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12 December 2018

Wordless Wednesday | Exploring A Scrapyard






Wordless Wednesday is supposed to be about posting a photo(s) without any words. But, I'm a rule breaker, so here are a few words:

1 - Since the weather has cooled down a bit, we've been trying to go for walks in the morning. There's not a lot of places to walk to in Indiantown which is why we found ourselves walking up a dirt road to the local scrapyard.

2 - Humans throw away a lot of stuff in their lifetime.

3 - Did you notice the picture of the saddle in the dumpster?  

4 - What's the most interesting thing you've disposed of or recycled lately?


What words does this picture(s) bring to your mind when you look at it?

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05 December 2018

Writing Aboard A Sailboat | IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) is a place to share and encourage, where writers can express their doubts and concerns without appearing foolish or weak. It's a great place to mingle with like minded people each month during IWSG day.

Every month there's an optional question which may prompt folks to share advice, insights, a personal experience or story. Some folks answer the question in their IWSG blog post or let it inspire them if they're struggling with what to say.

This month's question is:

"What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?"

Check out how people have answered this month's question, as well as the other insecurities and writing topics they may have shared by visiting the IWSG sign-up list here. You can see how I answered the question below.


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Hmm...what can I say about my writing space? Right now it's very, very messy. We have so many projects going on at the moment, that our entire sailboat is in chaos. Floorboards are up in the main living area due to a crack in our hull. There's a big hole in the side of our boat where we took one of our windows to rebed it. Tools are scattered everywhere. Oh, and did I mention that we don't have a working toilet on board?

The only place that we can sit down (or rather lay down) these days is in our aft cabin where our bed is. And that's where I've been trying to write these days. Ordinarily, it's a comfy, little nest, but even this room has stuff piled everywhere.

As I sat in my bed writing this blog post with my computer propped up on my lap, I looked around to pick out five objects to share with you. I decided to omit the bag of dirty laundry from the list, although, that's the first thing you see when you walk in. So, here we go - stuff in my writing space:

1 - A container of oatmeal. We started to provision for cruising to the Bahamas and I still need to find places to store all of our food. In the meantime, the oatmeal container provides a convenient perch for a toy dinosaur.

2 - Baskets full of clothes and dishtowels. When you live on a sailboat, you have very limited space and need to get creative when it comes to storing things.

3 - Collapsible water containers. We're going to fill these with distilled water for our batteries. We use four golf cart batteries for our power when we're not at a marina. We charge the batteries with our solar panels and our engine's alternator.

4 - A ziploc bag of tissues. Cardboard is a no-no on boats as they can harbor bugs, not to mention get all mildewy. I take tissues out of the boxes they come in and put them in ziploc bags. I need to do the same thing with my containers of oatmeal.

5 - A stack of books, some of which are ones that I've written.

Curious what our aft cabin looks like? Here are some pictures from when things were less chaotic. You can see more photos here.



Some of you may be asking yourself, "Where's Simon?" Well, my imaginary cat got so fed up with the chaos on board that he traveled forward in time to when all of our boat projects are completed and the boat is neat and tidy. In the future, there's plenty of space for him to take naps and play with his catnip mice. In the present, not so much.

What are five objects we'd find in your writing or work space?


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03 December 2018

November In Numbers

Clockwise from upper left: (1) new batteries = more power; (2) new charge controller = more amps into batteries; (3) new-to-us windlass = no more pulling up anchor by hand; (4) waiting for rigging inspection results = three nervous guys; (5) canvas & mainsail up = Tickety Boo looking more like a sailboat; and (6) varnishing project = fun with arts & crafts.

November was busy, busy, busy! We worked on a lot of boat projects and I released the second book in my cozy sailing mystery series - Bodies in the Boatyard. Boat projects went really well during the month, so well that we started to wonder when the other shoe would drop. And drop it did - we discovered a crack in our hull a couple of days ago (more on that in a future post). So instead of getting ready to head off to the Bahamas in January, we've made arrangements to haul out our sailboat, Tickety Boo, and move her to the boatyard in mid-December so that we can see the extent of the damage and address it. We'll also tackle a zillion other boat projects while we're there.

The scary thing is that I think my books are coming to life. In Bodies in the Boatyard, Mollie and Scooter discover a leak on their boat and have to haul their sailboat out. Let's just hope that's where the similarities end and that we don't run across any dead bodies.

Now, on to a recap of last month in numbers:

  • 5 - Number of new batteries we bought for Tickety Boo. Four house batteries and one starter battery. The previous owner of our boat had removed the starter from the battery set-up. We've reinstated it. So reassuring to know that we have one battery dedicated to starting the engine, especially after that terrifying incident we had anchored off of Cat Island in the Bahamas.
  • 2 - Number of portlights (or, more accurately, deadlights as they don't open) we replaced. One left to go. No more leaky windows. Although there is that pesky leak coming through the hull to deal with. {Sigh}
  • $1,532 - How much we spent on boat-related things in November. I expect to have several more spendy months ahead of us.
  • 4 - How many days in a row we ate ham. The marina puts on a huge spread at Thanksgiving and there was so much food leftover. Usually people eat leftover turkey. Not us - we were all about the ham this year.
  • 732 - Approximately how many mini-chocolate chips I put in my morning oatmeal. Last month, I reported that I put in 16 in my bowl. Scott pointed out that I was greatly underestimating my morning chocolate consumption levels and that I was misleading all of you, so I decided I should come clean. Yes, basically I eat a bowl of chocolate for breakfast with a few oats thrown in to make me feel less guilty.
  • 1 - How many masts we have (Tickety Boo is sloop-rigged). This comes in handy when you're having your rigging inspected as you pay less than someone who has a cutter-rigged boat. I'm happy to report that Tickety Boo passed her inspection
  • $208 - How much we spent on eating out last month. There's been a lot of socializing going on at the marina lately. It's been a lot of fun to be reunited with our cruising friends - great times and lots of laughs.
  • 1 - Number of books I read last month. Anyone who knows me will know that's pretty shocking. Usually I read quite a bit, but life was busy crazy during November. But if you're only going to read one book in a month, it should be a good one, and it was - Music Boxes by Tonja Drecker.
  • 2,581 - How many words I wrote. I had high hopes of participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and knocking out the first draft of my next book, Poisoned by the Pier. I failed big time. I'll really need to get cracking on it this month.

