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Hats Off to Vlogers

Vlogging is HARD!

After trying my hand at video blogging, I really admire the video bloggers I know. THE GEOCACHING VLOGGER, and THE GEOCACHING DOC in particular.

I recently tried putting up a weekly vlog and failed miserably! The time and dedication it takes is quite substantial. Planning your topic and content, choosing your site/setting, actual shooting of the video, EDITING (omg the editing…), posting, tagging, announcing, social media-ING… Wheew!

It’s pretty amazing what these guys put out.

By the time I got to the editing (EDITING) section a few days have already passed from the time I shot the video. I *really* wanted to do this cool idea where my kids and I would build a fairy house(s) and people could go find it and build on at the end of each episode, but if it takes me 3-5 days to get it live that is not going to work out!!! :-)

AND then by the time it is all EDITED and ready to go I am so burned out that I think the video stinks, and am too tired to post post post to social media. So, you’re seeing a video that was shot about 1-2 weeks before!

That’s my vlogging rant. I hope to someday have enough time and experience EDITING to be able to put out more videos, but right now I just better get my head down and keep writing!

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 =” 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!

31 in 31 Geocaching Contest Day 2

Went to another part of Alimagnet Park today to make my day 2 find.

I played my first full round of disk golf, and found the geocache hidden near the tee box of hole (pin?) #9.

It was an easy find, and I didn’t do too bad at the disk golf either! I made par a handful of times and almost had a birdie – I botched the putt and I was standing 3 feet from it! I learned to always take that putt seriously even if it seems like a gimme!

This contest is very valuable to the geocaching community! It has made me look up more caches, and find ones with more active logs as well. You have to do your research if you are determined to make a find every single day. I have even set aside one that I know is super easy based on the logs so that if I miss a day or can’t make a find at least I have that one to fall back on!

If you are making finds for the 31 in 31 contest please let me know in the comments below!

31 in 31 August Geocaching Contest

I took my son and daughter out to Alimagnet park yesterday and we made our find for August 1st.

We found JJ’s Action Figures Strike Back!,

It’s a great cache, off the beaten path but not insane. Took a good 30 minutes to find. The purpose of this geocache is to exchange action figures. There were tons of little toys and figures in the geocache, but no heros. My son wants to go back really bad because he wasn’t happy with his selection once we left. (He’s 5, go figure!) So we might grab some small comic book heros to add to the stash there. I think we have a few dozen mini Thor’s and mini Ironman’s around the house. :)

I checked this morning and I have my day 1, 31 in 31 souvenir. :)

This is such a great idea. Here’s GCDoc’s video to explain the contest to you:

Now to decide where to grab one today for day two. I have recently gotten involved learning Disk Golf. There is a course close by that I want to try, and I am going to see if there are some geocaches nearby that I could grab while on the course. These two sports go very well together, and both facilitate finding new and cool places to hike and get into the woods.

If you made a find yesterday please leave a comment below! Let’s see who makes it all the way to day 31! If I do at least 3 of mine will be in Seattle!

Remember there are free short geocaching stories that you can experience but only if you sign up on the home page. HERE

National Geocaching Day is Coming!

National Geocaching Day is August 17th at Groundspeak Headquarters in Seattle WA.

Are you planning on being there? If so leave a comment below and be sure to stop by our tent among the vendors.

We have cool postcards, key chain flashlights, and you can enter to win a signed copy of the first book!

My daughter and my mom will be with me helping to run the booth. We are very excited!! I also can’t wait to see the winning entries for the Geocaching International Film Festival. We will have our own entry up and running on my computer in the booth. Come on by and take a look!

We are getting in early on Friday, and staying until Sunday afternoon so there will be plenty of extra time to visit parks in the area.

I am working on another free short story, Dream 3 – The Conclusion, which will happen in Seattle. I am writing the story right now and I will set coordinates the day we fly in. I hope they have a lot of paper in the business office at the hotel because I want to make these stories available to those who stop by the booth that day!

Remember there is already one short story available for you to read and see what this new genre is all about. Simply sign up on the homepage HERE - there will be several short stories over time. We are working on another one in Minnesota, and then I want to get started on one for Los Angeles right away! Signing up on the home page ensures that you will get the download links as they come out and stay up to date on everything we’re working on over here!

National Geocaching Day, Seattle WA!

National Geocaching Day is August 17th!

Groundspeak, the company behind hosts a block party each year and we are going!!!

I just sent in my vendor request and will have a table for the party. I also ordered a large banner, postcards, t-shirts, and flashlight keychains for marketing during the event.

Next up: booking our airline tickets, reserving a hotel room and a rental car.

After that!: Contacting a rental company for a tent and vendor booth tables and lighting.

This is so exciting!

Did you know it’s extremely expensive to fly to Seattle!? I had no idea. I thought it was bad to fly to L.A.! Airfare for my daughter and I fly to Seattle from Minneapolis, in August!, will be around $1000! WOW! I had no clue.

So this is our “family” vacation this year. We normally do a big vacation to Disney or some other coastal location and spend a bunch of cash for it. This year, we do National Geocaching Day!

I am saying a little prayer that it’s worth it. Need to get that buzz going somehow!

Spotted at a Park!

Was spotted by DrJBroke (geocaching handle) this morning at my son, Tristan’s, soccer practice!

I think he must have seen me get out of my car which is decked out in marketing stuff, as well as a travel bug.

His wife approached me and asked when the book was coming out! I was shocked and a little tongue tied. :) It was very fun to talk with some avid geocachers!

Here is his facebook page if you’d like to “like” it I am sure he would be appreciative!