WHATEVER IT TAKES,
Fictional small town, similar to the Ranch & lake at grandma & grandpa's; Northern California,
Russian River in the summertime
First Loves, Second Chances, Loss/Death, Coping,
Forgiveness, Mental Health, Family
- The crew - Nick, Mac, Sam, and Reilly
- Coming of age; love lost and found
- Lick's bar - the crew's hangout, me and Nick's dream bar
- Revised version of the story,"Reilly," I wrote in high school
- Based on the ranch, where I spent my childhood summers
- Utilize my horseback riding/cowgirl background
- The loss of Grandpa
- Saratoga crew adventures based on camping and canoeing
with my friends
(we'll come back to her later, too)
(we'll come back to him later)
Nicola Peltz (photo courtesy: Pinterest)
Stephen Amell (photo courtesy: Pinterest)
Character: Samantha "Sam" Miller
Occupation: Runs a horse boarding facility
-Lost her father; lives with her stepmother, Alison (also Nick's Aunt)
-Running her father's ranch
-Dated Reilly; her first love
-Best friends with Mac since elementary school; bonded over losing their mothers at a young age
Character: Josh Reilly aka "Reilly"
Occupation: Army Corporal
-All-American boy-next-door, high school baseball star
-No mother, abusive/alcoholic father
-Returns home to sell his father's house
-Dated Sam in high school; she broke up with him while he was overseas
-Drives "The Rumbler"
-Best friend is Nick
-Still loves Sam
-Inserted himself in Sam and Mike's relationship and she's held it against him ever since
"The breeze, already warming, hits my face and whips through my hair, and I start to feel lighter. Shasta’s girth expands against my thighs as I grip onto her with each galloping step. It’s here and now, while I’m suspended between flight and life-sucking asphyxiation, that I want to last forever, an existence where everything’s behind me, and all I have are the possibilities of the unknown ahead. "
For my mom, who always told me I'd do something big and special when I grew up.
And for my grandparents who provided me such a special place to spend the summers. Grandpa, you always asked me what I was writing. Well, here it is. I wish you were still around to read it. I think about you every day.
My grandparent's place in Northern California
A special place & childhood revere
My mom thought I'd be a National Geographic journalist - she got an author who writes about adventures instead
Mom & me
Grandma & Grandpa
Warm, dusty competition day.
First place in Key Hole, Obstacles, and Team Penning
(c. Middle School)
My grandparent's 50th Wedding Anniversary; a very emotional day; He died shortly after
more awkward photos
I've always been dorky (I have no clue what's going on here). My first trip to Marine World /Africa USA