I live on a sandbar called Cape Cod. The waves still carry the stories of sea captains and pirates, bootleggers and dreamers. Sometimes I listen. Sometimes my crazy dog listens instead.
My novel, Ocean Echoes, is about a marine biologist who gives up on love to study jellyfish. A percentage from every sale will go toward nonprofit organizations working to protect the world’s oceans for future generations. I’ve also written short stories and feature articles covering anything from environmental issues to Cape Cod characters.
This site will be a reflection of things that inspire me: nature, traveling, books. Mostly, I love anything that will make me look at the world in different ways. Thank you for stopping by. I hope we’ll get to know each other a bit along the way.
I can also be found these days on Twitter and Goodreads.
This is an award-free blog – thank you for visiting!
hello Sheila Hurst
there is a wonderful beauty on and around the coastline of cape cod.
David in Maine USA
yes and in Maine too – come and visit any time!
Congratulations, Sheila – you have won the “Best Line” in my Contest! Please visit my blog for more information on how to receive your gift! ~ Julie 🙂
Thank you so much! I didn’t think I’d have a chance so didn’t even check in. That was a fun contest.
I have a tech question…did you simply paste your awards link onto Connie’s website? I believe that is how it’s done, as opposed to literally typing in all of our nominees…for some reason, (maybe because I’m almost over 50), I’m a bit stumped! I appreciate your help! Hugs! 🙂
that’s what I ended up doing but I’m not sure if it’s the right way 🙂
Hi Sheila! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! Please click on the link to see the rules to claim the award. http://songsofseasons.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/new-post-the-versatile-blogger-award/
Thank you – that’s really nice of you!
Hi Sheila! Awesome about page – we have a lot in common! I salute any other writer who is an advocate for the environment 😀 I also love traveling and photography… I look forward to following you.
Thank you! I keep changing it around since I haven’t fully figured myself out yet. 🙂 I loved your San Francisco pictures and look forward to following too.
Thanks for the like.
Of course! I love visiting and your sense of humor.
Hi, I’ve nominated you for The Kreativ Blogger Award, and I know some people don’t do the award thing, but if you choose to accept all you have to do is list seven facts about yourself and nominate a further seven blogs, listing them in your acceptance post and informing them personally by comment or email.
My post is here http://markjwallis.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/the-vibes-wins-the-kreativ-blogger-award/
thank you! 🙂
Love the blue flower puddles best of all! Thanks for the inspiration and Thanks for mentioning project Kaisei; there’s a similar organization for the Atlantic, but I wonder if they have a beautiful tall ship with handsome sailors. I think it all began when I forced my sons to accompany me on past Earth day’s beach clean-ups. Have you visited Chris Jordan’s web site with more pictures of dead albatross. Incredibly beautiful and sad! Love reading your posts, but its recently been in conflict with weeding and planting peas. Keep writing and posting lovely photos.
I’m glad you enjoyed the puddles! I’m also glad Project Kaisei is out there doing such great work. It’s wonderful that you inspired it. That albatross picture will forever be in my mind – it is incredibly heartbreaking.
Hi Sheila! Your post is incredibly worthy I’ve thought you deserve another award! Please click on the link to claim your award http://songsofseasons.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=753&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2
Thank you – that’s so nice of you! I’m glad you liked it.
Hello Sheila! Hope you don’t mind, but I’ve tagged you for Lucky Seven. You can find out more at: http://kasiajames.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/lucky-seven-for-some/
Look forward to reading a sample of your work.
Thanks Kasia! It might take me a while, but I’ll tag when you least expect it. 🙂
Thank you for following my blog. Appreciate it.
Sure thing – thank you for making me smile!
Hi Sheila! I have honored and tagged you in The Commenter Award. Please visit me (if you have time) for more info http://songsofseasons.wordpress.com/?p=819&preview=true
Thanks Cynthia! 🙂
Thanks for signing on! I hope you will find future posts that you enjoy.
Hi Sheila. Great blog ! Look forward to catching up in your world with your posts.
Hope all is well in the Cape.
Thank you! Yours looks great too. I love Ireland and can’t wait to do some more virtual visiting.
don’t stop at virtual. come visit us!:) Thanks for your kind words. looking forward to your posts!
I hope to – it’s one of my favorite places, probably the favorite although I’m not great at making decisions like that. 🙂
Hello my friend,
I like your writing up here. I think if you keep doing what you’re doing now, you will have good future. So keep it up my friend! 🙂
I have a joyful ride in your blog, and now I’d like to invite you to visit mine. Thank you and have a wonderful day, my friend! 🙂
Thank you – I’ll check yours out too
Thank you, Sheila! I hope your visits in my blog will be a joyful ride! 🙂
I have nominated you for the Illuminating Blog Award at http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/
Hi Sheila, I’ve nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger award. You can see the nomination on my blog http://twoblackdoggies.wordpress.com and should you choose to accept the nomination please check out the award site here: http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/ 🙂
Love the photo of your dog here…:)
Thanks Sunshine! She is a crazy wonderful dog and she really knows how to enjoy everything. 🙂
Hi Sheila, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award! =D You can see the post here: http://lexiejrunge.com/2012/06/05/the-versatile-blogger-award/
Thanks Lexie! That’s really nice of you.
