Remember that post…way back last winter, when I proclaimed “This is where and how it would happen?” Ahhh. Such confidence. Such naïveté. Even at my age. I showed my little makeshift desk in the quiet corner of Casa Nueva, drenched in that first sweet honeyed-morning light, surrounded by the day’s early twitterings of birds and bugs. Things that the finca offers up so beautifully, like the warmth itself.
I say now, sort of numbed by the news. Wrapped in a thick sweater, looking out on a chilly grey post Election Day… I am not at the finca, I’m at our little homestead on the Olympic Penninsula. A world, and now almost a lifetime away from Vieques la finca, and that post back in January. Of course the election has turned me upside down, inside out. Sending this out now seem sort of ridiculous. But…I’m determined to try and regain my footing, carry on and get to work. Writing does that for me. Connecting with our finca friends really helps. I want to get our Love Trumps Hate offer out to you. So, onward!
The good news is — it did get done. Not there, and not then, but I wrote the flippin’ book. My 250-page graphic memoir manuscript is sitting here next to me. After 5 years, that feels pretty darn amazing. I’m a starter, big picture gal, and a chronic team player. To finish a book, you have to keep going, relentlessly, go into the detailed weeds of odd, maybe neglected garden patches you had maybe hoped to be done with. And you are most completely, alone. None of these are very comfortable for me.
But if there’s one thing that is easy for me, it’s loving the finca and sharing her stories. The finca has always felt like a fourth child of mine. Like any proud mama, I can brag endlessly about our award winning, little Caribbean eco resort, and the number of stars she earned on Trip Advisor this week, or the blog she was mentioned in. How she’s so friendly, she’s eco-friendly, gay-friendly, family-friendly. Heck, our little la finca makes friends with everyone who comes to visit. Yep. Just get me started, and I’m hard to stop. So out the stories poured.
It didn’t happen last winter as I had pledged, though. Within weeks of that blog post Bill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. My silly book became the very last thing on my mind, and a morning routine to call my own, the last thing to happen. But over the past 10 months as he has fought both the tumor and the chemo, life has settled down for us. Now we can breathe, laugh, even sail, relax, work, garden and hike, again. Bill is doing great. We continue to learn a lot, and life is good despite our sharing it with cancer. I have managed to carve out time for myself again. In fact, the writing has been my salvation; focus, escape, and reward. So what do I do now? Now that he’s feeling better and the writing part is done? Guess I like to complicate things. It’s going to be a graphic memoir, annotated, almost finca scrapbook… So now I dive into all the visuals. It’s my hope that when it’s done, done, you dear reader, one could pick up the book and escape into the finca just reading it, like I have, writing it. Give me a few months, and maybe you’ll be able to do just that. If not…there’s the sure fire escape route. Come on down! We will be there late November, and as always, we’d love to see you!
(( My Tropical Journal is my not-so-regular blog — on lafinca.com. la finca vieques, the oldest, maybe only, dedicated eco-resort on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. We’re a cluster of five handmade houses and a sweeping rustic villa for groups, families friends, romantic getaway offering a more community alternative to mainstream inns or the separateness of airbnb online rentals. No-chemical pool, three acres of natural landscaping & fruit trees (we love to share!) and a score of hammocks…and you have the coolest place on the coolest island. #caribbean eco resort, #back packer hotel, #eco travel, and #off the beaten path to boot! Learn how to escape. The magic of la finca vieques eco resort.#green travel, #group travel #gay friendly, #family friendly #slow travel… giving all inclusive a whole new meaning! ))