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 house-sitting 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 House-sitter from the Get-Go. Stay tuned.)
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I’ve recently finished my first novel, Walk, Sweat, & Wonder: Jamie Bacon’s Secret Mission on the Ancient Camino of Spain. It’s a middle-grades (age 8-13) travel adventure about the mishaps, exploits, and miracles (maybe?) of two kids who hike the famous 500-mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Things get complicated for eleven-year-old Jamie, the main character, when he promises two Goth-looking guys to deliver a lumpy envelope, unopened, in Santiago de Compostela city, the destination of all the 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, rescue a child from a charging bull, explore castles and cathedrals, and a whole lot more. Plus, plodding along on that long, 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. It been an awesome project to get me exploring the world.
A town that Jamie and Lily walk through in Walk, Sweat, & Wonder
Now that the manuscript is 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 surprise, mystery, and travel.