Hi Sheila, I’ve just read and thoroughly enjoyed your short story ‘Microcosm’ – Tina
Thank you for taking the time to read it! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
I love your blog , good done .
Thank you for visiting so I could find yours. I love your site too and look forward to reading more.
That very nice of you ,thanks .
Hey Sheila! I’ve seen your good work here, will be following for more! Hoping the same from you! 🙂
Thank you – I enjoyed your site and will be following for more too! 🙂
Thank you Sheila! Pleasure’s mine! 🙂
Hello Sheila, I have nominated your wonderful blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Here is the link to my blog post where you can view the basic rules of this award : http://musewithcoffee.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/one-lovely-blog-award/ I am an author and a freelance writer as well. I was wondering, do you review books? Have a nice day 🙂
Sorry – this was lost in my spam and I haven’t been on here in awhile. Thank you for the nomination. It’s always nice to meet another author and freelancer. I’ve reviewed some books on here under the reading category, but not enough yet. I don’t think I’ll ever read enough books.
Most welcome! Books will always be there, and they are entertaining and give us so much wisdom 🙂
I wanted to wait till Fall to post this. My inspiration was the Cape. It started out with one thing and led to another.
I’m glad Cape Cod inspired you – it’s that kind of a place.
Wow! I loved that intro. I often struggle to write about myself. You write really well. 🙂
Thanks! I have a hard time writing about myself too. Maybe that’s why we end up writing stories about other people instead. I really loved your story about your family.
I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award, Sheila. I hope you accept.
Sheila, yesterday I thought of you and I nominated your for the Most Influential Blog Award 2012. Your words have always been a blessing to my day and to many others who have been touched by their sincere blessings! You have influenced many including myself…so here is a little bit of recognition for what you bring and share always with your self-less heart and spirit! I posted it yesterday on my blog…god bless you always my sister
Thank you so much Wendell! I feel the same way about your posts and your words. They are filled with inspiration and they make me smile.
Good to meet you via your blog. I grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and am now slow traveling (presently in Spain) with my partner, Mufidah. You can learn more via my SeanMMadden.com blog, MindfulLivingGuide.com site, and Mufidah’s MufidahKassalias.com.
Looking forward to reading your blog over time. In the meantime, all the best with your writing.
Sean & Mufidah
Nice to meet you too! I’m also a fan of slow traveling and Spain sounds much more exciting than MA right about now. Thank you for visiting.
Great ‘About Me’ description, but I really like the simplicity and depth of your tag line “Reading, Writing, Dreaming” Yes, definitely. Thanks or stopping by my blog! 🙂
Thank you – I’m always happy to meet writers, readers, and dreamers.
Hi Sheila, I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Take a peek: http://writingpiecesofme.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/very-inspiring-blogs/
Thank you! 🙂
Hi Sheila, it’s good to meet you and thank you very much for visiting my blog.
It’s great to meet you too! I’ll look forward to following and stopping by more often.
Wonderful bio! Great to meet someone near by! I’ve met a number of people in and around Boston but no one else from CC.
That’s funny – you’re the first person from Cape Cod I’ve met this way too. I’ll have to look through some more of your photos to see if we’ve been to the same places. 🙂
Thank you for the blog follow! ~Gwen
Sure thing – good luck with your writing!
Thanks for following! I lurve your snapthoughts. It looks like you haven’t had a snapthought since January. 😦 Hope you’re inspired with another one soon.
Thank you! Yes, I haven’t had many thoughts lately. 🙂 I think they’ve been frozen since January. You’ve inspired me to try to come up with some more though.
I have nominated you for a Blog Award. Enjoy!
Thanks Amira! 🙂
Sheila! Another ocean person! Thank you so very much for liking my post on Tide Line Still Life. It is a delight to meet you through the blog, and I look forward to spending time on yours. Best, Maggie
Sure thing – it was beautiful and I’m happy to meet another ocean person too! Your post reminded me that I need to get to the beach more often.
Greetings–I like your blog. You have some attributes not too dissimilar from my own. My wife is from the Cape and though we love it in the summer, we love it even more during off season! All the best to you and your blogging. You’ve got quite the following!
Thank you – it’s always nice to find others with that Cape Cod connection. There’s a lot to love about it, as long as you can find those places that aren’t so crowded.
Congratulations on your Blog. Really engaging!
