Life is good, don’t you think? For me right now, life’s a travel adventure and an experiment in creating a mobile, productive, satisfying lifestyle. I’m a writer, a former high-school teacher, an amateur photographer, a global nomad, and a grandmother with a mailing address in Southern California.
For the last several years, my most loyal companion has been my 2009 Prius, White Lightning. She takes me on road-trips and to house-sitting opportunities in places that appeal to me. For example, I’ve house-sat in arty Santa Fe, NM; charming Corvallis, OR; huge Los Angeles, CA; intellectual Boulder, CO; delightful Vashon Island, WA; and mountain-framed Crestone, CO. I love the freedom, flexibility, and gas economy White Lightning provides, and if there’s wifi available, I can write, photograph, and work on projects almost anywhere.
In addition to housesitting in those US locations, I traveled in 2016 to France, England, Germany, Spain, and Bulgaria. And I’m certainly open to considering house-sitting abroad. (I’m working on a free e-book: How to be an Expert Novice House-sitter. Stay tuned.)
In my blog here, I post occasional pieces and photo essays about places and people; art that inspires me; books I (or kids I know) read; road trips; challenges and solutions I’ve found as a writer, and more. Generally, I write about things that amuse me, puzzle me, or make my heart soar (or sore). You’re welcome to follow me by entering your email address in the box on the right so you’ll be notified when I make a new post. Of course, you can unsubscribe at any time, and FYI, I’m not informed about who subscribes. Because of spam, my settings don’t allow comments, so if you want to reach me, please use the Contact form.
My most exciting project right now is my next book-in-process, Walk, Sweat, & Wonder: Jamie Bacon’s Secret Mission on the Ancient Camino of Spain. It’s a middle-grades (age 8-13) mystery about the adventures of two kids, who are home-schooled by their mom, on the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. That 500-mile hike gets complicated for eleven-year-old Jamie, the main character, when he promises two European guys to deliver a lumpy envelope, unopened, in Santiago de Compostela. That’s the destination of Camino pilgrims. Jamie has no clue what he’s carrying, yet he’s determined to keep his promise, until ….
The purpose of literature is to teach and to delight. Walk, Sweat, & Wonder, I’m pretty sure, does both. Along with the typical trials of pilgrims, Jamie and his sister Lily, 13, meet amazing companions, survive an accident and a charging bull, perform rescues, explore castles and cathedrals, and more. Plus, plodding along this long, long trail, they hear story after story about medieval history and life.
Writing Walk, Sweat, & Wonder took me three times, so far, to Spain and the Camino with my backpack and boots. What a fabulous adventure-project it’s been.
A town that Jamie and Lily walk through in Walk, Sweat, & Wonder
Now that it’s completed, I’m on to the next segment of a book’s pilgrimage: finding an agent or publisher for Walk, Sweat, & Wonder. I can hardly wait until it’s available for kids of all ages who love adventure, surprise, and travel.