Giving thanks …

For all the books that shaped me.
For all the authors who wrote those books.
For the mentors who helped me develop my craft.
For readers whose kind comments keep me writing.


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A lovely review in the Marianas Variety, Micronesia’s leading newspaper


Book Review of Tightwads on the Loose in Mariana’s Variety, Micronesia’s largest newspaper: “I love an author who looks outward to notice the waterfalls and dance festivals, but at the same time looks inward to describe the personal transformation taking place, taking note of the way they both impact and are impacted by the people and places they experience. The book is a joy to read. I cannot wait to start her second book, “Sea Trials.” Enjoy “Tightwads on the Loose.” You will thank me. A whale of a tale!


Read the full review here:
Book Review of Tightwads on the Loose in Mariana’s Variety, Micronesia’s largest newspaper

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Seasons Greetings!

As cold days send you indoors, may the blessings of the season be yours. Time with loved ones and time lingering over a good book.

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Welcome to fall reading season!

The best part of the shorter, cooler days is the idea of curling up with a good book.

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A Glimpse Of Our Boat Building Project

In keeping with the idea to build locally, sail globally …

Here’s a link to a quick video tour of our boat project. Keep in mind that, since we make progress every day, it has changed since this was recorded.

https://vimeo.com/451264467

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An article I wrote about the Virtual Wooden Boat Festival

Creativity and resilience brought a new vision for a well-loved event from idea to reality. And it was awesome.

It would be one big experiment. Never been done before. But, hey … why not?

When the pandemic hit, it soon became clear that hosting a festival that brings 30,000 people from all over the country—globe, even—might not be a good idea. Left and right, event cancellations proliferated while cases spiked and the deadly risks of Covid-19 became evident.

Photo by Jan Hein

Planning for the 44th annual Wooden Boat Festival (WBF) had been well underway. Hmmm. After dodging a bullet the year before with the uncertainty about the renovation of the docks at Port Hudson, Coronavirus presented a whole new level of challenge for this Northwest stalwart. As in, perhaps, “Forget it.” But we boaters are a hearty lot, and especially those of the Wooden Boat Festival variety. I mean, after all, we are known for beautifully varnished wooden boats, and if that is not the definition of insanity in Pacific Northwest weather, what is?

The Plan
Leave it to the brilliant creators of the wildly successful Race to Alaska (R2AK) to come up with innovative solutions. No doubt sparked by the crazy antics and clever ideas that flooded YouTube the first month of the pandemic lockdown, they thought, why not harness frustrated energy into a festival that captured the spirit and stories of a typical WBF in a fun format could be enjoyed from anywhere? I can hear the gears turning in their minds (perhaps after a beer or two):

“We’ve got all these ridiculously talented folks, proud of their boats to the point of insanity and driving themselves batty to get the varnish perfect so they can strut like peacocks for four days. Why don’t we funnel this unhealthy proclivity to fuel more potential insanity—like we’ve always done? We just need to do it with physical distancing.”

The reply:

“Yeah! What could be a better method of physical distancing than to deliver direct to their eyeballs through their computer screens? After all, haven’t we already witnessed addiction to the race tracker?”

More beers and more brainstorming followed; they threw down the dice and gave it a gamble.

They issued a call to folks originally slotted to show their wooden masterpieces or do a demonstration or give a talk: “Submit a video of your boat shop! Host a Zoom Room! Submit a video of your quarantine boat project! Give us a tour of your boat!”

… [MORE]

Read how it went and some of the highlights I discovered that first weekend of the festival.

Fortunately, you (and I) can still catch more of the festival until October 19 at https://virtualwbf.org/.

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The Virtual Wooden Boat Festival Continues Until October 19, 2020

Virtual Wooden Boat Festival Delivers Inspiration, Entertainment and Connection

Creativity and resilience brought a new vision for a well-loved event from idea to reality. And it was awesome.

From my 48North Magazine article about it:

“It would be one big experiment. Never been done before. But, hey … why not?

