There are two special events close to the heroes of my novels.
Joe Lockhart is a translator, and 30 September is National Translation Day, a celebration promoted by UNESCO.
Emily and Hilda — and her friends and family — ride bicycles, and several types of bicycles appear in the book. The League of American Bicyclists celebrate the National Bicycle Challenge throughout the month of September.
In honor of these events, Lockhart and Emily & Hilda will be on sale for a full month. Pricing varies by retailer, with Smashwords offering the best deal on eBooks (USD 1,25 – Code LJ88L)) and Amazon on the print versions (price varies by location).
It had been cold and rainy, typical for the Mediterranean in late February, but when we pulled into Valencia, Spain, the sun came out for a while. The air was still cool, so I knew that this was going to be wonderful bicycling weather. By now, I had ridden my new bicycle in four countries. The streets of Toulon, Naples, Piraeus, Barcelona and Palma de Majorca were familiar to me. I knew almost nothing about Valencia, but from the charts I could tell that the topography by the coast was gentle. Continue reading →
Last week, readers of The Freewheeling Freelancer (including many of you) wrapped up a ride along the Camino de Santiago and around Portugal and Spain. Right now, I am planning to revisit a six-month ride along the great rivers of Europe three years ago. This is also a good point to ask you what you would like to read next on that blog.
Meanwhile, this blog continues to carry sea stories (nonfiction) and short stories (fiction). Please use the comments section below or the contact form to let me know if you would like to read something different.
As usual, the articles there will alternate with the stories here, so you can travel with me across time and space each week.
Next week, a sea story here about Valencia and oranges. .
When USS WH Standley (CG-32) moored at Naval Base Charleston, South Carolina, in the summer of 1975, there was a different thread of excitement running through the crew, in addition to the usual thrill of being back in home port. We had received a challenge from the other Belknap-class cruiser in town to a “cruiser Olympics.” It was rare for both ships to be home at the same time, so some sort of celebration was in order.