One of the most fun days I spent this past year was on the sea. That’s a surprise because my stomach rolls with the boat from the minute it pushes away from the pier. On this fine day on the Aegean Sea, however, I skipped the seasickness for whatever (happy) reason. We sailed from the new harbor at Fira out into the center of the Santorini caldera on a teak wood sailing ship.
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Since my Thirty New Things year runs from May 1 to April 30, I can count this event that happened in September of 2019 as current. My sister invited me to attend the premiere of a film made in Montana by an Australian director about a Scottish hero. The movie was the perfect choice for concluding the 2019 edition of the Montana International Film Festival.
From my reading, I knew to expect a flat feeling when I released years of work out into the world, but I didn’t truly expect to experience that feeling. Once I got over squeeing at the idea of launching a book, I went ahead and felt exactly what the experts predicted—not much of anything at all. After I gave it some thought, I discovered what I needed in order for the book to become real to me was feedback from readers.
An author’s very first book signing is a thrilling, humbling, gratifying experience. At least mine was after too many false starts.
It seems everyone has their own way of making traditional dishes, so you never eat the exact same thing unless you return to the restaurant or winery or private home where you were served that meal.