I am a writer living on the central coast of California. After spending many years living on a small boat and sailing around the world, I came to appreciate how tiny and insignificant we humans appear in the natural world that surrounds and supports us. We appear to be living on the edge of the wild, the largely untamed and unknown world into which we are embedded, exploring the borderlands that lay between the human and the more-than-human worlds, and the ways they overlap and mirror each other.
Now that I am again living on the edge of the wild in a home bordering a nature preserve, I find myself re-exploring those borderlands, not only through my encounters with the wildlife and natural habitat that now surrounds me, but also through reflecting on those years living on the sea, and through my writing and the books I’m reading.
This blog was created to explore these topics with others.
In what ways do you live on the edge of the wild? What borderlands are you exploring?
Liebster Blog Award Answers & Questions
Recently I was honored to be nominated the Liebster Blog Award, which requires that I answer a number of questions as well as pose questions to my nominees. More about this, as well as a list of my nominees, can be found HERE. Below are the required answers and questions.
Here are my answers
1. What is the most difficult piece of writing you’ve ever written? Please link to it.
All writing is difficult for me, but most recently, the blog post The Deer’s Scream, My Mother’s Eyes, and the Ripe Strawberry was especially difficult.
2. Do you do your best writing in the morning or at night? Morning
3. What is your favorite quote?
I have so many, it’s hard to choose. Here’s is something from the German poet Novalis that I recently came across and love: “The seat of the soul is where the inner world and outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap.”
4. Where do you write and with what medium?
I write by pen in a spiral notebook when writing in bed in the morning. But I also compose on the computer later in the day.
5. Where is the most interesting place you have ever lived?
Ahh, so many places to choose from our travels. It may be safest to say living on our sailboat La Gitana was by far the most interesting place I’ve lived.
6. What is your favorite month and why?
I’m not sure I have a favorite. Maybe July–deep summer, long hot days, balmy nights, everything blooming and bright.
7. Are you superstitious about anything? If so, please share.
I’m not superstitious, really, although I’ve lived in haunted houses.
Here are the questions for my nominees to answer
1. Why do you blog?
2. What inspires you most in your work (your writing or art work)?
3. How would you change the world if you had the ability to do so?
4. Who is your favorite writer?
5. Who is your favorite artist?
6. What one food or beverage could you not live without?
7. If you have or could have an animal totem, what is it or would it be, and why?