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Sassea Sails

SAILING, METAPHORS, ADVENTURE,

Hemingway’s way of writing…

According to Jeff Goin’s blog (Goinswriter.com) Hemingway once remarked on his writing process during those early days in Paris as a fledgling writer:

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then

because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.

Isn’t there at least one true sentence you can say?

 

Or, Picture 2

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Sail in the Bahamas

Do you prefer picture 1?

Sailing Vs Hiking: What’s the diff?

 

Let me Entertain Me…

A few days ago I took on the challenge to write extemporaneously about the word entertain. Today I found myself in a situation I did not like. It conjured up negative, anxious feelings as a result of two people not behaving the way I want them to. Thankfully, I turned my attention to physical activity as a way to dissuade behaving in a way I might regret like sailing upwind with the center board up.

After wheelbarrowing three loads of dead branches and other fallen twigs to our erosion prevention areas, I retreated to my office where the sun is so intense I have to wear my sunglasses to type this. Eventually I will have another area in the loft where I can write. For now, I will use the sun’s intensity to strengthen my resolve to find a humorous way to deal with the situation.

Accessing my sense of humor is how I will entertain my reaction to this situation. Sooner or later a verbal conversation will take place. I need some phrases to accurately express how I feel, what I think, and what I will do. In order to research an appropriate lexicon I need to leave this blog entry in search of self entertainment to deal with an otherwise day of beating to windward in a two foot chop and a 20 knot breeze on my Hobie 14.

Any ideas?  Feel free to comment on my blog or via my e-mail:  sassythesailor@gmail.com

 

 

Let me Entertain You

via Daily Prompt: Entertain  

I am choosing this topic in response to a challenge I received for writing a daily prompt. 

The enticing words to this ubiquitous song send me on an imaginative journey. What words can I use that will find you laughing one minute, sighing the next, and finally withdrawing into the depths of your heart? k

Do I begin with a joke? For the Florida Comprehensive Test of Achievement teachers prepared 4th grade students by encouraging them to begin their essays with an action word. So if I want to entertain you with a summary of my day’s adventure would Sailing to the Summit be a good intro?

I could follow up those words with Sailing to the Summit I slipped on the first snowy step. To save myself I grabbed a dead tree branch that was dangling next to me. ‘Snap went the branch.’ To add to my I Love Lucy adventure, another branch caught the outside pocket of my brand new backpack. The water bottle tumbled out, and as I reached for it with my foot, my whole body slid, not onto the clean freshly fallen snow. No, that would have just gotten me wet. Rather, I slithered onto the slippery slope covered in mud.

How is that for the beginning of an entertaining tale? Does it make you laugh? Is it lighthearted, at least? After hearing comments, I will continue with a transition to a sigh, than end with a soothing cup of warm cider to warm your heart.

What Does it Take to Write a Book

It seems so simple, compile my thoughts, write them down, then put them in a logical order. Hmmm, guess I better get started. After all books do not write themselves.

Perhaps it is like baking a cake. In that case here is a format:

Baking a Cake Writing a Book
1. Gather Ingredients

Use ingredients in the pantry

Purchase ingredients needed

 

1. Gather ideas

Use previously written material

Create new material

2. Combine ingredients in a

particular order

2. Fomat a logical flow

 

      Mix liquids       Create a Table of Contents
      Mix dry ingredients       Create Appendixes for clarification
           Fold dry ingredients into

the wet  ones

3. Write an introduction
3.  Bake 4. Write a summary

 

Validation

About 8 years ago in the tiny town of Chesapeake City an aspiring sailor took the time out of her day to drive a long way to meet me at the dock. A stranger, a gal named Suky, who I read about wanted to get to know me.  Meeting Suky  was the first validation I received as a solo sailor. All my friends, family and colleagues knew of my adventure but it was Suky who made me feel accepted into the world of solo sailing.  Now that I am on respite from sailing it is reading about Suky’s adventures that keeps my dream of sailing alone offshore alive.

Another respected sailor is Sherry McCampbell. I remain in awe of her perseverance to stick with her goal to sail around the world. The days when Sherry and I walked the beaches of Indialantic, Florida are as vivid as if they are still happening. We jabbered with each sandy step. Sherry wanted and found a compatible mate, who she married.  Me, I took the solo route. And, then, I fell into lust over a man who still makes my knees shake when he smiles at me.

While Sherry and her husband Dave are now about halfway around the world, after six years into their ten year circumnavigation, I am learning the ropes of being an unmarried housewife, a fraulein, living at the rural, arid gateway to the Rocky Mountains with a man I adore. Admittedly I am somewhat embarrassed  that I have yet to finish my solo circumnavigation.  Reflecting on the morning Suky showed up at the passage between the Delaware and Chesapeake Rivers which substantiated my need to have someone else  belief that I have the ability to sail where, when and how I choose to navigate the world.

In my heart I know I will sail again. It is in my soul (and my budget)…

 

 

Take It In

“Take it all in, it’s as big as it seems, count all your blessings and remember your dreams…” -Jimmy Buffet

This quote was e-mailed to me from my new friend and author, Laura Carter, in Navajo Ranch, Colorado.    It is  apropos because for 69 years I lived at sea level.  Now, I am living in a cozy cabin at 7000 feet above sea level. Though the air is thinner, out the window is a fourteener begging to be climbed.

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