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The Writing Continues

Hey everyone, I thought I would take a moment to update you on the progress of the book.

My real job has taken serious priority in the last two months, as well as Christmas and all that chaos and fun! :) Every time I email my illustrator to tell him, “Okay! Let’s make the push and finish this book! I’m going to have some free time and I am just about done,” a new project comes in from a client and I am swamped again!

Also – there’s nothing quite like going through the editing process and discovering that you seriously missed the point on the last chapter… or two… Slightly humbling to realize there is no good conclusion, no exciting cliff hanger, shallow character interaction and no colorful descriptions of anything at all!!!!!

I had to go hide for a while after realizing I would need to re-write all of that. The book was not finished at all.

I have everything fixed now, and I will be writing a completely new ending. I am very happy about where this experience took the book, it’s a drastic improvement.

So – about 1.5 chapters left to write and edit. Illustrations to finish up and cover art to complete. SO CLOSE, I can taste it!

Even though this first full-length book is not completed yet, there are free short stories available! Some of them have to do with the mythology of this current book/series, and there is a separate series about time-traveling tortoises! Sign up on the home page to get notifications about the books and free short stories.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Sara

Out of Hibernation!

Here in MN things are slowly thawing and coming back to life. The trees are forming buds and soon (hopefully) we’ll have even more signs of Spring.

I went out to the woods to make my first video blog last week when it was nice (50*F to be exact!) Everything went really well despite having to film it with my phone. Video editing on the other hand…

STINKS!

I tried using the software VideoPad on two different computers to no avail. It stops and stutters and hangs so much it freezes my whole computer. (Even on one that is new. Plenty of space and a duo core processor…)

I tried one other program before calling it a day. I downloaded another only to find out that it can only edit .avi files. I converted my video to .avi and went to bed. That was a week ago now!

If anyone out there can help me with this video thing I would be so appreciative. I am really looking forward to having videos on the blog so you guys can get to know me and my kiddos. I will (eventually) have informative vlogs, funny vlogs, actual geocaching vlogs as well as story time for the free short stories that are available here.

How much fun will that be!!?? Now just to get some video editing software to cooperate with this dream. Grr….!

First Geocaching Vlog!!

Hey hey! This video was actually created about 2 weeks ago now! It took me a long time to find a video editing software that would run smoothly on my computer. I finally just ended up uninstalling a ton of programs that I don’t use anymore, uninstalling and reinstalling Windows Movie Maker and it runs very smoothly now! So happy!

I was going to make a different video to put up once I figured this whole editing thing out, but I have a good review of the MosquitoNo products, it was a beautiful day (and it is super cold here now) so I am just posting this “old” video.

I will be putting up different videos each week. Story time for some geocaching books short stories, more fairy houses, camping/hiking gear reviews, children’s literature book reviews, upcoming events etc… Lots of fun stuff! I am really looking forward to becoming more of the geocaching community. :)

So… Here it is!

Adventures with Lem – Vol 1 “The Adventure Begins!”

Professor Benjamin R. Lewis, the Third took off his second shoe and dumped the contents into the little blue dish at airport security. Half a stick of gum, one small gold key, several tufts of cream colored cat hair, and a shoe lace emptied out as he shook it over the dish.

“Uncle Ben, the lace should go into the holes on your shoes, you know, to keep them on.” Thomas was worried that his uncle had really cracked this time.

“I am perfectly aware of how laces on shoes are supposed to work. I broke that lace last week. I bought the new lace, but haven’t had time to install it yet. I put it in the shoe for safe-keeping dear Thomas!” His uncle said with a wink and a messing of Thomas’ hair.

“Sir, is this your bag?” A security woman was walking their way with one of Benjamin’s bags.

“Yes, mam. That is indeed one of mine.” Benjamin replied.

“Are you aware that there are several small animal skeletons, three viles of what I can only assume is blood, and two of some yellow liquid?” She asked him in a serious tone.

“Yes, my specimens for my quantum lab in California. Those are the skeletons of possibly the only things that have ever traveled through a man-made wormhole. Of course, they didn’t survive, poor things, however we now have more questions than we did before – and that’s the name of the game!” He smiled at the security officer.

“I’m sorry sir, we’re going to have to confiscate the liquids at least. We can’t have unidentified viles of liquid like this on an airplane. I hope you understand.” She reached into the bag to get the viles.

“Actually, I have a certificate for those from my associate at N.A.S.A.” He reached into a pocket of the fishing vest he always wore. Coming up empty he tried another pocket. He smiled nervously at the officer and unzipped yet another pocket, and came up empty again.

Thomas stood quietly in his stocking feet with his white tray watching as his uncle reached inside the vest to another pocket, took everything out of that pocket and filled the little blue dish to over flowing. Random pills in baggies, a clothes pin, a half eaten granola bar and the stick of a long past eaten sucker.

