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I don't plan to disappear.

I have a life, here on solid land. Well, mostly on the internet. A pretty solid social life, good relationships with a few tight friends and a few dozen amicable aquaintences. The people I interact with every day.

(Though I wonder, because we all do, how long it would take them to notice if I stopped turning up. A few days, at least. A month, at most? But that's not the type of disappearance I'm talking about.)

I can't take the internet with me on my Cruise. Oh, it's possible, thank the technology race. There's satellite internet and a host of other options. Expensive options. Options that cost more than my little boat, more than my college tuition. So no, I will not be dragging this series of tubes with me across the wide empty expanses of ocean. For months at a time, this Cruise, this choice, will cut me off.

But I refuse to be invisible. Every port, I will bring updates and pictures and a hundred new little stories. Expect tales of sea turtles and visiting birds, of passing strange debris and chance encounters with other trekkers like myself. Even the daily minutia of a logbook, if anyone cares to read it.

June 7, 2014, 1325 || 0 0' 0.0" N / 147 40' 59" W || Wind WNW ~20kts Gusty swells and slight chop. Unlimited visability. || Crossing the equator at last! I threw myself a party and ate the last orange from Hilo, 1400 miles ago. I'll never complain about the weather back home again. I think I am going to melt to the deck. Saw one bird today. No clouds. Tomorrow will maybe be laundry day if the wind dies down. Kind of roaring along right now.

October 1, 2016, 0721 || 35 59' 31" N / 5 41' 22" W || Wind nonexistant, big queasy swells moving west, fog/rain, visib ~100yds || Think I saw Gibralter, but the rain closed in on me again. Everything's gray and wet. I just want to spend tonight in a hotel in Spain, but the wind may not get me there until tomorrow. One liter of fuel in the tank won't get me there. Sounding the horn every 3 minutes, no sleep. I think I'm on the edge of the shipping lane.

And those would be the exciting days.

I expect to write. All alone, with only my reflection and my boat to listen to the stories I know I can tell. I'll bring fiction ashore with me too. I expect stories about the end of the world to come as naturally as autobiographical fragments, made-up histories of everything I pass. It will all pass from my boat to the internet until I am trailing a flotsom raft of communication, a big banner of 'Listen to me! I still exist!' to wave proudly whenever I meet another human being out there in the blue.

I'm not going out there to disappear.

I'm going out there to write my way around the whole damn world.

Reader Participation
If you were following my blog while I sail around the world, what would you like to read?

  • Log entries, like the ones above, full of trivial data and on-the-spot remarks?
  • Narrative, memoir-style entries?
  • Simply accountings of daily life at sea?
  • Fictionalized, sensational narrative entries that make the months at sea much more exciting than they really are? (Zombies! Pirates! Sea monsters!)
  • Just the highlights?
  • Internal reflection a la Walden?
  • Other, which you will expand upon in the comments?

[This entry was written for [livejournal.com profile] therealljidol, a livejournal-based write-off competition. Voting is up, so read everyone's entries here and vote for me your favorites!

Date: 2011-11-15 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] djinni.livejournal.com
I will be writing you back, but you know that :)

Date: 2011-11-16 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
All the letters.

Date: 2011-11-15 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penguinfaery.livejournal.com
I so don't want you to leave, but I will eagerly away all your updated. And I'll jhsdfdf e-mail you or something so you can get them when your port.

Date: 2011-11-16 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
You can send me snail mail too! There are ~ways~

Date: 2011-11-15 07:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kintotech
Ideally, I'd like to think I'd notice in a few days. :P

That said, I, among others, will end up missin' your presence, even if we haven't talked like we used to.

And I'll be happy to read and see the updates as they come.

Date: 2011-11-16 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
*fistbump* Aye, we don't talk much, but it's always good to see you around.

Date: 2011-11-16 11:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kintotech
Hell, I miss talkin' with all'a'y'all. ♥

Date: 2011-11-15 08:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweeny-todd.livejournal.com
I ended up with a smile - that last line is brilliant and so affirming!!

Date: 2011-11-16 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
Thank you! It isn't where I meant to end, but it fit better than anything else I could say.