Thank you – yours is a lot of fun too! I love your saying, “We all have a part musician, a part poet and a crazy inside ourselves.” 🙂
Is an actual say in the Spanish language!
Popular wisdom can sometimes be poetic and accurate!
Thanks for stopping by to like my blog post. I like your blog, too!
Thank you! I love Rome and your book sounds really interesting.
Aw, love the dog. Nice blog!
Thank you – I’m glad we found each other!
Sheila, Thanks for the follow so I could find you! I like what I have seen on your blog so far. We are both from MA. 🙂 I like the “Snapthoughts” idea…I will definitely come back for more exploring…or do some “Camping” as my friend, Russel Ray says…
Thank you! That’s great that we’re both from MA. Funny too when you end up meeting people from all over the world this way. Thank you for looking through the Snapthoughts – I just might have to get back into doing those again.
I “met” a blogger and discovered that we had a friend in common on Facebook! It’s a small world…
That’s funny! It’s nice when the world becomes smaller like that.
Sheila thanks so much for the follow and welcome aboard, pity I have no idea where we are heading. Really like your about page and love the look of the dog. From this alone I know you are a decent person – and the list of pother recommended sites. Thank you so much once more and if you have any comments and requests please feel free to come on over and jot them down. MM 🍀
Thank you! I found your site through Jean Tubridy (Social Bridge) and I’m sure I’ll be back soon because I love the beauty of Ireland and your photography is stunning. It’s good to know I can hop over the ocean to visit even if I’m not always able to do that in reality.
thank you for visiting and liking my post!
It was a beautiful sunset – thank you for visiting too!
Sheila, I just read “Microcosm” and loved it! I love the way each detail returns to the greater theme of the story so it’s at once a microcosm and a macrocosm, so small and delicate but huge and powerful. The writing reminds me of water somehow, small waves that are part of the great ocean. Thanks for making my lunch hour a wonderful one.
Thank you so much for making my day (and my year)! That’s really nice to hear, especially while struggling with revising and querying. I’ve been thinking of going back to short story writing and now you’re inspiring me to do that. Thanks so much for taking the time to read it! I’ll have to write something about a goat or an alpaca next. 🙂
Congrats on having your short stories as finalists with such impressive magazines. 🙂 And Cape Cod. I am seriously jealous. I live in CT and hour from the beach. Sigh.
Thanks Kourtney! I should really get back into short story writing. I’ve been concentrating on the novel instead lately and that’s mostly just revising (over and over again). Short stories give me a chance to be more free and I’m craving that right about now. 🙂 You’re not too far away at least! Let me know whenever you’re in the area and I’ll give you a tour (with or without alpacas).
I nominated you for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Here.
Thank you! I haven’t been doing awards lately because I only post once a week but I’ll make sure to let people know about yours. Very nice of you to think of me.
I still think you blog is worthy once a week or not.
Thank you! 🙂
Hello. We both love the Cape and eating our way around it.
Your pictures are wonderful~
Thank you – it’s great to meet another ocean lover! I love how your blog is focused on saving and protecting wildlife. Hope you enjoy any virtual visits to Cape Cod too!
Love the picture of your dog on the beach… two of my favorite things! Looks like a brittany spaniel? We used to have an english springer spaniel named Sugar. She was so good with the kids when they were young. My sister had her litter mate. They are both missed now.
Thank you! It’s always fun to combine those favorite things whenever possible. :)She’s an English setter but a bit undersized. They’re high energy dogs and a lot of fun to be around. It is sad when they have to leave us after being part of the family for so long.
What a lovely about page, and the brilliant dog picture at the end really seals the deal! He looks like pure happiness, fur and all. 🙂
I love your yearbook goal to laugh through life.
Thanks so much! I love how dogs show us that joy can be found everywhere (even in the mud). That yearbook goal is one of those things I keep forgetting to do – thanks for reminding me! Maybe I’ll go find some mud. 🙂
Thank you for your recent visit and follow. When I saw your name, I thought ‘who is this Irish Sheila’? (!) Cape Cod…oooh those words go straight to my heart. I have never been there but what I have seen in movies and read about in books calls to me. 🙂
You write beautifully and I look forward to following you.
Hahah – thank you! I’ve never been to Sherkin Island but my great-grandparents were from Cork. It sounds magical there and now we can visit any time without the high cost of airfare. 🙂
I just noticed Sparks in your photo header and then I came on your About page and saw this fantastic photo – what a character!
Hi Letizia! She’ll be glad you noticed her. She’s a crazy and always shows me how exciting things like mud puddles are.
There is nothing better than traveling and reading on a beach!
Yes! Those are some of my favorite things. I love to read while watching the snow fall but lately a warm beach is sounding like a much better reading spot. 🙂
Cape Cod sounds like a wonderful place to live. Happy to meet you 🙂
Nice to meet you! Sorry I’ve been away for a while and just saw your msg. It sounds like we have a lot in common with our love for wild places and dogs.
