Kari Martindale’s Writing Projects
During my 3+ years as an expat, I have kept busy with writing, traveling, and blogging. When we return to the States in May 2016, I’ll expand my writing career. Here are some of my biggest projects:
The Flash series of children’s books, written by Kari Martindale (that’s me) and illustrated by Aaron Parrott, is based on a real Jack Russell who has had his fair share of adventures. In the first book, The Day Flash Couldn’t Even, we’re reminded that there is always tomorrow. In The Time Flash Had the Best Day Ever, children are introduced to the idea that their feelings are not the only feelings at play.
In honor of Book 1, “The Day Flash Couldn’t Even” (the illustrations for which are complete), we’ll be posting pictures of times when Flash just couldn’t even, on his facebook page.
Based on the past two years of travels with Some Guy’s Hat (SGH), June’s Hat is the fictional story of 4 generations of women. When one retires to follow the trail of a such a hat, the two younger generations reluctantly join her. While retracing history, they learn much more than they’d intended–about family, war, marriage, and one another. This manuscript is in progress.
50 x 30 is a novel for Kindle. It is currently unavailable as it is being revised into a collection of travel essays. Almost a decade after ticking the last state off her list, Kari shared her adventures and misadventures in a humorous account of her travels throughout all fifty states, from description of the terrain to observations and debacles–all the fun and reluctant aspects of traveling through small towns and big cities, National Parks, campsites and hotel suites, Roadside America, highways and dirt roads.
The Repatriation Project is the working title of the manuscript I have begun writing about both our time as expats in Germany, and our upcoming experience of repatriating, which will begin when we move back to the States this June. While making cultural and social comparisons between the two nations, I will be focusing on my daughter’s challenges and experiences as she re-enters American culture. After observing our experiences over a period of one year, I will finish the manuscript.