Places I've Had Car Trouble (book in progress)
After releasing Yoga Mama's Buddha Sandals: Mayans, Zapatistas and Silly Little White Girls, everyone started asking, "When are you going to write more about the stuff that happened in chapter 2??" It's in progress.
You're never going to believe how many times I've been in cars that broke down. Brakes have failed, tires popped off while driving down the road, engines stalled and/or blew up--I've actually been in three cars that caught on fire, one of which burned to the ground, stranding me in the boondocks of Moscow, Tennessee, where locals swap stories of being attacked by swamp monkeys. All the stories are true. I've got witnesses. Sometimes very angry or annoyed witnesses. What can I say? I'm fortunate enough to be the kind of girl things happen to and, so far, I survive them.
I'm also lucky that many of these events coincided with a trip to somewhere extraordinary. From rebuilding my carburetor on a picnic table next to Billy the Kid's gravesite in a deserted town in Southern New Mexico, to Volkswagen Beetles catching on fire and burning to the ground in the swamp monkey-infested backwoods of Moscow, Tennessee, you're just never gonna believe what happens. Oh, and I had a gun. Look for excerpts to start appearing periodically in my blog this Fall.
New Mexico Magazine Only in New Mexico
"The first time I visited Chaco Canyon, I was trespassing. Hidden under a smudge of thick black eyeliner, I looked like a girl out for trouble, not a hike around 900-year-old Native American ruins. At the time, I had only recently transitioned from the role of adrift, troubled teen to that of first-generation college student on the dean’s list...the good one."