Reading Before E-Books

Life before E-books? Try sailing before E-books.

On our Niagara 42, Allura, we sailed from Toronto to Aruba and back. Every summer I would scour the second-hand books stores looking for a year’s worth of reading material. Trying to figure out in August what I’ll want to read in January is difficult. So many things influence what I feel like reading.

You can imagine the storage space all the books took up, not to mention the weight. Throughout our first sailing adventure, I searched for book trades if I needed to add to my library. I left books in many marinas and libraries along the way.

Enter E-books. I bought my first Kindle after one year on Mattina. Imagine the happiness my husband felt when I cleared out the cabinets and storage spaces under the bed. He thought he could have the space for storing important things like tools and spare parts. So the negotiations began, and we shared the space. I used to stuff the built-in bookshelf on my side of the bed with books, now I don’t know what to put there. My Kindle only takes up a tiny space.

With the Kindle, I have an endless supply of books at my fingertips. I thought of this today because I’m reading all of the books nominated for the Arthur Ellis writing awards for excellence in crime writing. Before an E-book, I never would have had access to these books while I was sailing. Isn’t it nice how technology makes our lives more fun.

Thanks for reading . . .

Farley’s Friday: A Wheaten With Patience

Farley here,

Sometimes my life is all about waiting.

it’s early, I know, and Kristina hasn’t finished her coffee yet, but I’m ready to go.

She’s in her running gear. I put my head on her lap to give her a big hint.

Farley waits for CoffeeSo what’s the deal?

I think it’s our human friend Sue. They haven’t seen each other in a while and need to “catch up”, whatever that means.

Someone please tell me how to get Kristina to run on my schedule.

Woof Woof.

Farley’s Friday: A Wheaten Terrier Wants to Go Kiting

Farley Here,

I’m a dog who knows how to get what I want, and what I want today is to go to he beach and watch my human friends kite.

As you know, I don’t use words, but I can use body language to get what I want.

Farley want to go kiting

I jump off Mattina and onto the kite gear. My thought, they can’t kite it I’m sitting on the gear, so they have to take me with them.

Don’t I look evil? There is no way they can refuse. And they don’t.

Off to the beach I go. I love humans.

Woof Woof.


Farley’s Friday: Heat Makes A Wheaten Tired

Farley Here,

I think summer is coming to the Bahamas and the heat is exhausting. Kristina makes me get up early to go for a run. She says this is for me – ha ha – so that I don’t overheat. I know who it’s really for, and I don’t like to get up early.

A Farley Sleeping

As you can see, the rest of the day is spent napping 🙂


Woof Woof


ps. I know it’s Saturday but Kristina said the we had not internet access yesterday, so Farley’s Friday is one day late…

Character Development

I’m excited to say I’ve added a new spreadsheet to my box of writing tools.

Getting to know new characters, or even existing characters, is exciting.

For each scene, I ask the POV character the following questions and then answer in their first person voice:

  • How did you get into the predicament you’re in?
  • What do you want?
  • Why do you want it?
  • How did you feel when (insert disaster or setback here) happened?
  • What are you going to do next?

The questions open my mind to new ideas and remind me to keep character personalities consistent.

Do you ask your characters questions to get to know them?

Thanks for reading . . .


FOR SALE: 2007 Lagoon 380 S2 Owner’s Version

2014 has arrived and it’s time for Matt and I to make some changes and move on to new adventures.

MATTINA has been sold to happy new owners.

Mattina Sailing

Mattina is fully equipped for extended live-aboard cruising. She is a fantastic owner’s version example of the Lagoon 380 S2, one of the most successful catamarans ever built. She’s fun, fast and comfortable to sail thanks to her easily managed sail plan.

Key equipment includes a 5.5kw genset, 15 gph water maker, SSB, radar, solar panels, 2kw inverter, liferaft, spinnaker, air conditioning, full cockpit enclosure, and a 10.5 ft AB dinghy with a 15hp Yamaha outboard.

Mattina has cruised the Bahamas the last 4 winters and has been laid up on the hard in Florida in the summers. All systems have been fully tested and maintained by experienced owners. Mattina is ready now for more adventures. She’s never been chartered, is Canadian registered and is currently in the Bahamas.

To find out about Mattina click on:

If you still want more . . . you can also search the blog for Lagoon 380 and you will find everything I’ve written about her.

Please send us an email if you would like to inquire further about Mattina.

I don’t usually asks this of my readers, but if would be great if you could help spread the word and share this blog for me.

Thanks for reading . . .