Home again

Home again!

Home again!

by Christine Kling

We made it back to Majuro after very long layovers in San Francisco and Hawaii. We left Ontario, California at noon on Sunday and arrived here around noon on Tuesday.

Atoll

Not fair! We lost a day by crossing the International Dateline.

Then I remembered that for my deadline of April 15th, I get it back. I don’t have to deliver until the 16th.

I love flying in over the atoll. You can really see the way these islands are like a necklace of small islands atop a coral reef. The white waves are on the ocean side and few shallows are on the lagoon side. Most of the lagoon is over 100 feet deep. That’s why we are usually on a mooring here. Some of the gossip upon our return was of two different boats having moorings break. Scary stuff when you leave your boat unattended on a mooring. But all was well with LEARNATIVITY. Now Wayne is hard at work doing the dozens of little jobs that we must do to get the boat ready for a passage after over a year of sitting here in Majuro. If all goes according to plan, we hope to be en route to Fiji by May.

The deadline has me working like crazy — so much in fact that I was up at midnight last night, so I got to enjoy the full eclipse of the moon.

But also so much that this blog and next week’s will be super short. If only writing were as easy as typing. There’s still so much that I’ve yet to figure out about this story. But I am jamming.

Wish me luck!

Fair winds!

Christine

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About Christine Kling

I have spent more than thirty years living on and around boats and cruising the waters of the North and South Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. I’ve written articles and stories for many boating publications including Sailing, Cruising World, Motor Boating & Sailing, and The Tiller and the Pen. When I was married, I helped my husband build a 55-foot custom sailing yacht. After launching her, we sailed through the Panama Canal to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands where we chartered for over two years. While in the islands, I received my 100-ton Auxiliary Sail Captains license. It was that sailing experience that led me to set my first nautical suspense novel, SURFACE TENSION (2002), on the waterfront in Fort Lauderdale. Featuring Florida female tug and salvage captain, Seychelle Sullivan, the first book was followed by CROSS CURRENT (2004) and BITTER END (2005). The fourth book in the series, WRECKERS’ KEY was released in February 2007. At the end of the 2010-11 academic year, I took the motto of this blog to heart. I quit my day job as an English professor at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale (just when they offered me tenure, I said no thanks and took early retirement). I was living the dream of full-time cruising on board my 33-foot Caliber Talespinner on my very tiny pension and whatever I made from my books having parted ways with the big publishing establishment. I self-published two books on my own: a small collection of four short stories entitled SEA BITCH: Four Tales of Nautical Noir and my first stand-alone sailing thriller set in the Caribbean, CIRCLE OF BONES. In 2012 I was offered a publishing deal with Amazon's mystery/thriller imprint Thomas&Mercer and they reissued CIRCLE OF BONES. The sequel to that book, DRAGON'S TRIANGLE came out in June 2014. And as for me, I'm no longer a singlehander on my little boat. I met Wayne Hodgins in 2013 and after a whirlwind Skype courtship, I flew to meet him in Fiji and we sailed a nearly 2000 mile passage to the Marshall Islands for our "first date." We now sail together aboard LEARNATIVITY, a 52-foot motor sailor with our family including Barney, the Yorkshire Terror and Ruby, the Wonder Dog.
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One Response to Home again

  1. Christine, I know you’re insanely busy at this point, so cheers to being back home again, and here’s wishing you all the writing mojo you could want to meet your deadline.

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