The security officer sighed impatiently as he looked through more pockets and emptied more obscure items into the blue dish, which just fell off now because there was so much stuff piled into it.

“A HA! There we go!” He unfolded a crumpled sheet of paper, removed a cream colored fur ball and handed it to the woman.

Holding it by the very edge as if it were going to bite her, the officer looked it over. She got a sour look on her face. “Alright, thank you Professor Lewis. Have a safe trip.”

Thomas followed Benjamin as he walked through the security archway and the officer handed the bag to him.

“Many thanks mam. I understand the need for tight security measures what with the rat robot terrorists and the ESP machines people are carrying around with them these days.” Benjamin looked over his shoulder suspiciously and then smiled back at the woman as he and Thomas left the security screening area of the airport and made their way to the gate.

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“Where are we meeting Lem? Are there any other tortoises like Lem? Are all tortoises like Lem? How much has he told you about how it’s done?” Breathless and fully aboard the aircraft, Thomas finally stopped and stared at me expectantly for the answers to twenty full minutes of questions.

Adjusting my spectacles and straightening my vest I sat down in my seat next to him. I buckled my seat belt properly and placed the novel I intended to read on my lap. Feeling situated I turned to him and started to explain how I had come to know my dear friend, Lem.

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About a year ago, while traveling to do some research in Los Angeles, I was out for a walk and came across a small tortoise; although I didn’t really come across him. He appeared on the sidewalk a few yards in front of me as I was walking up Hyperion Avenue. ( 34N 6′ 6.1884″, 118W 16′ 23.7″ or Lat: 34.101719, Long: -118.273250) And by appeared I do mean, magically. He sort of faded in, and then looked over at me. He straightened his legs up and stuck out his neck; If a tortoise can express worry or shock he certainly did so upon realizing I saw him ‘appear,’ in my path. Upon seeing that I had indeed seen him he slowly shrunk back into his shell.

He waited there patiently for me to get to him, watching me the whole while. When I got to where he was, we were looking at each other intently and he said, “Fine, Hello. I’m sorry to have disturbed your walk, blah blah blah. I thought I was coming out a little to the left in those bushes there.” He looked a few feet off the sidewalk to a small cluster of bushes. Had he appeared in that cluster I would have never witnessed his materialization. I looked from the bushes, back at the tortoise in utter shock.

“You… YOU SPEAK?” I whispered as loudly as I dared down to the small reptile at my feet.

“Yes, I speak.” Can a tortoise look annoyed? “Most of us can. And most of us can Point Field Synchronize as well.” The tortoise sighed and looked up at me, expecting more questions I supposed.

The fact that he could speak and was fully capable of having an intelligent conversation sparked the most peculiar instinct in me and I crouched down and extended my hand to him, feeling awkward yet compelled to properly introduce myself.

“My name is Benjamin R. Lewis, the Third, how do you do?”

“My name is Lem. I do fine most days, thank you.” He just stood there, as I made the realization that he could not shake my hand and I felt quite foolish. Blushing I straightened up and smoothed my pants.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you. I don’t suppose you would explain to me how a tortoise can magically appear on a sidewalk in Los Angeles would you?” I adjusted my glasses. “I am a professor of physics at the University of Minnesota. I’m here in L.A. doing some research for my quantum lab. I would be highly interested in how it is you were able to do that.” I waited anxiously for his answer hoping he would let me in on the secret.

 

Curtis Lemansky Lem Lemonhead

What does Curtis Lemansky have to do with geocaching?? Not much, unless you’re a time-traveling tortoise!

In two weeks, October 13th or 14th 2013, I will be embarking on a road trip. But this is not just any road trip. On this road trip I will not be traveling by car, or train or airplane. I will be time-traveling with a friend’s tortoise, Lem.

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You also didn’t know that tortoise can time-travel? I didn’t either until I met Lem. (Too bad Curtis Lemansky can’t travel/escape this way!) Lem introduced me to meditative time travel. This is not astral projection, this is real time travel! Everyone knows that tortoise are amazing creatures capable of living as long as a human, and many much more than that! Among their long-kept secrets is their method of getting from one area of the globe to the other. Walking or crawling is just not enough most of the time. So, they time travel of course!

So what exactly is this Meditative Time travel Lem has introduced me to? It turns out that being slow might be the fastest thing of all! Slowing your physcial pace as well as your mind to that of the energy of the Earth itself – and then suddenly where becomes when and when becomes where – complete time/space continuity!

They call it Point Field Synchronicity, PFS for short.

Lem and I will be PFS-ing all over the mid and south west; taking all of you along with us for the ride and we are very excited!

Stay tuned for updates – coordinates TBD!! Post scheduled to start Oct 13th! :)

Have a great day!

Epic Roadtrip! + story simmering

I am in the process of planning a pretty awesome 10 day road trip mid-October.

I will be traveling the southwest and mid-west. Planned stops in Arizona, New Mexico, and possibly Colorado. And of course everything in between.

