Friday, April 17, 2015

There's No Place Like....


Yeah, I'm back. I'm not sure if this'll be an actual blog post, or just an excuse to show off more of the photos I took in Hawaii last weekend. Like this one...

Waimea Bay from the Puu O Mahuka Heiau
I ate and drank and reconnected with old friends. I climbed Diamond Head and took my first-ever hot yoga class. Even more exciting, I actually relaxed enough to step away from my iPhone for at least a couple brief periods of time.

Sweaty selfie with Bex from the top of Diamond Head

There was some writing involved - there's always writing involved - and two days in, I finished the first draft of my current project. I also got feedback on the first seventy pages of that project from my girls Amanda and Rhay. I've decided to upgrade them from beta readers to alpha readers, because, first draft. Hello! They had some pretty rough going, but they hung in there.

(HERE'S a link to a Janice Hardy post on the alpha reader concept.)

Sunrise over Kailua
The other writerly thing I've been thinking about is what to do with Aloha, Baby, now that the whole thing is published on the blog. I'm debating whether to make it a free download on Smashwords, post it on Wattpad, or just make a page for it here on the blog. While I work out the details, you can always jump HERE for the first section of my sweet contemporary(ish) romance. It's split into eight sections, but they're all linked so you can keep reading. It's a free read, and free is good.

My feet in the sand on Makapu Beach. TMI?
And on that not-so-serious note, I'm going to wrap things up. Mahalo for your support of Aloha, Baby and for visiting my blog. Below is a 30-second video I took from the trail on Diamond Head. It's looking out toward Koko Head Crater, with Black Point and Kahala in the middle. I took a number of these short videos, mainly to share little bits of the island with my kids, and this one captures how windy it was up there, and the intensity of the colors. Enjoy!


  1. Sounds like you had a loverly time... Surprised you got any writing done in paradise, but good for you! I must go read Aloha, Baby now it's finished... :-D

    1. Thanks Ellen! Part of the fun of the vacation was having empty time to do whatever I wanted with. Just happened to want to write.

  2. Looks like a great trip :)

    I'd maybe lean towards making "Aloha, Baby" available somehow as a download to read on devices, since I think it's widely considered to be more comfortable when reading fiction? Maybe you could put it on Smashwords AND have it available as a page on your blog? Or maybe the page on your blog has the first part as a teaser, with links to get the full story?