We are the World 

OMG. First, I hope you're hangin' in, effected as little as possible by you-know-what. Though we're all effected, we're also in it together. Weirdest thing EVER. But if you're not grappling with the bigger difficulties of the pandemic, I hope your head is screwed on tightly, you're not taking it too hard, you're striving for optimal health, and staying in the light. Regarding our communal future, the power of the mind and heart are phenomenal, and we all must spiritually direct humanity back on track. Or to an even better place than we were....

Next, big welcome to my new website! Lotta work, sheesh! And please bear with me as I try to continually improve it. The cool thing is that there's a store here, so you can buy books. Paperback for the moment; we'll see about ebooks later on. (Ebooks available everywhere else, of course.)

Oh God, SO much more to say and share, but I'll do it through an email to my list. For now, let me thank you for dropping in. Cruise around the site, feel free to comment on the CONTACT page. Or DEFINITELY sign up for my email list if you're not on it.  

Sending out love and light to the entire world, 

Wendy

IT'S 2020 !! 

Quick New Year's wish for comfort and joy to all! 

And an update:  Please watch for my TWO new books coming out this year. The first will be my POETRY collection, that I've been threatening to release for over two years now! I'm guessing it will be available by April 2020. 

Following that epic, I'll have my "Nicaragua Story" ready for public consumption.  

Both of these books excite me hugely, because they're one of a kind.   My story about Nicaragua ("Back Roads of the Contra War") is unlike anything you'll ever read. 

XXXX, Wendy 

travelin' fool 

    Howdy!

    September is for traveling. And I just took a road trip around Montana, Idaho, and East Washington. 

    Montana is big, friendly, polite, and way more together than reputed. So is Idaho. (Boy do we urbanites have attitude.) Historic Butte was intriguing; serious creative rumblings in the 'biggest old town in the US.' Gorgeous brick buildings to restore, from the early 1920's. Helena, the capitol, has beautiful homes, with deer roaming through. Missoula's an energetic college town. And Bozeman—Boz-Angeles, as they call it—was disappointing, looks like one architect re-did the entire town. Livingston was my favorite, a nearly perfect small town. All you need is a little family to raise and you're good. But the population's only 7000, 10% of whom I met in two days. A bit intimate for a rowdy roadster, but fun fantasizing about my little shop, 'Your inner Buffalo.'

    Returning to Yellowstone was EPIC. 2-3 full days there is mandatory, it's so huge. You'll be charmed to know the bison are thriving. As are the moose, wolves, elk, deer, and bears—all of whom I saw in one day. (Did you know moose kill humans by stomping them to death? Those long legs are their defense, so don't go offering sips of your smoothie.)

    I then circled back to Northern Idaho and the town of Sandpoint, where my late sister spent a few years. That fantastic spot was a high point of the trip. Worth the long ride to the top of the panhandle.

    I also greatly appreciate Spokane, maybe the friendliest town I've ever visited. Something in the water there. It's like there's no such thing as stress. They'll hold open a Starbucks door for you while you're still walking across the parking lot. 

    Back on Kaua'i now...always good to come home...but what a great getaway, and I'm not done with the Northwest

Happy Indian Summer,

Wendy

HELLO ~ 

Quick hello from me and l'il White Boy, taking a quick break from his all-day nap. Like everyone in the State of Hawai'i, we're a bit sluggish in the face of this G-R-E-Y winter that just won't quit. I know, I know…but still.

Meanwhile, I'm prepping for the LA Times Festival of Books on April 21-22. In keeping with staying out of my comfort zone, like I have one, I've taken a booth at this biggest-of-all-book-fairs. 17,000 people attend.

I'll be busy in booth #25 with my 4 books. If you're in or near LA, stop by! This free event also has seminars and panel discussions regarding everything about books. You can learn a lot about every aspect of writing and publishing. Free seminars all day long.

 

W and WB

Crisp January 

January greetings from Venice, CA.

Taking a well-earned break from writing.

After chilly holidays with warm family on Long Island, I flew to N. Calif. and embarked on a 21-day road trip all over the state. Finally made it to Yosemite (only took a lifetime), then down to LA!

Lotta drivin', lotta mountains, a little snow, definitely cleared the mind. And I'm setting up a nice book tour in NoCal for later this year. 

