• photography,  writing life

    The Aftermath

    Christmas is always a finishing point for me, each year. Its the date I mark on my calendar that I can stop going balls-out. This year especially. Starting in November I cranked out an entire novel, posted it to the web, converted it to an ebook and mini-marketed it. THEN, in my personal life I got to rock out for my birthday, shop for everyone on my list and party like it was 1999 with all my friends making Christmas arrive like skidding into home plate. Am I complaining? Not even in the least bit. For short periods I thrive in hyper activity, long periods of hyper activity? I kill…

  • food,  maui

    Ode to Portuguese Sausage

    image via There’s something magical about simmering slices of Portuguese sausage on the stove top. The smell of the pungent spiced pork meat takes me back to childhood, takes me to the living room in our Ha’iku home. The rare moments our family would be all together and happy were with that sausage. It was the sign that the day was gonna be great – awesome, even. It speaks of warm houses with cool tropical breezes ruffling the place mats. It conjures up memories of sitting on the floor at the low Asian style table watching football while piles of the savory sausage were plated out. The satisfying crisp of…

  • pregnancy,  writing life

    Keep On Truckin’

    Last month I did NaNoWriMo. This month? I’m finishing NaNoWriMo.I realized last month that there were no days off for a 50K word contest. I had blissfully forgotten that my first book was written in just a mere three weeks. I worked morning, noon and night on it around my full time job. It was a frenzied piece of shit when I was done, but hey! I finished it! This time I plotted and planned the story thinking that it would take me less time, I’d just hammer out the scenes and whallah! it would be done. But no, and that’s OK. I was uninspired going into the story, and…