by Donna Amis Davis / @DonnaAmisDavis
Today I thought it would be fun to post some pictures of possible cover ideas for the fiction book I’m *not really* writing. I mean, I’m ‘writing’ it, as in I’ve started writing it. But *not really* because of Real Life. But I still like to think about it – so here are some pictures taken right here on Palawan of boats heading out to small islands.

This one features my youngest daughter, Bethy, who really is a star! She lights up her world wherever she goes. She works in her Real Life for Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles. And sometimes she comes over here to the Philippines to visit us.

Enroute to a Small Island in the Sulu Sea

Palawan outrigger boats play some key roles in the plot of my novel, so I thought you might like to see what they look like. My working title is By the Sulu Sea, which is where these pictures, above and below, were taken.

Outrigger Boat in Sulu Sea

How do you like to go out in a boat,

Out in the sea so blue?

Oh, I do think it’s the pleasantest thing

Ever a girl could do!

Apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson for cannibalizing a favorite childhood poem of mine, The Swing. Replace ‘up in a swing’ for ‘out in a boat’ and replace ‘air’ for ‘sea’ and ‘child’ for ‘girl’ and there you have the first stanza of Stevenson’s poem. I have to say, I really do love to go out on a boat in the Philippines.

What about you? Have you been boating in the Philippines? Did you love it, too? Or are you planning a trip? Do you remember those poems?

Boat on Nagtabon Beach

And while I’m asking, would you pick up a book to read that had one of these boats on the cover, heading to a little island?

Nagtabon Beach