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My Favorite Thing To Do When Not Writing
Kimberly “Aquamarine” Cates
What does this writer do when she’s not writing? The answer to that question has changed since I moved across the country to be near my daughter and grandchildren. My adopted state of California has been a treasure trove of new experiences to explore.
Since I had lived my whole life in Illinois, the freedom to run away to the beach, hike among giant sequoias, scale mountains, and explore State Parks as well as San Francisco’s museums and arts events, has absolutely delighted me. (My trip to see Hamilton, The Musical was epic!)
My daughter has a gypsy wanderlust that results in plenty of impromptu getaways that I’m so lucky to be a part of. We’ve gone to Point Reyes to see the sea lions and watch the waves crash on Drake’s Beach. We’ve explored Natural Bridges and seen the monarch butterfly migration. We’ve rambled the board walk at Santa Cruz, explored Monterey’s famed aquarium and camped at Lassen Volcanic State Park. (I’ve even learned how to put up my own tent!) I can’t think of anything more delightful than watching my grandkids, aged eight, five and two, splashing in the ocean or running ahead of me on a hiking trail, eager to show me some new wonder of nature they’ve discovered.
This Christmas, our ‘family present’ was a trip to Disneyland. It was a first, not only for the fidgets, but also for daughter Kate and me. My eldest grandson got to do Jedi training and face off against a ‘real live’ Darth Vader. My Frozen obsessed granddaughter got to show the ‘real’ Elsa how to raise an ice castle. (According to two-year-old Lila, Elsa was doing it wrong.) Owen, aged five, got a hug from Minnie Mouse. The look on his face was priceless! And I got to meet my childhood crush, Captain America.
If I had to choose the place I’ve fallen most in love with since my move, it would have to be the ocean. Who knew that this girl who grew up in the Midwest would turn into a complete beach girl? I’ve come to love bodysurfing and am hoping to attempt actual surfing this summer. (Wish me luck! I was an avid water skier as a teenager, so the chance to finally catch a wave is irresistible.)
What else do I do when I’m not writing? Read everything I can get my hands on. Knit like crazy. I’m currently making socks for my three grandkids. It feels like coming full circle to make things for them, since my own beloved grandma not only encouraged me to write, but also taught me to knit. I have her knitting bowl next to my chair, filled with half-finished projects for my own little ones.
I also spend a lot of time pampering my furry muse, Eliza Hamilton The Puppy, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I discovered the breed when I was researching Crown of Mist, my book featuring King Charles II and his fleet of toy spaniels. When I sit down at the computer to write, I feel like the luckiest person in the world, being able to embrace this new beginning. Every day is an adventure just waiting to be discovered.
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IF YOU’D LIKE TO READ one of Kimberly’s books try…
CROWN OF MIST
An Irish patriot, a Cavalier spy, unlikely allies who discover the most dangerous risk they can take is to love each other.
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