For those who came here for details on my day at the beach: It was fun. 🙂

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Honestly, I took pictures, but I took them with a special waterproof camera and you have to wait until they are developed to see them — and since I’ve not even taken them to be processed yet (we didn’t get home until midnight) — I have no idea how long we will ALL have to wait to see how they came out.

We also did some touristy things yesterday, including wandering into Waikiki to eat. That wasn’t my choice, it was my partners. I have “been there, done that” and have no wish to go back again. I have the feeling he feels the same now since the restaurant we ventured in there for is no longer in business. Sigh. They served the best salads in the world.

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photo credit: Charlene L. Amsden

To view the rest of the photos in this slideshow, click here: Passion Flower

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What is your passion? What is it that moves your soul? What sets your heart, mind, and imagination on fire? What is it you wish for? What goal has your dream self obtained that you have not yet achieved?

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately. While living one of the best years of my life I have just finished the worst year of my career. On top of that, someone challenged me to a meme that asked where I wanted to be in ten years. I considered it as a philosophical question, even though I answered it as a physical one. Ten years ago, after publishing a handful of short stories, one of which you can find here (Power Play), I set my goal to write a novel — and have done nothing to andvance that dream.

This summer I am dedicating 4 hours per day, 5 days per week, to writing — and I don’t mean blog posts. I am giving myself a part time job. Every so often someone might want to chime in and ask me for a word count. I am going to try to keep myself writing. No revising until I have finished the first draft. Usually I get bogged down in the minuet of choosing the exact right word to convey one fleeting scene, and lose sight of the bigger story. For once I will try writing with no revision until the story is out of my head and down on paper.

Wish me luck.