In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite posts from last month from here and from my author blog:

Chloe the Coconut Husking Dog
Mrs. Moto's Murder Meows
Bodies in the Boatyard Now Available

How did last month go for you? What are you looking forward to next month?

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28 November 2018

Wordless Wednesday | Turkey Vultures




Wordless Wednesday is supposed to be about posting a photo(s) without any words. But, I'm a rule breaker, so here are a few words:

1 - We've been trying to go for a walk every morning. Along the way, we often run into the neighborhood turkey vultures.

2 - I always think of turkey vultures as the thugs of the avian world. Not the type of bird you'd want to run into in a dark alley.

3 - Here's a bit of strange trivia about turkey vultures that Google offered up: "Nestling Turkey Vultures projectile vomit to defend themselves." Gross, but I guess you got to do what you got to do to defend yourself.


What words does this picture(s) bring to your mind when you look at it?

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26 November 2018

Life Lately At Indiantown Marina


It's been ages since I've done a "Life Lately..." post. I'd say it's about time we had one, wouldn't you? so here's a few pictures and a few words about what's been happening lately at Indiantown Marina.

We had a fun Women Who Sail get-together on Halloween (the guys joined later). I was in awe of the culinary creativity of the ladies. Why yes, that pumpkin really is vomiting guacamole.


The bats on these deviled eggs are adorable. Just make sure you don't think they're edible. A couple of people made that mistake.


Our marine toilet is broken and we've been trying to decide whether to switch over to a composting one. Our friend Sandy on s/v Ragtime Gal built one and gave us a demonstration of their system. Yes, this is the kind of thing cruisers talk about. Just normal chit-chat about pee and poo.




Boat projects are in full swing. We've in the process of redoing our portlights (three down, one to go). Goodbye leaky boat.


This guy's name is Tick Tock. Alligators don't freak me out like they used to.


Before you know it, Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is on its way. Notice the use of the palm frond for the turkey's tail? That's how you do things in sunny Florida.

 
The marina throws a week-long Thanksgiving celebration with music, food, and drink. Seats are at a premium, but our friend, Michele, is the best when it comes to saving seats for everyone. You know what's better than Thanksgiving turkey? Thanksgiving ham! Who would have thunk it.


What's been going on in your life lately? What do you think about composting toilets?

The latest Mollie McGhie cozy sailing mystery is now available! Pick up a copy of >>Bodies in the Boatyard<< at:

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21 November 2018

Wordless Wednesday | Chloe The Coconut Husking Dog


Wordless Wednesday is supposed to be about posting a photo(s) without any words. But, I'm a rule breaker, so here are a few words:

1 - Say hi to Chloe, an adorable chocolate Labrador retriever who belongs to some friends of ours. Or should I say they belong to her? That's how it works with pets, isn't it? You belong to them?

2 - Chloe loves husking coconuts. I think she looks forward to coming down to Florida from Canada to get her paws on some coconuts.

3 - I'm not a big fan of coconut in cookies, cakes, and the like, but I do like it in curries.


What words does this picture(s) bring to your mind when you look at it?

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The latest Mollie McGhie cozy sailing mystery is now available! Pick up a copy of >>Bodies in the Boatyard<< at:

Amazon (US) | Amazon (CA) | Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU) | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Apple iBooks | Google Play

Paperback available at: Amazon

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19 November 2018

Bodies In The Boatyard Now Available!


Bodies in the Boatyard is now available! This is the second book in the humorous and light-hearted Mollie McGhie cozy sailing mystery series. (If you're new to the series, start with Murder at the Marina.)

Remember when Scooter thought it was a great idea to get Mollie a dilapidated sailboat as an anniversary present? Well, now he has a new hare-brained scheme--sell their adorable seaside cottage and move on board. Mollie and their cat, Mrs. Moto, are less than impressed. Then, when someone gets murdered in the boatyard, things get even worse.

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BLURB

Selling your house and moving onto a rundown sailboat—not a dream come true. Finding dead bodies in the boatyard—a total nightmare.

Mollie McGhie loves her beachfront cottage. When her husband announces that he wants to sell the house, downsize, and move onto their dilapidated sailboat, she’s not impressed.

When the boat starts leaking, she secretly hopes it will sink. Instead, they haul her out of the water and into the boatyard. Fixing the boat up is bad enough, but when Mollie finds someone has been killed nearby, things get even worse.

Mollie takes matters into her own hands and investigates the mysterious death in the boatyard, along with her adorable feline companion, Mrs. Moto. While she searches for clues, she meets more of the quirky characters who live in the small Floridian town of Coconut Cove, learns about sea turtles, overcomes her fear of public speaking, and, of course, eats way too many sugary treats.

Can Mollie catch the killer before someone else ends up dead?

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