Welcome to the Great Affair!

My name is Candace, I’m a writer and sketch artist, and I’m really glad you stopped by. Have a look around, and then drop me a line at [email protected] Thank you for reading!

travel sketch of the month: march edition.

travel sketch of the month: march edition.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013

It was to this view I returned on Sunday afternoon. With the Tibetans’ chants still ringing in my ears (What we want? We want freedom!), I sat down on the ledge, opened up my sketchbook, and turned to the valley below me for inspiration.

meet my travel memoir: the only courage.

meet my travel memoir: the only courage.

Posted on Mar 7, 2013

One month ago, I was overwhelmed with everything I didn’t have in place with my book; now, I am leaving Goa not just with a completed book proposal, but also with a clear sense of direction.

a do-it-yourself writing retreat: or, how to live on a beach in India for $314 a month.

a do-it-yourself writing retreat: or, how to live on a beach in India for $314 a month.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013

Last week I realized what exactly these last four weeks have been for me – a kind of do-it-yourself writing retreat. I didn’t need to wait for an official fellowship; all it took was me carving out the time to come to Goa and get to work.

dharamsala or bust: on the wonder of ‘what if?’

dharamsala or bust: on the wonder of ‘what if?’

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

What if – there were those two words again, the harbingers of regret. Because as much as I love my home here in Goa, I also knew that three months from now, I didn’t want to be asking myself – what if I’d gone with them to Dharamsala?

Grateful in Goa: Or, the greatest gift we can give ourselves.

Grateful in Goa: Or, the greatest gift we can give ourselves.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013

And usually it’s right then – as my face is turned to the sun and my arms and legs are moving in great big circles through the Arabian Sea – that it hits me, every day: This is my life.

travel sketch of the month: february edition.

travel sketch of the month: february edition.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013

One of my favorite restaurants here in Goa is called Magic View, and no matter if you’re sat in the front section looking towards Patnem Beach or at a few tables out back overlooking Colomb Bay, the view is indeed, well, magic.

a place to hang my beach towel: at home in goa.

a place to hang my beach towel: at home in goa.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013

“Let’s take you home,” Hannah said, and I swear to you, I could’ve cried. And after an hour of unpacking and setting out knick-knacks, I did cry, just a little, and they were all tears of big, huge, inexpressible joy.

bombay in bloom: inside mumbai’s dadar flower market.

bombay in bloom: inside mumbai’s dadar flower market.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013

It’s in the covered portion of the market that it hits me, what exactly I find so intoxicating about this place. Yes, the fragrance of jasmine and rose blossoms no doubt has something to do with it, but it’s this, too: These are the colors of India.

Consider the pigeon: Notes on taking flight.

Consider the pigeon: Notes on taking flight.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013

Pigeons aren’t supposed to be beautiful, I tell myself. And yet I see it everywhere I look – in the outline of their wings, in their iridescent neck feathers, in the wind brushing my face which isn’t wind at all but the result of a hundred birds moving the air at the same time.

mumbai magic: happy new year from bombay!

mumbai magic: happy new year from bombay!

Posted on Jan 7, 2013

I fell in love with this city last year; back on the streets of Bombay for a second time, I’m just as in awe of the possibilities they hold. Mumbai, as it always seems to, has worked its magic yet again.