Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

Returned from Doubtful Sound boat trip, a stunning piece of Peace. Traveling the fiords, the vistas and sharp sheer rock faces a bed for moss, fern, and eventually self-sustaining tree flora, an island 1.6 meters high and barely 500 feet long (mixing my measurements!) containing 85% of NZ rainforest species. Wow.

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§544 · December 13, 2008 · Location-Location · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


Biting black flies, freezing weather… and amazing vista that stun with their beauty. That’s right — I’ve left the Cook Islands and back in New Zealand’s South Island (Arrowtown), a place to refresh the soul like cold water… which it is, cold. No more tropical weather and sparkling diving scapes, but I’m resigned to loving […]

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§543 · December 11, 2008 · Location-Location · 1 comment · Tags: , , ,


You might think Britney Spears on the iPod while crossing New Zealand’s majestic bays via ferry towards Waiheke Island some kind of sacrilege — but let me assure you, my friends, it is a beautiful (life affirming) combination, the sacred and the profane.

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The sun, ferns, salt and dark lager have bleached my brain. I am now sitting by myself at the (mahogany? kaori wood?) bar at a place called “Schnappa Rock” and enjoying a very tall pint while I write and look at the ocean:

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Tēnā koutou ! I’m in Aukland, New Zealand! But don’t have much time to write, because I am jetlagged and have to go… write. Behind quite a bit on my NaNoWriMo novel and have calculated that I need to hit about 4000 words/day to make it happen. (You thought I quit? Oh, come on- you […]

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§534 · November 25, 2008 · Location-Location, NaNoWriMo · (No comments) · Tags: , , ,