September 26, 2016

Island Time: I Don’t Know What It Is But It’s Awesome

Aloha, You Dumb Tourist - Jacob Grant Photography

My island car, a 2012 Ford Fiesta, affectionately named The Lime Squeeze.

I think my wife and I were destined to be “islanders” the day we decided to honeymoon on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie and we got our first taste of “island time.”

Actually, we wanted to hit up the roller coaster capital of the world in Sandusky, Ohio, but then someone told us about Kelleys Island, which is just a short ferry ride north. So on our honeymoon we rode roller coasters and spent a lot of time basking in the sun in a little island community.

To my surprise I loved it!

Island time is defined differently depending on who you ask. Some say it simply means a time later than what the clock says. Others say it has to do with an unwillingness to conform to the norms and structure of modern culture.


Kelleys Island Brewery, Lake Erie, Ohio

Dani and I enjoying some island drinks at Kelleys Island Brewery on Lake Erie, Ohio.


But it’s more than that.

Kite surfing in Maui, HawaiiIsland time encompasses a way of life in relation to the attitude you have about the world and the people around you. It’s no coincidence that islanders have far fewer worldly possessions and are happier, feeling more fulfilled with a love for life and experiences. They’re enriched by enjoying every moment that passes. Not concerned about the mistakes of yesterday. Not worried about tomorrow, but fully involved in today. THAT’S island time.

When Danielle and I vacationed in Maui, HI, last January we fell in love with the place. It was like coming home, a feeling I never felt before.


The Twin Falls, Maui, Hawaii

The Twin Falls in Maui, Hawai’i.


Even before that, however, we were feeling called to a simpler life. We sold our house. We started downsizing our possessions. And once we got a taste of Hawai’i we slowly began the long process of moving there. Right now we hope that by January we’ll officially be “islanders.”

What does this mean for my writing career? I’m hopeful that nothing will change. I’ve been writing since I was 14. Had my first novel published when I was 18. I’ve authored two other books and edited, illustrated, and designed countless others.

With my fingers fully embedded into my new fantasy series Children of the Falls, I’m in for the long haul. I look forward to completing this series while sitting on the beach, enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean, pretty girls, and pina coladas.


Maui as seen from Kihei



Living on Island Time in Hawaii


Maui, Hawai’i, Kelleys Island, Island Life,

Island Time, Jacob Grant Photography

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Jacob and Danielle share a kiss atop Maui's famous volcano, Mount Haleakala.


My wife and I made a parody rap video in 2013 that landed us on national TV! We got an all-expenses paid trip to New York City and a spot on Katie Couric's daytime talk show where we won $594. The video at right is a short excerpt of our appearance on Katie's show.

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