My Life

#Traveling to Canada from Maui #tobytravels

We are traveling to Prince Rupert, Canada, to house swap with a family there, and thinking to be as direct as possible, we took a red eye on Air Canada from Maui to Vancouver. I was grateful for two things: 1) I didn’t faint. I’ve had a situation develop in the last...

Five reasons procrastination is a valid coping strategy

Five reasons procrastination is a valid coping strategy took form in my thoughts as my co-authoring partner, Emily Kimelman,  and I deferred, for the third time, a difficult task we needed tackle involving coordinating a day-by-day timeline of the plot of our series...

Insights from a wellness retreat

Insights from my recent wellness retreat were hard won, but worthwhile, so I thought I’d share for those who may be looking for a health solution that's a little "outside the box." Some of you may know that I’ve struggled for years with an increasingly over-reactive...

New year's resolutions and embracing mediocrity

Embracing mediocrity was a turning point for me, but New Year’s resolutions have always been a favorite flagellation. For the last twenty years and more, every New Year’s eve I’d go off by myself to review my journals from the year. The last ten years, I’d go up on...

When your dog dies

When your dog dies, even after a long slow decline as our old girl did today, it’s a feeling not quite like any other, a unique grief. Dogs are so completely unconditionally loving that having that presence go…well, I’ve cried harder today than I have at human...

Random encounter with #gratitude

I had a random encounter with gratitude today. Maui dawned cool, foggy and rainy, unusual for our island, known for depthless skies and broad vistas. Something about the weather made me sleepy and sad, filled with nostalgia for when my kids were younger and I was a...

My Writing

WIRED DAWN, Paradise Crime #5, is HERE!

WIRED DAWN, Paradise Crime #5, is HERE!

Wired Dawn, Paradise Crime #5, is here at last! This book was a terrific adventure to write, and from what advance readers are saying, to READ! "From the opening quote, "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. KURT VONNEGUT,...

The Multipotentialite Writer

The Multipotentialite Writer

The multipotentialite writer is not well understood or rewarded—in fact, not just writers, but artists in any medium who venture into numerous creative areas face challenges in marketing their work and gaining followings in their various areas of interest. What’s a...

Wired Dawn, Paradise Crime #5, coming soon!

Wired Dawn, Paradise Crime #5, coming soon!

Wired Dawn, Paradise Crime #5, is coming soon on December 8! I sent the copyedited manuscript of the latest in Sophie's adventures off to the Typo Hunters for a final polish before we format and go to press! It's a great feeling, and I think you will love this next in...

Wired Rogue Only .99!

Early last year I launched the Paradise Crime Series, starring Sophie Ang, an MMA-fighting FBI tech agent with a dark secret. Sophie first appeared in Book 4 of the Lei Crime series, Broken Ferns. She was so compelling that I gave her a point of view in the next book,...

Paradise Crime box set on sale for 2.99!

Paradise Crime Series Books 1-3 is ON SALE for 2.99! To help more people discover the series, I'm putting the box set of the first three books on sale for a limited time! Raves from readers: "This series has gripped me as all books have that I have read by Toby Neal!...

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