I will have an over abundance of opportunities to grab GPS points and create stories! So I am planning an overall short story to encompass the trip.

Tortoises.

Yes, I have decided on tortoises as the magical creature to take us on this epic adventure. They can time travel, after all. You didn’t know that? Well then I highly suggest you join me on this adventure and stay tuned for all the exciting things that await us!

Adult Fiction Geocache Book Requests

The number one request I got at the Block Party was for an adult fiction geocache book!

I had no idea that people would be this interested in a book for adult cachers. So I am putting some thought into what I could do with this. I love Sci-Fi/Fantasy, so I am thinking of including some night caches/locations. I would love to do something that is spread out across the U.S., and not just in one city or location.

One book that comes to mind that would be a template of sorts would be Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It’s a great story about a chase of sorts across continents! This novel also includes history and art related riddles and clues. I think it would be very fun to include these types of things in an adult geocache book so the reader also has to decrypt clues in order to find the caches, and maybe not just have the GPS coordinates right there on the page every time.

I will have to prioritize my to-do list to include some time for this soon. At the moment I am consumed with the editing of the first book, which I am tentatively calling Discovering Magic. Next on the list after that book is a different type of geocache book, as well as getting started on book #2 in what I hope to be a long series of children’s books.

Maybe some time in between all of that I will start to write a full length novel for adults.

I am very grateful for the suggestion, and I will do my best to get it out there for you!

International Geocaching Day Pictures!

Hello friends and subscribers!

I finally got my pictures loaded and up here for you all to see. Enjoy and leave me a comment!

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Day 3 in Seattle, WA Geocaching

Good morning!

It’s day three for us in Seattle, WA. We are having a great time. Day 1 we visited Madison Park, which is a really cute community garden, and Washington Park which is home to Japanese gardens and lots of tree-lined paths and cool things to see. (Pictures to come.)

I finished the second ultra short story of the Dream trilogy! She’s almost home! :) If you’d like to read her tale sign up on the home page with your name and email and I will send it straight to your inbox.

Day 2 was spent with over 3000 fellow geocachers enjoying everything geocaching and promoting our books/stories. I talked with so many interesting people. I met fellow authors, and several teachers who were very interested in these books and this concept. :) I learned that there is also a large population out there that would love to see a full length adult fiction book published. I’ll get right on cloning myself so I can get all these cool things created for you all!

So here we are on Day 3. Off to Woodland Park, suggested to me by Norman King, to get around 7-10 coordinate points for a full length book for Seattle. Maybe by this time next year I will be selling at this Groundspeak event instead of merely promoting!

Thanks to a very special and creative geocacher I also have a new concept for these books. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out what it is but it opens up a whole new world for this type of book getting into the hands of kids everywhere!

Sign up on the home page to get Dream 1, 2, and very soon to come the conclusion, Dream 3 – which ends in Los Angeles at one of my favorite sights.

Seattle Tomorrow!

I can’t believe that in a few short hours my mom, daughter, and I will be on a plane to Seattle, WA for the National Geocaching Day Block Party!

There are so many unknowns and so much out of my control that I am having a very hard time thinking realistically about this! I can’t picture it in my mind because I’ve never been there so it seems very surreal.

I have secured a booth spot in the vendor section. We will be booth number 8, and that is all I know about it. We are vendor booth #8. Amy Faulkner has been super helpful about getting us there, suggesting somewhere to rent a tent and also lodging. Thank you Amy!

We will “load in” Saturday morning. This means that I will roll my suitcase filled with branded key-chains, postcards, signage and other various booth things to booth #8, and hope and pray that our tent guy is there with some more guys to set our tent up for us. (I went with this company because they will set it up for us.) I have a receipt that says we paid for it, and I have spoken with “Jim” on the phone a few times. But that’s it. So! We hope for the best.

I have also written Dream 2, the second of three ultra short stories for this event. When we arrive tomorrow we will be heading straight for a park nearby (there are three in the area) to get GPS coordinates added to the story. I am actually just about to edit this story with my awesome editor, Matthew Karner, within minutes!

I hope the hotel we are at has printing or our next destination will be Kinkos to print off a bunch of these stories so people can go explore a park in Seattle and experience a geocache story while they are here this weekend.

If you’d like to download a copy of Dream and/or Dream 2 please sign up on the home page, or stop by our booth. I promise I will not share your information with anyone, and I won’t send you spam!

So! Come what may tomorrow we will be in Seattle getting GPS coordinates, printing stories and settling into our hotel. Saturday you can find us at vendor booth #8, or venturing around Groundspeak headquarters – look for the girls wearing “Fiction + Coordinates = GeocacheBooks.com” T-shirts!

I can’t wait to see the videos that fellow geocachers created for the first ever Geocaching International Film Festival!

And Sunday we sleep in! :)

Wish us luck! We are going on a great adventure. We hope to see you all there and please come talk to us – we’d love to meet you!