it's the spectacular colors of the fish, maybe it's the possibility of catching a real whale-scaled monster, but I've always gotten bored in lakes and streams. When I moved to the coast seven years … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 11

Going Aloft, Chapter 10

This chapter captures one of my favorite memories of the voyage- the morning after the hellacious storm of the night before. There was this satisfied feeling of having survived something terrifying, of breaking through to the other side of a very tangible and real obstacle. And the sea was as beautiful as I have ever … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 10