Return to Real Life

After a nice long trip to visit with friends and family and celebrate our nephew’s wedding to a wonderful young woman, it is GREAT to be home. We are blessed to have such accommodating friends and family to stay with when we visit the mainland and we love them dearly, but living out of a suitcase for two weeks is taxing.

Since we’ve returned and readjusted to Kauai time and daily tasks, we have had a (somewhat expected) sadness. Our beloved cat, Hanaleila, passed away yesterday afternoon. She was 17-1/2 years old and she went fairly quickly. Thankfully, she waited until we got home to depart — we got to say good-bye. She will be sorely missed. I like to imagine her flying free and on to a new adventure.

With all this reality happening, my writing has been spotty at best. However, I think some of these experiences can be utilized, so I am writing them down to remember how they feel and what reactions I have had. Of course, I will always remember what it feels like to lose a loved one. There is no other feeling like it. The experiences of getting off the plane in California, driving to Monterey, watching the wedding, watching the people dancing, saying so long, getting off the plane back on Kauai, can be clouded over after time. It’s best to write them down while they are fresh.

I’ve read a lot about memoirs lately and, while I don’t think my life would ever be interesting enough to write a book about, I have learned that some of those moments bring on feelings and memories that can be used to move the characters along in their stories. So it makes sense to record those feelings for use later. After all, no matter where our characters roam, they are created by humans and likely to have human feelings. Now that I think about it, I suppose if I went through some of my earlier diaries, I could find plenty to fill up a character of almost any age.

So, while I am not working on my WIP at the moment, I am preparing for future character development by writing about experiences and how one can react to them. Life feeds art, this time.

-AH

Farewell, Andy…

Oh, I could not believe my ears this morning when I heard the news of Andy Irons’ untimely death. While I am not a surfer (I love boogie boarding, though), I have many surfing friends and I have enjoyed watching Andy surf in competitions worldwide. This loss will be felt far and wide. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Rest peacefully, Andy. You are loved and you have touched many lives. You will be greatly missed. Aloha.