When the pandemic hit, it soon became clear that hosting a festival that brings 30,000 people from all over the country—globe, even—might not be a good idea. Left and right, event cancellations proliferated while cases spiked and the deadly risks of Covid-19 became evident.

Leave it to the brilliant creators of the wildly successful Race to Alaska (R2AK) to come up with innovative solutions. No doubt sparked by the crazy antics and clever ideas that flooded YouTube the first month of the pandemic lockdown, they thought, why not harness frustrated energy into a festival that captured the spirit and stories of a typical WBF in a fun format could be enjoyed from anywhere? I can hear the gears turning in their minds (perhaps after a beer or two):

We’ve got all these ridiculously talented folks, proud of their boats to the point of insanity and driving themselves batty to get the varnish perfect so they can strut like peacocks for four days. Why don’t we funnel this unhealthy proclivity to fuel more potential insanity—like we’ve always done? We just need to do it with physical distancing.

The reply:

Yeah! What could be a better method of physical distancing than to deliver direct to their eyeballs through their computer screens? After all, haven’t we already witnessed addiction to the race tracker?

More beers and more brainstorming followed; they threw down the dice and gave it a gamble. … ” <MORE>

It was wildly successful.

And you can still enjoy all this great content until October 19th.

Here’s a link to the rest of an article I wrote about the Virtual Wooden Boat festival for 48North Magazine: https://48north.com/news/events-coverage/virtual-wooden-boat-festival-delivers-inspiration-entertainment-and-connection/

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Sharing our Boat Building Project at the 2020 Virtual Wooden Boat Festival


It’s exciting to be part of the Wooden Boat Festival tradition.
This year the Virtual Wooden Boat Festival is different than the live festival, but full of fascinating content. So many interesting talks, movies, video tours of boats and boat shops, and more from far and wide. The virtual version offers unique opportunities to see boats, boatbuilders, museums, and projects from all over the world. You can enjoy much of it until October 19th. Tickets at https://virtualwbf.org/

Garth Wilcox and I hosted a Zoom Room on Saturday September 12th to share the latest from our boat building project.

We shared photos of our boat building adventures with details about Garth Wilcox’s design and this construction of the 38-foot wooden sailboat with a lifting keel and rudder that he’s envisioned. Unfortunately our session wasn’t recorded. For those who missed it, there is a link to unnarrated slides from our show: An overview of the design and construction of Garth Wilcoxs’ Geedub38, a 38-foot plywood cruising boat with a lifting keel and rudder.  (Construction progress as of August 2020. Keep in mind, this is a work in progress and, since we work on it every day, these photos are already out of date.)

Don’t miss all the other great events which you can still see if you hurry. Below are a few highlights. Some of my old talks on our voyages and panel discussions (and designer panels that Garth Wilcox has also participated in) can be watched at anytime. Most are available via links on the Adventure Stage.

Here’s an article I wrote about the festival for 48North Magazine: https://48north.com/news/events-coverage/virtual-wooden-boat-festival-delivers-inspiration-entertainment-and-connection/

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Rave review for audiobook Tightwads on the Loose

“In her first book, Tightwads on the Loose, author Wendy Hinman tells us the story of an amazingly funny journey that she embarked on with her husband without any of them knowing that it will result in a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey.

Tightwads on the Loose is extremely amusing, written brilliantly with a sense of humor and from the author’s heart, with inspired chapter names that will give a hint of things to come. After the necessary introductions are made, the listener is pulled into an adventure that will take him to exotic locations, vividly described with color and insight.

I don’t want to give away any of the story as I hate spoilers, but I’ll say that I enjoyed Wendy and Garth’s adventures tremendously, cheering them on forward, feeling their pain and understanding their confusion when they heard on the radio about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center… From the first time they cast off, to the moment they return to the United States in a post-9/11 World, the events in Tightwads on the Loose are worthy of a travel TV Series.

I can’t think of a better actor than who could have brought this story and characters to life. She reads with eagerness, passion and comedic talent, infusing every moment with emotions and a sense of urgency. She is perfect for Tightwads on the Loose as she is blessed to be able to reach a large range of voices and accents. This way, the listener is completely immersed into this thrilling adventure.

