I’m taking my new paddleboard out for the first time today. I brought it out a few months ago, but I didn’t use it, just let my professor’s Tom Hallock’s kid use it as kind of a “thank you” for helping me with my thesis and my writing. Tom, not his kid. See, this is why I needed his help – my modifiers are all wrong. Also, I tend to use passive voice a lot, which is weird because I had that bitch of a teacher my sophomore who failed me if I used on “to be” verb in a paper. For years I obsessively edited out passive voice, but apparently I got better. Yay me. Now my writing isn’t as great as it should be.

But back to the board. I bought it for myself as a graduation present, but I bought it early because I found a great deal. Since I haven’t used it before I finished everything, that totally isn’t cheating. Today, though, I’m taking it out.

This post really isn’t about paddleboarding. It’s about me being done with my Master’s, which is definitely cool and I am so glad I did it. Now, though, I have this thesis that’s actually a book and it just needs some work before I send my introduction and some sample chapters to a publisher. I also want to set it up as serial installments on a blog as I go (that idea comes courtesy of Tom Hallock, and it’s one of the reasons he’s totally worth letting his kid use my paddleboard before I did. The other is that he’s a kick ass writing teacher and has mad editing skills) but I’m still fleshing out the details.

That, however, can wait. See, Calypso’s bored. She’s been waiting for me to finish my damn thesis so we can go have some fun. I don’t blame her a bit. I feel the same way, except my thesis was fun. For me. For a while. Until I got sick over it. Anyway, I’ll post the link to the Finding Florida blog as soon as it’s ready. For now, I owe a little dog some fun.

UPDATE: She had a great time. So did I. Here are a few photos of Calypso The Paddledog…

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I write. I take pictures. I love my dog. I love Florida. My 2016 book, 'Backroads of Paradise' did really well for the publisher and now I feel a ridiculous amount of pressure to finish the second book.