There are at least two cities named Nassau. The one you see is the one you can afford. One is bright and glittering and attractive, the leisure grounds of the imperial visitors who arrive there on sleek white ships. The other, hidden safely from sight from the tourists, is rife with the darker issues of … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 15
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
So we've finally made it. We've crossed an ocean, and now we're in foreign territory, far from where we began. Dorothy, we're not in Kansas anymore. Our paradigm has shifted. Now we must learn a city. Now we must start a business. Now we must work and improve the boat as best as we can, … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 13
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
The one question everyone asks when they hear I've sailed the sea is, "Did you encounter any storms out there?" The answer to that, of course, is yes, we did. Yes, it was overwhelming. Yes, I was afraid. But I was also in awe, and in love with where I was and who I was with … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 9
So this chapter, or rather an earlier rendition of it, was the one I submitted to my editor when she first approached me with the idea of publishing a story serially. I knew I wanted to write about my experience sailing, but at that time I only had a handful of rudimentary essays about various … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 7
Chapter Six, in which we finally leave exposition behind and leave into the wild blue void of the Atlantic Ocean. Read it here!
One of the things that I've discovered about myself in writing this book is that I'm a perfectionist. Every little detail, every word, every sentance, has to be exactly right, or else I get angry and depressed. This story is the shining beacon in my life's dark February, and if any cloud-like blemish comes across the … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 4
"When the Saint looked at you, he saw you for who you were—flawed and human—and he loved you for it, because he knew he was the same as you."
Hello again everyone, Another exciting day- Chapter 2 of Going Aloft, The Writer, was published today in encore magazine. If you haven't read Chapter 1 yet, you can find a link to it in the last blog post or on encore's website. Thanks again to everyone who made it possible (especially the lovely Gina Ramseur … Continue reading Going Aloft, Chapter 2