Writings By Rosemary

In the summer of 2015, I packed a suitcase and a box of books and my Mexican feline, Gatita, into the Hook Jeep and began what I believed to be a writing sabbatical . . . on the U.S. highways. I was not a travel writer nor even a temporary blogger but simply a woman with a broken heart.

Starting from Austin, our first landing spot was the barrier islands of the Outer Banks and the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean. From the East Coast, Gatita and I swung over to the Great Lakes and my snowed-in home state of Michigan, before continuing our journey to meet the tipied Lakota on the mysterious plains and sacred mountains of South Dakota and Montana.

After the Badlands and Yellowstone, I drove us across the Mojave and into the Central Coast of California, until we reached the sought-after Pacific Ocean and my reckoning on the sands of Miramar Beach.

Following the West Coast, we canvassed the breathtaking Grand Canyon then into New Mexico and O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch and the mystic springs of Ojo Caliente.

Gatita and I eventually crossed over the Texas state line and our final drive home to Austin. And here I sit today writing to you for me and my future.

To those who've been keeping up with this blog, Thank You! If you are reading for the first time, Welcome . . .

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In the Spring of 2012, I launched @HooksDownUnder to chronicle a year-long adventure to Australia with my husband "Hook." A month before our flight was scheduled to leave, we received a phone call with an unexpected diagnosis-- pancreatic cancer --and shifted from planning a life overseas to planning to save Hook's life.

On a Tuesday in September of 2013, Hook broke away from Homo sapien living and took flight on the wings of a wasp to another place and time. Again and again, I have imagined for him an adventure ripe with lush rainforest and quirky insects, and all those treasures of nature he adored so much.

In my husband's honor and perhaps even in my own, I continued to blog -- throughout his illness, his dying, and after his death. Although I'd meant to share adventures of kangaroos and the Outback, life changed and with it this blog's purpose.

In the Fall of 2014, I made a month-long trek to Australia with Allan in my backpack instead of by my side; and I closed finally the circle on that journey for both of us.

In 2015, I changed @HooksDownUnder to @WritingsByRosemary, shifting my writing from overwhelming loss to starting over. Throughout my grief, I continued then and today to raise funds for the Dr. Allan W. Hook Endowed Wild Basin Creative Research Fund, while keeping alive Hook's legacy -- the four species of insects he discovered which bear his name:

- Solerella hooki (wasp)
- Pseudopolis hooki (wasp)
- Nemomydas hooki (fly)
- Perdita hooki (bee; posthumously)

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As I drove around the United States with Gatita the cat as my companion, I carved out a new life through writing, using this as my motivation and my healing. And, I continue to create with a specific purpose: to complete my first fiction manuscript, "In the Land of Oz," about loss, life, and the surprises we learn in between.

Send good juju my way ... and Thank You again for reading.

Rosemary Guzman Hook
Steward of the Hook Wild Basin Fund

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