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Saving a Turtle

Another big thank you to Hills of Africa Travel – for being simply the best! Today, they’ve featured the second part of their interview about my novel (chick-lit/romance) on their blog: Out of Air: A Story of Sheer Inspiration – Part II.

In case you’re wondering about the book’s title, a fellow writer and student on my first novel-writing course, Leilani Basson, suggested it during a brainstorming session. This followed a discussion about the inspiration, which includes scuba diving. Dave is a long-time instructor, and introduced me to it almost twenty years ago.

We shared an amazing experience once, when he saved a giant leatherback turtle from running out of air. It was held fast to the sea bed by three fishing lines, attached to triple-hooks in its mouth. Wedging his diving knife handle into the huge beak, Dave gradually worked the hooks out, freeing the turtle to come up for air. Through it all (15 – 20 minutes), it seemed to relax into a kind of trance, as if realizing he was there to help.

This is one of my most special underwater memories, contributing to certain key scenes in Out of Air, as well as the title. Metaphorically, it relates to Gina’s breathless state of being as she strives to navigate the storms of her search for true love.

I don’t have a photo of the leatherback, but here’s a loggerhead sea turtle instead:


EYE TO EYE WITH A TURTLE – Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Mozambique


LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE WITH SCUBA DIVERS – Mozambique

My sincere thanks to Leilani, and especially Dave. Without him, Out of Air would not exist – for countless reasons.

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Gift of Love

Just a quick note to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, everyone!

Here’s a pic of Dave’s gift. I Hope you’re being treated too 😀


VALENTINE GIFT – OV&P Studio (www.ovpstudio.com)

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A Novel Valentine

Sincere thanks to the stunning team at Hills of Africa Travel in the USA, for requesting an interview about my novel for their blog. This has been the catalyst for creating the website www.outofair.com – artwork by my gifted stepson:


OUT OF AIR website – Home page screen shot

The article will take the form of a two-post series, the first on Monday 14 February, which is Valentine’s Day. That also happens to be the day the story begins. If you’re not familiar with it, take a look at Chapter 1 to discover Gina’s Valentine surprise – not what she had in mind for her romantic dinner à deux!

Hills of Africa Travel are also the reason behind the penguin pictures on the website, because it was while documenting their magic Soul Safari 2009 that we visited Boulders Beach in Cape Town. Here’s a snippet of video we created from the encounter. If you watch closely, you will spot the camera in Dave’s hands 🙂
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“Writers Write”

Sincere thanks to Amanda Patterson of The Write Co., since I completed her Writers Write 2 novel-writing course today. This is the follow-on to the first course, Writers Write, which helped immensely with my first novel, OUT OF AIR. It’s … Continue reading

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Breathe!

One of the most precious gifts of yoga is the mindfulness of breath, and its deep flow into and out of the body. This is not only incredibly relaxing, but cleansing and energizing as well. Above all, it helps to bring your awareness into the present moment. The crazy thing is that I’ve been isolating the experience to the actual classes, without practising it in the rest of my life. When in fact, each and every moment we are free to breathe however we choose!

Apparently us women especially have a tendency to breathe shallowly, something I certainly do, as I’ve discovered while scuba diving. So much so that I often unconsciously skip-breathe underwater. While this can increase dive-time considerably, it leads to a splitting headache on surfacing, which is attributable to raised carbon-dioxide levels. This brings my novel, OUT OF AIR, to mind. As the title suggests, it explores the topic, in a literal and metaphorical way (see My Books page). Of course, we all know that oxygen is important for optimal brain function – all the more reason to breathe better, in order to write better 🙂

Here’s a photo that Dave took of me at Ponta Do Ouro, to help illustrate the scene:

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Wonderful Western Cape

Since my last post which mentioned our trip to the Western Cape, we’ve struggled with a week of frustrating computer problems. It’s fabulous to have my toys working again, so that I can share some photo’s from this captivating province!

Here’s one taken at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, with Table Mountain in the background:


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Special Photo for Freedom Day

South Africa celebrated Freedom Day on Tuesday 27th April, in commemoration of our first democratic elections which took place in 1994, resulting in Nelson Mandela‘s election as President. This iconic man has contributed so much wisdom to the world that it begs to be shared. Here are two quotes for today’s inspiration:

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.’ – Nelson Mandela

This post is 2 days late because Dave and I were in the Western Cape, taking a mini holiday around his last race in Montagu (more images to follow soon). Here’s a special photo that he took from Signal Hill, which is where he proposed to me a little over 15 years ago, on an equally beautiful day :-). In the spirit of the classic wedding phrase, this image includes:

Something OldRobben Island (left of pic, where Madiba was incarcerated for many years),
Something NewGreenpoint Stadium, all ready for the 2010 Soccer World Cup!,
Something Borrowed – perfect Autumn weather,
Something Blue – a small slice of Table Bay . . .

ROBBEN ISLAND + GREENPOINT STADIUM – from Signal Hill, Cape Town

On a personal note, Freedom Day is particularly relevant to my first novel, Out of Air, which is a lively love story set in Cape Town during 1994 🙂 More info is included on My Books page.
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