Just discovered you via Kath Unsworth’s blog, and I’m so glad I did! I’m a fellow ocean lover and writer, and was also a Glimmertrain finalist! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog.
Nice to meet you! I love finding ocean lovers here. Short story writing is so different from novel writing – I’m looking forward to getting back into those short stories soon!
Hello, Sheila! I’m so grateful that you popped over to my blog so that I could discover yours! I absolutely love your goal for the future, as many of us (myself included) forget the necessity of a good laugh. Your art is magnificent, and I’m suddenly motivated to visit Cape Cod! Beautiful blog!
Thanks so much – and thank you for popping over! Come and visit Cape Cod any time. I grew up in Michigan near Detroit and some areas “Up North” remind me of Cape Cod. Your sand dunes are much bigger though, especially around the Sleeping Bear dunes.
Hmm a previous Michigander…I knew I liked you! 😛 Cape Cod is definitely on my bucket list, even with the smaller dunes! I used to sled down the Sleeping Bear dunes as a child, which was quite dangerous. Now though, smaller dunes sound much more appealing. For now, I’ll just read your wonderful posts and consider you my guide!
I can’t imagine sledding down Sleeping Bear dunes! You’re my new hero. Let me know whenever you’re around so I can guide you around for real.
‘The waves still carry the stories of sea captains and pirates, bootleggers and dreamers.’ I love that sentence, it’s very romantic and makes the world seem magical. I look forward to perusing your words.
Thank you! That’s how a visit to the beach usually makes me feel. Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s magic all around us but it’s there somewhere. I’m glad Letizia pointed your site out. I’m always looking for more books to add to the reading list.
I will carry on with the reviews then…I have a shed loads of half done efforts, which I left back over in WA so at the moment I am busy writing a bunch of new ones, which I hope will be an eclectic mix of genres and styles.
You make me want to go to the beach now…the closest to a body of water to me is a reservoir which seemingly has a surface one could walk upon. It is not a beautiful area.
Hi, Sheila. I’m happy to meet you and your sweet dog. 🙂
Thank you – nice to meet you! I loved your Madame Zingara story and will look forward to following along on more of your adventures.
Hi Sheila, thanks for introducing yourself by following our site, we look forward to exploring yours. You certainly live in a magical place with a long history of inspiration for writers, artists and other dreamers, so you’re in good company, which your dog seems to already know! If you’re on facebook we also invite you to visit the RAXA Collective page. See you there!
Thank you – I’ll look forward to following!
Your blog looks very inviting! Reading, writing and dreaming are also very important to me. I look forward to spending time here!
Thank you! It’s always fun to find more writers and dreamers out there.
Sheila, I really appreciate that you stopped to visit my neck of the woods. I’ve always wanted to visit Cape Cod…love marine communities and the charm of the Northeast! Looking forward to exploring your articles.
Thank you for visiting! Now you can virtually visit Cape Cod any time and I’ll hop on down to Florida to enjoy your stunning photos. I’m glad Kath mentioned you on her blog so I could find you.
Sounds like a deal to me! 🙂
I hang around Kate’s blog (4am Writer) a lot and see that we often comment a lot on the same things, so I thought I’d come on over and check out your blog and say hello.
Look forward to receiving your blog posts.
Thank you for finding me through Kate! I just took a look at your “About” page and I completely agree. It’s great to find another nature lover out there. I’ll look forward to your posts.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the like. 🙂
Thank you for visiting and following! I liked how you described those ancient stone walls and love dreaming about them.
Thank you for your kind words. Glad you liked the write. 🙂
Thank you very much for visiting my site. Your writing is very nice & interesting. I love it.
Thank you – that’s very nice of you to say. Thank you for visiting too!
Hi Sheila. It’s nice to meet you. Thanks so much for the follow! 🙂
It’s nice to meet you! I found your site through Book Club Mom and I’m looking forward to hearing about more great books!
Looking forward to reading more
Thank you – it’s nice to meet you in this crazy way! I’ll look forward to reading more about Haddonfield too.
Thank-you so much for visiting my blog and for the follow! What a surprise! I have enjoyed reading your most recent posts and will be back for more 🙂
Thanks so much! I love your photos and will look forward to visiting Suffolk more often!
Thanks for following Kyrosmagica. Nice to connect, have followed you too! 🙂
Thank you! It’s nice to meet you in this weird way. 🙂
Hi Sheila – I was sure I was already following your blog – I don’t know what happened!
That’s happened to me too – thank you for refollowing and good luck with your snow! 🙂
I am enjoying your blog for quite a while now and it is long overdue that I tell you how much I adore this cute picture of your dog! So fantastic now I need to go and cuddle someone:)
Thank you! I’m happy to hear she inspired some cuddling!
Hey, there:) Thank you so much for following – it made me very happy:)