Thursday, January 31, 2013

Huzzahs, My Dears, Launch Time!

Announcing a readers' banquet: Trumpets, please, and bells. This has been such a hoot of a co-creative adventure. Thanks to all who've helped and wished this adventure well.

Hope you enjoy the graphics and a bit more about this and that. The comments section is not functioning as yet; will have to do a geek consult. I'll keep the blogspot up; you're welcome to check in there. New stories will happen at the new site.

It's Imbolc today, a friend informs me, a Celtic world seasonal marker between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Here we all are in the arc of seasons in a new year.

(Yesterday: By this weekend, a new web presence will be up and running, with gorgeous graphics and a new wayfaring story written today. My book consultant, bless her, is dealing with a techno-glitch.)

Meanwhile, the book manuscript will be winging its way to the format-wizardess. It's she who sets up e-book and print-on-demand. Much of the expertise and derring-do of these Two Graces strikes me as magic.

The subtitle solution woke with me in the morning. It doesn't say: poor dear, she was homeless. Or: pretty long trip from Maine to the mountains.

The subtitle evokes many things:

I swam before I could walk, in tropical dolphin waters, dearest of kin.

Most of my life I've lived by the sea, growing up in a nautical family, and also as an adult because I love mountains at the ocean's edge, be it Maine or New Zealand.

I've stood on the cliffs at Pt. Reyes, boated to breeding grounds in the Gulf of Maine, and swum in waters near cetaceans whenever I could.

As to tides and imperatives to move on, a passage from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is somewhat haunting: "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries..."

See you this weekend. The book title:

Wayfaring Traveler
Whale Rider of the Tide


At February 1, 2013 at 3:05 AM , Blogger neil said...

Good luck wayfarer,,,

At February 1, 2013 at 6:57 AM , Blogger Wayfarer said...

Thanks, neil. Hope you're snug & warm in this harsh winter. I wonder about the micro-climate UK coastal gardens, which had been moderated by the Gulf Stream.

At February 1, 2013 at 12:24 PM , Anonymous Crowfeather said...

Oh Wayfarer, I'm so happy for you! Perfect title and everything. Congratulations!!!

At February 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM , Blogger neil said...

It's the wet more than anything round here wayfarer,where i live the people have been seeing some different migrating birds and stuff,,,as we get lots of them on the scrublands around the coast,,,,don't know how it is over on the western side of England,Cornwall and stuff,,as there climate is directly effected by the Gulf Stream even more so than us,,,
They are able or were able to grow tropical plants at one point,,I expect with lots and lots of care,,but I bet that's becoming more difficult,,,
The native plants from over here are pretty hardy,and can pretty much handle most of the weathers that we get,,,,
Lots of the crops we grow aren't very hardy as I think a lot of them aren't local to us,,,,
It's definitely got colder and wetter much more noticebly over the past couple of years though,,,,,

If the Gulf Stream is messed up,, I'm blaming bp,,,,

At February 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM , Blogger Wayfarer said...

neil, agreed re BP. When that whole toxic mess blew, seemed they would manage to get off scot-free for destroying the gulf fisheries and livelihoods and health of coastal peoples, and might even alter the current of warmth rising toward Cornwall.

At February 1, 2013 at 3:53 PM , Blogger Wayfarer said...

crowfeather, do you realize? It's you imagining holding a real wayfaring book in your hands, a cuppa to the side, that made me understand the stories could become a book. What an adventure, thank you.

At February 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not spam here - So happy for you Wayfarer! Zzzz 'bout time. Visited your new site and smiled broadly to my ol' self here when I saw one of God's rainbows in amongst your photos. Keep up the good work; many of us anxiously awaiting publication of your book.

At February 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Wayfarer said...

Anon, me dear, thank you! Wave crest is roaring right along, thanks to a dream team of helpers. The format-goddess will be working intensively in the next few days. Am slightly breathless!! Thank you for encouragement all along the way.


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