South Carolina, Part 2

 On the drive to Edisto, we stopped to visit the Angel Oak tree. It’s 65 feet high, the area of shade it covers is 17,000 square feet, and the largest limb is 89 feet long and over 11 feet around. It’s believed to be 1500+ years old and is named after the original owners of the property, Justin and Martha Angel.




Impressive, no? And now, on to Charleston! This city was – is! – absolutely amazing. We took an hour-long horse-drawn tour and barely scratched the surface of all the culture and history to be had. The family wants to go back and spend a week there sometime  to really explore.




The tea-and-spice shop was pretty amazing.



There are random skulls scattered around Charleston, just so you know. Even in tea shops. P1040250

There was a mystery shop called the Black Fedora with a welcome mat I wanted to buy, but I didn’t think mom would go for. There was also a fudge shop where we were serenaded with songs about fudge (that girl could sing). And also – my personal favorite – a guy on a corner performing a concert with marionettes.






 And then, there were the houses. I’ve never seen such houses.



P1040269 A couple random Charleston photographs…



While eating at an Irish pub, Silas drew on his cup “Silas ♥ Aunty M” and so naturally, my heart melted and I had to take a picture.



 And last, but not least, Botany Bay! (yes, fellow trekkies, it’s a real place. It’s the grounds surrounding a no-longer-existing plantation, and when the tide comes in the place is submerged in water, leaving sea shells hanging in tree branches and other such oddities.)









And there you have it! Is it any surprise I decided to switch the setting of a certain novel of mine?


South Carolina, Part 1


So we drove to Edisto Island, South Carolina, and realized there was nothing to do there. Let alone having a Starbucks, the island didn’t even have a coffee shop to its name. (It did have a bookstore that was a bit of allright, and I did get two books there. The bookstore cat was nicer than the bookstore owner.) So I actually spent a good portion of the trip reading, editing Paper Crowns, trying to save my iPod battery so it would last through the week to the car trip home (which I did. Hah!) and watching Dragons: Riders of Burk with my nephew, Silas. The rest of the time was spent walking on the beach, watching dolphins, and exploring Charleston. Also I slept on the couch so I could read late into the night (and also to avoid sharing a bed with my sister, who happens to cling like a squid to whoever happens to share sleeping quarters with her), and my bones aren’t sure the sacrifice was worth it. The week’s fruits – three books bought, four books read, half a book edited, and a lot of pictures. Enjoy the glimpse!



She might be seventeen, but I can still call her my baby sister.


 This cutie is Silas, my 7-year-old nephew, with a shard of something shiny.P1040142_picnik

 Oh yes, part of our beach time involved throwing beached jellyfish back into the water.P1040146_picnik

 It doesn’t get more gorgeous than this. Does it??P1040156_picnik


Easy, breezy, beautiful.


Possibly my favorite shot from the entire week.


The Real Photographer, my sister Maralie.




Dad asked why I was standing on the beach taking selfies. I told him it was for the blog.  MeBeach1 P1040197_picnik


More to come soon!