Tightwads on the Loose is a perfect opportunity for those looking for a good book that blends travel with adventure to learn about distant parts of the World and about how a couple’s love for the sea transformed into the journey of their lifetime.

If you are still staying inside to protect yourself and your family, Tightwads on the Loose will compress seven years of adventure on the high seas into 12 hours of entertainment.

I hope to see Wendy’s second book released in audiobook format as soon as possible.”

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In her first book, Tightwads on the Loose, author Wendy Hinman tells us the story of an amazingly funny journey that she embarked on with her husband without any of them knowing that it will result in a Seven Year Pacific Odyssey.

Tightwads on the Loose is extremely amusing, written brilliantly with a sense of humor and from the author’s heart, with inspired chapter names that will give a hint of things to come. After the necessary introductions are made, the listener is pulled into an adventure that will take him to exotic locations, vividly described with color and insight.

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Attention Book Reviewers and Librarians NEW AUDIOBOOK FOR REVIEW

Tightwads on the Loose is now available for request via #Netgalley


#TightwadsontheLoose

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/199247

Tightwads on the Loose tells the amusing story of Wendy and Garth, who set sail on an open-ended voyage, never imagining they’d be gone seven years or cover 34,000 miles at the pace of a fast walk. They live without most “necessities” and learn that teamwork and a sense of humor matter most as they face endless “character-building opportunities.”

Tightwads on the Loose offers a fun read to the armchair adventurer — or anyone afflicted with wanderlust.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy this 5 star read. Request it here.

“Tightwads on the Loose is extremely amusing, written brilliantly with a sense of humor and from the author’s heart, with inspired chapter names that will give a hint of things to come. After the necessary introductions are made, the listener is pulled into an adventure that will take him to exotic locations, vividly described with color and insight.” AudiobookBlog (Read the full review here.)

Readers have enjoyed this story for years in paperback and as an eBook and it has been a consistently strong seller. It has garnered rave reviews from many readers and been named a best book multiple times. Now those who prefer to hear a story with their ears rather than take it in through tired eyes can also enjoy it. As children, we loved when someone read us a story. Why not enjoy the same means of opening our imaginations as adults?

Author Wendy Hinman is excited to share her phenomenal story through audio, thanks to the incredible storytelling talents of our narrator, Robin Karno. Robin’s enthusiasm and excitement has made the process of bringing this story alive so much fun. Not only has she been a fabulous collaborator, she has a pleasing voice, great comedic timing, and a talent for capturing the flavor of the voyage and the accents of the cultures that this traveling duo visit in their 34,000-mile journey around the Pacific aboard a small sailboat.
Now the whole family can listen to this engaging, award-winning story of travel adventures with Wendy and Garth.

Listen to a sample audio clip of Tightwads on the Loose, narrated by Robin Karno, for a taste of our first experience venturing offshore at the start of what became a 7-year pacific odyssey. Breaking in a rookie.

Here’s another audio clip of a close encounter with a ship off the coast of Mexico. Narrated by Robin Karno: (Mexico_Ship_Encounter_scaryclose_clip)

Another audio clip of Adventures Hiking in Hong Kong. Narrated by Robin Karno.

*The Tightwads on the Loose audiobook is available for purchase through most audiobook retailers, including: (*subject to change without notice.)

Audiobooks.com
Audible
Amazon (digital)
Chirp
iTunes
Nook Audiobooks (Barnes & Noble)
Downpour
eMusic eStories
Findaway
Hoopla
Overdrive
Bibliotheca + 3M
Playster
Baker & Taylor Audiobookstore
Libro.FM
TuneIn
StoryTel
Mofibo
AudiobooksNow
Scribd
Follett
Hummingbird Media
The Audiobook Store
3 Leaf Group
Audiobooks NZ
Audiomol
Beek
BookMate
EBSCO Information Services
eStories
Google
Kobo
Mackin Educational
Odilo
Permabound
Wheelers Book Club Limited

Relax and listen to the story unfold as many times as you wish!

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#bookreviewers

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