Now loving SoCal for the food, friends, movies and good walks. And traveling is made better by having my new book to share. If you don't yet have a copy of "STARS IN OUR EYES," please grab one through the Amazon link ---->. You'll totally enjoy this book.

Much aloha ~

W xx

Fall is coming and so is my new book! 

A wave to my new readers. If you've found my books on the internet or in a bookstore, please hit the contact tab here and send me your email address to hear about my new books, including "STARS IN OUR EYES," my short story collection.

Everyone will enjoy this book. The stories cross over into different realms, different tones, different countries. All my books are available in paperback and ebook. 

The Stardust is Settling 

Born on the 3rd of July…this summer holiday is always a strong time for me. Downtime, loved ones connecting, looking at the year ahead…

And this year, it's a gathering of emotions, the ripple effects of my father's and sister's lives both suddenly ending. Two leaving at once was a complete blindside. You just want to say, "Really?" but there's far too much going on for that, with all family members as shocked and wobbly as you.(Neither Dad nor Leslie was sick.)

So you carve out sacred moments to separate the two precious lives, honoring each for the hugely different souls they were. As they, meanwhile, transition to spirit and seem in some ways more accessible than before. Not as far away, geographically at least.

Lots to be said about life and death. But mostly, we're here and life goes on. That, and attempting to live and love well. And not squander the breath we feel so entitled to.

So, friends, I'm still plugging away at 'Stars in Our Eyes,' my new book of short stories. In putting out a book, a writer's never really done—you can tweak it forever, and it only gets better; but the well runs deep, and there's ever something more bubbling up. Probably best to finish up and move on. 

I wish I was more buoyant right now. But deep down, I guess adjusting takes time. I hold the bigger picture most of the time, and overflow with gratitude about who my dad was to the world and to me. But I'll always be his little girl, looking up at the clouds.

I contemplate my sister's life, too, wondering about all kinds of things, and trying to understand her better. One would hope a writer could write about all this, but I don't know.

Sending summer winds your way. I hope you are taking care of yourself and each other. And I look forward to happy times ahead!

Many blessings,

Wendy 

SUMMER READING ON THE WAY ! 

Aloha Readers ~

I've been under a rock all winter, working on my new book. And the release date is still 2-3 months out. 

This book is a collection of about 20 true short stories that I know you'll really enjoy. I'm very excited, but there's more work still to do. I'll be posting more info soon, along with the title.

This book could actually be considered something of a companion book for "I Did Inhale" (though I like making each book different).

I'll send out an email soon! Look forward to getting back in touch. Have been working HARD.

White Boy sends aloha.

xx  WMR  xx

THANKS and GIVING 

        It seems the more we appreciate our blessings and all we have—invisible and visible—the more we want to appreciate everything. Until, ultimately, our gratitude itself seems regenerative. (And the word ‘generate’ has the same root as ‘generous.’ And throw in ‘energy,’ too.) Then, finally, the flow of ongoing gratitude seems simply an energy-saving, upgraded way to live. 

       That’s when seemingly bizarre events and bolts from the blue no longer need to be taken as injustices or roadblocks, but rather interesting gifts we didn’t realize we needed. Sort of like when our parents gave us new shoes or a bike that were just a little too big, saying, “You’ll grow into them.” They wanted us to get the most out of the gift. 

       When we’re dealt a blow by the cosmos that sends us recoiling in stress or despair, could it be that Mother Nature or Father Sky is giving us something a little too big for us, knowing we’ll “grow into” the situation?

       I’ve been thinking of this as 'preventative spirituality,' and the definition would be ‘a safeguarding of one’s wholeness and well-being by way of enhanced acceptance of all that is delivered.’ This complies with I Ching phrases like, “the superior man does not contend,” Buddhist teachings about upholding the middle ground and not being pulled to extremes, Bible parables like Jesus feeding the multitude from a spare amount of loaves and fishes, and the Taoist overview, “One who knows the Tao does not speak of the Tao.” (Oops, I just spoke of it.)

