Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Love and Sailing


Your challenge for this month's group writing project is to write a story on the topic of Love and Sailing. The idea is to tell your readers something about how your love life and your sailing life interact. (You do have both a love life and a sailing life, I hope? If you don't, I guess you could always write a fictional story on this theme.) You don't have to have a blog of your own to enter. And there will be a prize for the best entry!

I was inspired to choose this subject after writing my review of Janna Cawrse Esarey's book the Motion of the Ocean in which Janna writes about how she and her new husband Graeme came to terms with each other's strengths and weaknesses and forged a strong marriage while sailing across the Pacific on their honeymoon. They drove each other crazy in many ways but love conquered all in the end.

I suspect all of us with a passion for sailing have tales to tell of how our sailing has impacted our relationship with our significant other, or vice versa. Perhaps, like Janna and Graeme, you worked out how to love, live and sail together on a long voyage with your loved one. Or maybe sailing introduced you to the love of your life. Or sadly tore you apart from them. Perhaps you and your beloved fight like cats and dogs every time you go sailing together. Or it could be that you fell for someone who hates sailing and have had to adapt your sailing lifestyle to cope with that. We all have different tales to tell. Write about wherever love and sailing come together (or don't) in your life.

Over on the west coast of our great nation there is a wizard who can read my mind. O Docker actually entered this competition two weeks before I announced it, with a story about how he learned to build his wife's confidence in his sailing skills: Who Do You Trust? an excellent example of the Love and Sailing genre.

So now it's your turn. Here
is how to participate...

1. Write a post on the theme Love and Sailing (or Love and Some Other Kind of Boating if you prefer) on your blog. Please publish it before Tuesday December 1st.

2. Let me know about your post by sending an email to tillermeister@gmail.com including a link to your post. If you don't have a blog of your own just email me your article and I will post it here.

3. Oh, do me a favor... please choose some title other than Love and Sailing for your post; I don't want to have to link to 20+ stories all with the same title. (If you don't select a unique title, I reserve the right to choose a new title for your post and you may not like my choice!)

4. Please put a link to this post in yours.

5. I will post here two links to your post. Every day or so I will write a post listing any new entries in the project. Then at the end of the project I will publish the complete list of Love and Sailing stories.

6. I will then allow a period for all my readers to comment on the Love and Sailing stories, and at the end of that I will choose a winner who will receive... a copy of Janna's book on our theme:
the Motion of the Ocean, 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, and a Woman's Search for the Meaning of Wife.

Look forward to hearing from you...

9 comments:

Joe said...

Another assignment! When will these torturous exercises cease? How will I make my creative juices flow? I know, it's tequila time.

Zen said...

Does this mean the O-Dude does not have to enter??

My sail and "love" life has been greatly modified, since I became married. That will stay under ghosts of Christmas past...

So that leaves Christmas present, since I'm married...


well there is always a fantasy Christmas future...


(^_^)

Ok ok, the Verification master says that was in "diste"

So, sorry! argggg *%^^$$#@), no fun around here with big brother watching. grumble grumble

Carol Anne said...

Ooooh, that's a tough one. This is going to take some thought.

Zen said...

Yeah, Carol Anne, That's what I'm saying...

Tillerman said...

O Dude can enter again if he wants to. But I will count Who Do You Trust? as the first entry in the competition. Actually, as O Dude went to one of Janna's book readings he may already have a copy of the prize. I will have to think of something else to send him if he wins.

Hope it's not too tough. You don't have to reveal everything about your past and present love lives. Just enough to titillate us! And fantasies are allowed too!

Janna Cawrse Esarey said...

Rubbing hands together. Wicked grin. Eyebrows jumping up and down on forehead. This is going to be some good reading...

Carol Anne said...

Tillerman, when you say fantasies are allowed too, does that mean I could put up some fiction? There's some interesting stuff brewing in my NaNo novel, especially the part immediately following the excerpt that I currently have up on my blog, NaNo: halfway through.

No, don't count that as my entry in this project, but if fiction is acceptable, well, things are getting a bit triangular in Siete Mares.

Verification word: immers. When you don't have the courage to plunge ALL the way in.

Tillerman said...

Carol Anne, one of the reasons I was first attracted to your blog was that you were about the only person writing fiction on a sailing blog. So by all means give us a fictional Love and sailing story if you wish.

Carol Anne said...

Here's my entry:

A Spat.

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