Date: 2011-11-15 10:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everywordiwrite.livejournal.com
This is lovely - lovely message, lovely writing. Loved the logbook entries too.

Date: 2011-11-16 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
I feel like I should have grabbed real ones from my last cruise.

Date: 2011-11-15 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skylanth.livejournal.com
I will miss you very much and I will want to read everything you write on your trip.

Date: 2011-11-16 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
I will send you letters!

Date: 2011-11-15 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mstrobel.livejournal.com
I'm the type who'd be interested in those sorts of short logs... as well as anything else longer of note. Like the mermaids and pirates and so on :D

Date: 2011-11-16 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
I'll be posting in sporadic bursts, probably once a month or so. Would you read about 120 of those log enties, most very dull, at once, or should I pick and choose, or make them up into daily or weekly digests and have some sort of autopost device to space them out?

Date: 2011-11-17 11:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mstrobel.livejournal.com
PERSONALLY, the spacing out idea... big chunks of text all at once, I balk at - but short, sharp bursts I will gladly read. I have a short attention span XD

Date: 2011-11-17 02:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
Well, unless I get an autoupdater, the spacing out will be forced, because I won't have internet out at sea, and some of my crossings take 20-60 days.

Date: 2011-11-15 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noodledays.livejournal.com
it's so fun to have incredibly adventures and times to look forward to. :)

Date: 2011-11-16 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
It really is.

Date: 2011-11-15 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com
narrative memoir type entries would be my vote. Smile. Interesting entry and nicely done!

Date: 2011-11-16 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
Those are what comes most naturally to me, I think. (Just look at my LJ.)

Date: 2011-11-16 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myrna-bird.livejournal.com
I already enjoyed this entry and fromyour cruise, I think I would enjoy the memoir-style and the internal reflections, but all of the options offer interesting perspectives of your travels.

Date: 2011-11-16 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
I may just wind up doing them all. It isn't as though I'll be short of writing time.

Date: 2011-11-16 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mymisguided.livejournal.com
I think memoir and internal reflection would be my picks, maybe with a dash of sensational to liven things up. =)

And I agree, the last line is the best.

Date: 2011-11-16 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
For the sensational, I've considered doing an entire tandem blog, running parallel, about a fictional me sailing around the world trying to find survivors after a paranormal apocolypse.

Date: 2011-11-16 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imafarmgirl.livejournal.com
It sounds fun.

Date: 2011-11-16 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
It already is and I haven't even left.

Date: 2011-11-16 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixie117.livejournal.com
I'd like to see pictures. Lots and lots of pictures :)

Date: 2011-11-16 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
Oh, pictures are an utter given.

Date: 2011-11-17 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lawchicky.livejournal.com
My dream is to sail around the world, and yes, I'd be writing all the way around and just getting onto the internet at ports.

Date: 2011-11-17 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
Oh, you too? Then you should definitely be following me, and I you.

Date: 2011-11-17 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whipchick.livejournal.com
Neat plans! Have you read DOVE, by Robin Lee Graham? He sailed around the world as a teenager. It's pretty interesting.

Date: 2011-11-17 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-id.livejournal.com
Of course! He held the record for the youngest solo for a long, long time.

Another good one in the same vein, and my personal inspiration, is Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi, who did it at 18.

Date: 2011-11-17 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whipchick.livejournal.com
I'll have to look that up! I was so fascinated by your story I spent some time on Wikipedia after reading - Robin and Patti are still alive and well and happy, and I came across Aebi's name, too. Now I'll have to get her book! Apparently, Laura Dekker is in mid-sail right now, ETA next September.

Date: 2011-11-17 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jem0000000.livejournal.com
The first three, definitely, but any of it would be cool.

Date: 2011-11-17 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenfernway.livejournal.com
I like the log entries. I would also enjoy your daily accounting of sea life and some reflection thrown in for good measure.

Date: 2011-11-17 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeitgeistic.livejournal.com
How exciting!

I think the log entries would be fun.

Date: 2011-11-17 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kirrst.livejournal.com
I'm so excited for you! To be honest, I'd love to read any of those entries.


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