      Preventative spirituality multiplies appreciation beyond an utterance, an observation, or a prayer of thanks. It’s more a walk of thanks where with each step we prepare to accept and understand whatever is up the trail. It’s not anticipation or visualization of “great things in the future,” but a practice-able mindset and heartset of true believing that all of it is a gift. And we don’t have to siphon out the ‘best’ stuff to be thankful for… In the greater scheme, not only do we truly not know what’s ‘good’ and what isn’t, but we can’t possibly know in advance how our own choices, thoughts, and behavior will interact with, influence, and affect what we jokingly call ‘reality.’

       By acknowledging that gratitude encompasses energy, generosity, and regeneration, we step onto the dance floor of life.

 
          ~~  WISHING ALL A HAPPY THANKSGIVING  ~~ 

Born on the Third of July ~ 

Expedition Costa Rica was released last week in pre-order mode! Grab the $3 discount at Amazon before it disappears (not sure when). The hippie chick's escapades pale in comparison to this little stroll. And I know I should say more about the story to tempt readers, but I'd rather you venture into it blind as I did—you'll be more sympathetic. 

Again, as will probably always be the case with my books, I'm anxious to hear about your reading experience, so let me know how it goes once you start or finish this book.

Other news is a book-signing at the Boulder Barnes & Noble on September 10, another Author Talk at the East Hampton Library (Long Island)  September 24, an Author Evening and interview at the Bridgehampton Library (L.I.) Sept. 27, and hopefully a book-signing at Burton's Books in Greenport. I'll also be signing here in Kaua`i July 22 at Talk Story in Hanapepe, and probably again in August. So if you're in one of those places, mark your calendar!

June has been divine in Hawai`i, breezy and the right amount of rain. We're happy. And I know Mainlanders are too because summer has arrived. Here's wishing you all the spark of July Fourth, good earplugs, a quiet place for your pets, and plenty of fun travel. It's old home weekend for me, born on the third of July.

Enjoy your summer reading and relaxation!

 

Love and aloha,

Wendy

ENERGY 

Lotsa book stores, lotsa marijuana dispensaries, lotsa mountain air and mountains. Boulder/Denver was a dazzling change of scenery for a grass-skirted type like me. I could live there. I thought they'd swallow me and my books whole, but no. Turns out dispensaries are for buying drugs, not books. Okay then be like that.

I trucked around non-stop, covering a lot of ground and studying the scene—Boulder, Fort Collins, Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, and of course Denver. Went to tons of book stores and libraries. Got a book-signing at Barnes & Noble in the fall, made connections, sold books, and ski-ed the learning curve.

The place is fresh, folks are easy-going. That's their brand, that's Colorado. The mountains are enticing, with tons of wild animals right there…and you can see them when you drive around. Puts things in perspective when you can't leave food in your car at night because a bear might rip off your car door. (My lodging was in the mountains.) 

Now I'm in Venice for a month. Stand by for "Expedition Costa Rica" news— release date and pre-launch coming soon. 

Hope you, too, are energized and powering on with electricity this season. Here's to strength, stamina, and bright ideas!

Happy Spring ! 

Sending out springy energy from Long Island. This 3-week respite is the closest thing to a vacation I’ve had in years. Wintry beaches, full moon walks, quiet bedside chats every day with Dad, ferry boat rides over to his retirement community, hot chocolate, and happy hours with old friends and family. I’m a lucky so-and-so.

My Talk in East Hampton went nicely. I mean, there’s always stuff to learn about publicity, but we knew that… They've asked me back in September, and I'll also be doing a talk then at the Bridgehampton Library. (Please come!)

I want to gratefully acknowledge all my “I Did Inhale” readers who’ve submitted such awesome reviews on Amazon. I fully acknowledge the effort it takes to write something, then get it onto Amazon, so be assured that a review is the gift that keeps on giving, remains with the book indefinitely, and helps so much! 

“Expedition Costa Rica” is on hold right now as I gear up for a week in Boulder/Denver, where I’m hoping the potheads relate to my title in a big way. Then on to LA for April, and back to Kaua`i May 3.

So I hope you get some spring in your step at this spectacular time of year—probably more special to someone who lives in the tropics where things like seasons can go almost unnoticed.

If you’re not on my email list, sign up for alerts about the release of “Expedition Costa Rica” — soon!!

