Christine, Isabel and I sat down with author Polly Holyoke to discuss her favorite adventures. Her book The Neptune Project is out in paperback this week, and we're big fans!
Guest post by Polly Holyoke
Author of The Neptune Project
Her book The Neptune Project came out last year, and it's out in paperback this week!
I suppose, though, for a suburban mom and children’s author living in Dallas, Texas, I have had some interesting times. So here’s my list of five fun and not so fun adventures I’ve had over the years.
So my dad talked me and my high school friends into trekking up into the snowy backcountry with him on cross country skis and snow shoes. When we reached his construction site, we’d spend a couple of hours stamping down snow. He’d treat us to a fine picnic lunch, and the next weekend, after the snow had set, we’d help him build igloos and then stay overnight in them. They were always quite snug and surprisingly warm!
There I tied a loose tourniquet above the bite with a bandana. My friends hailed a speedboat to transport me to the National Park clinic ASAP. They didn’t have any anti-venom there, though, and my symptoms were serious enough I was eventually airlifted to a hospital in Grand Junction. Two shots of fabulous anti-venom later, I was feeling much better. I still regret scaring my family and friends. I do get plenty of mileage out of this story on school visits. Even if eighth grade boys aren’t too interested in telepathic dolphins, they sit up and take notice when I start talking about the time I was bitten by a rattlesnake.
On one of my last scuba diving trips in Hawaii, I did have an unpleasant adventure in a lava tube. Lava tubes, essentially long, round caves on the ocean floor, can be fairly tight. Because I was following the diver in front of me too closely, when he stopped suddenly, he kicked off my dive mask. It’s always a little unsettling having to clear a mask and get it back on, and it was more unsettling doing that inside a close, dark lava tube. Then, when I went to swim out of the tube through a small opening, I ran into strong surge or current which shoved me back into the tube. I had to try several times before I finally got out, and by then my heart was racing. That’s when I decided I was definitely not going to dive in any more lava tubes.
There was something just so primeval about watching brand new rock forming and so much steam billowing up from the boiling sea. Our captain piloted the boat uncomfortably close to the lava, and the waves on the Big Island are huge. So my hubby and I kept praying that the engines were in good shape. Neither one of us wanted the boat to founder on a molten lava bench where we’d be pounded by boiling hot salt water!
In honor of Polly, we're giving away three copies of The Neptune Project in paperback! Enter below!
Synopsis of The Neptune Project:
But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive.
Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.