**If you haven’t heard the previous episode(s), I strongly urge you to start with Episode 1. (‘Cause it’s a story and all…)**


I’m reminded by Episode 1 of the podcast that I wanted not only to share what it’s like to be out there cruising, but also just perhaps shed some light on what cruising can teach us about life.

As I sit here this morning in the cockpit of Jacie Sails sipping some “Relaxed Mind” herbal tea, I’ve frankly been stressing a little about this episode. Well, and many of the previous ones.

I’m on a juice fast. I made this trip down to the boat with one main goal in mind: Get the next episode out. And don’t take the boat out until I do! The juice fast has kept things simple. And the boat has not gone out.

It’s easy to take things for granted.

Sitting on the companionway step facing aft at the cockpit table, I hear the murmur of voices from my good neighbors behind me.

Halyards clang on various masts around the basin. Some people don’t like the sound. They are big beautiful wind chimes to me.

The cattle boat going to Egmont Key pulls up to the dock and the mate shouts, “Hey John, will you turn on the pump out, please?”

A puff. The wind caresses the back of my left shoulder. South.

My friend Jason heads out in the Tow Boat US power cat.

A sheepshead dines on the barnacles on the next boat, making little sucking splashes.

The rhythms of Gulfport Municipal Marina on a slow Monday morning, tranquil. But inevitably I drift back to Episode 14, in progress.

This Moment

It’s easy to take for granted this moment. We’re so easily distracted. Smartphones, cable TV, social media.

I think most humans in the First World probably have an attention deficit problem.

Photo by camilo jimenez on Unsplash

So many gadgets and things to have. So many tools for productivity! Should I write this post in Ulysses? Scrivener? Bear? Drafts? Calmly Writer? (Drafts wins for the moment.)

The Tortoise

Some of my friends (and particularly my podcasting friends) would be entirely correct to point out perhaps I take longer than necessary to produce these episodes.

In my defense, I’ve always kind of produced things by first creating a little “nest,” arranging this twig here and that one there, maybe removing a piece of debris here.

And as far as I can remember, I’ve been pretty proud of everything I’ve produced so far: records, this podcast, my Dad’s podcast, the book

Yes, I have produced a variety of things.

If you’ve heard the podcast, hopefully, you can appreciate the attention to detail. But clearly I need things to move faster. Strike that. I need to move things faster.

People are waiting on the next episode. I have Patreon patrons now. Certainly not bad problems to have, but…I’ve got to untangle this process, make it faster without sacrificing the quality that I want.

(Okay, moving this post to Ulysses now.🤣)

Just Too Tired?

One of my biggest problems is that I didn’t have the discipline or the extra energy during my solo trip to properly organize the various pieces of audio I was getting on my iPhone, portable recorder and fancy recorder – right then. Now it’s a stinky massive audio file poop.

Yes, I recorded a marina laundry. The machine tried to eat my quarters, by the way.

There’s a lot of great stuff there. Sound effects I can use which really came from my trip; little monologue soundbites that show my mood during the trip as well as what was going on around me; ambient location sound. But these are all jumbled up together — sometimes on the same file — and scattered across multiple devices.

Did I mention I was creating this podcast as I went along?

So yeah, I’ve made it much harder than necessary to do what I want.

(Not that there’s a template for this. This feels exponentially harder than my interview–based previous podcast, The Multimedia Ninja.)

Story and Flow

However, I’ve also realized (perhaps more importantly) that this podcast, (as cleverly as I may try and produce it) is not about Audio. It’s about Story.

As I hint at in this episode, I don’t necessarily need the exact audio from the exact time to tell the story. And if I forget something a little bit — maybe this thing happened after breakfast, not before — it’s not tragic.

Some of the MANY tools I used during the trip for Season One.

And while I need to better plan and organize (and immediately ingest and catalog!) my audio going forward, what I need to do now is just remember the story and find the best flow I can to glide through the process.

Happy Where I Am

But meanwhile, I can take comfort in knowing that I’m solving this puzzle as best I can. And that I keep improving.

And heck, maybe you can just consider that as part of the excitement of listening to the podcast.

When will he get the next podcast out? Will he get faster? Stay tuned.

It’s easy to take for granted this moment. We’re so easily distracted. Smartphones, cable TV, social media…

But seriously, I will get faster. And it does me no good to beat myself up about the past.

So I’m going to take a moment now to enjoy the sights and sounds of the marina, in this beautiful paradise that I’ve almost taken for granted, before setting up my microphone and laptop to start voicing Episode 14.

And I’m happy where I am.


Do you find yourself spinning your wheels? Or maybe you’ve had an experience that changed your perspective and allowed you to start enjoying the moment? Let me know in the comments below!

4 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, Bradford. All those wonderful audio and video effects are, indeed, what bring us along with you in your love of sailing, and closer to appreciating all the moments of preparation, spontaneity and creativeness that encompass your passion for all you pursue. As for me, I find myself able to utilize nature’s smaller treats, those being nature’s great varieties of flora and fauna. These things I explore and investigate broadly, deeply, and in great detail, capturing images in a way that make these things feel more memorable to me and shareable with others in every way my own camera allows. Sometimes, but rarely, I even find myself with pencil and color, in an effort to recreate the more wondrous aspects of what I witness, to free myself to nature’s essence in a wholey different way.
    None of these things, though, replace those glorious moments when I am alone and quiet, when all I love about nature is capturing all my senses, and even the things that might impose upon the moment–the mechanical things, the engineered things, the sights and sounds of humankind–become part of the whole, that you also describe.
    In short, for me, even the greatest of observations, ideas and plans can become an ongoing storm, if I don’t sometimes seek out and travel with an in the ‘eye’. Choose it often. Enjoy it always. I think this may apply to all people of great passion.
    Oh! As for the moment that brings me to an awareness that I am ‘spinning my wheels’? Although the specifics may vary, most people call it depression.

    • Amen! There’s a fine line between genius and madness, they say…and if you see the current travel/audio/blog log I’m making in order to sort through the remaining episodes, you may be tempted to think it runs in the family! 😛

  2. Perfectly said and true. Don’t forget why you are able to do the podcast, because you have a passion and a love for sailing. You aren’t sailing to come up with material to write about. You are writing to share your love of sailing. And thanks for the reminder to just be in the moment. Always enjoy what you post!

    • Thanks so much, Julie!!! I very much appreciate you reaching out. To be honest, if I could just sail, I’d be tempted to just do that for a while! 🤣 But I *do* enjoy sharing the joy of being “out there”…⛵️😎🌴🌞

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