Many blessings and Happy Easter ~

Wendy

~ into the new year ~ 

Aloha ~

January is my favorite month. It's a time of gently regrouping, ignoring 'resolutions,' and getting back to basics. January seems like the one month of the whole year when the world isn't pulling at you. Of course I live on a tropical island…but I enjoy winter Januaries, too. It's a time to actually live the life you've arranged, rather than being thrust into the social whirl.

For the coming year, I wish everyone strength. And I wish us freedom from inner dialogue we're sick of. I wish everyone opportunities to carve out special moments or hours. And I wish us all permission to be calmer, more universal, less predictable, and more slap-happy, childish, and generous. I wish us more rest, more awareness of all we have, and more resistance to stress.

The Kaua`i chickens are stirred up, but otherwise a gorgeous morning unfolds here. I'm grateful for a good night's sleep, a good book-signing last night at the Hanapepe Art Night, a wintry trip to the Mainland coming up in March—maybe Denver, Boulder and Portland, as well as my usual stops, Long island and Venice, Ca.

"Expedition Costa Rica," my next book, is coming in the first half of 2016. Right now I'm still in the slipstream of "I Did Inhale," but I may order some advance copies of "Expedition Costa Rica" for my 'Author Talk' event in East Hampton Library (East Hampton, Long Island) March 12, and have signed and discounted copies there for those who attend.

Please save the date: March 12 (1:00 - 2:30 pm, Saturday), and come by!

Meanwhile, sincere thanks to all who've purchased, read, and gifted "I Did Inhale" over the holidays and since. Additional thanks to everyone who's emailed kind words to me, and those who've rendered reviews on Amazon and elsewhere. [Amazon's search engine only recognizes books with 100+ reviews, so each and every one matters!]

If you haven't yet ordered "I Did Inhale," click the Amazon link to the right and get your paperback or ebook copy right now!!

And feel free to share your thoughts and impressions about my books in the comment section right here.

Have a lovely January!

Wendy

Yippee ! 

Folks, "I Did Inhale" is up and running! Click on the Amazon link to the right to see where it has claimed its sacred spot. It's also out on Barnes and Noble and everywhere else.

The book is currently available in pre-order mode. Order it now for $17.99 rather than the full price of $19.99 (as of Nov. 20). Do this if possible because you'll get your book before anyone else, plus it elevates author ranking in the Amazon-sphere. All pre-order sales are tallied into the book's first week's earnings, and the sales bump gives the book more visibility in Amazon searches.

Soon the ebook will also be available in all e-reader formats.

I want to thank everyone who responded to my email announcement with such enthusiasm. Thank you, thank you for your kindness, sweetness, and support. I look eagerly forward to hearing your thoughts about the book.

It's been delightful connecting with old and new friends during this launch. Really heartwarming. I'm, of course, trepidatious about letting all of you behind the scenes of my naughty past. But remember, past history is no indication of future performance.

Meanwhile, don't hesitate to share-share-share, to write reviews (especially at the site where you buy the book, and at Goodreads and Oprah's Book Club), to let me know what you think, and to check out my other books. "Expedition Costa Rica" will be next, in early 2016 if I'm lucky.

As we roll into holiday season, I wish you all the best kind of joy, family love, warmth, and friendship. Sit by the fire, read "I Did Inhale," and try to think up a title for your own book of crazy antics.

With aloha,

Wendy

P.S. Amazon, my new best friend, has somehow collected both my published books plus some film productions I acted in, onto one page. Quite decent of them, couldn't have done it myself. (I don't get any money, though, if you buy the films.)

Aloha and thanks for being here 

"I Did Inhale" is in launch mode. Serious work getting a big book out, but we're in the home stretch. Click on the photo link for fun pix.

"Expedition Costa Rica" is ready, too, but "I Did Inhale" will be out first.  Then either poetry, short stories, or "Nicaragua Journal — Back Roads of the Contra War," written from Central America. Expect changes to this site as more books are released. Leave your email address on the contact page so I can let you know the dates.

Wendy

 

General info about my books ~ 

All my books will always be available in paperback and all ebook formats. You can find them at all on-line booksellers, order them through bookstores, or borrow ebooks through libraries. Audio versions will be available in the future. 

Much aloha,

Wendy

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