Monday, September 23

My Real-Life Experience in Tsunami Crimes / Vlog


Welcome to a TSUNAMI edition of my vlog here on Write with Fey!

I hope you have floaties. HA-HA!

In the first video, I share an experience that I had on the beach when I was a kid that I wrote into Tsunami Crimes.

In the second video, I talk about the tsunami dreams that plague me and how they helped me with my story.

Enjoy!


My Real-Life Experience in Tsunami Crimes

Length: 7:03




My Tsunami Dreams

Length: 12:11



Total Length for Both Videos: 19:24

Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on the videos on YouTube. To go to each video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

QUESTIONS: Have you had a scary experience at the beach? Have you ever had a tsunami (or other natural disaster) dream?


Thanks for watching!

37 comments:

  1. Rogue waves happen at the beaches here and I know someone who was killed by one. You were very lucky.

    In Oregon, it's not the wave, it's the undertow. It will pull you out a very long ways, underwater, and yes it kills people every year.

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    1. It was really scary. I don't really go into the ocean anymore. Only up to my knees.

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  2. One more reason not to go into the ocean. (First is sharks, of course.)

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  3. To me the beach is a "Have" where I can relax. I don't like ordinary thunderstorms let alone a natural disaster. Hope all is well.

    Yvonne.

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    1. In real life, I don't like natural disasters, either.

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  4. About 10-15 years ago I had an unnerving incident swimming. Hubby and I were with the beach with some friends and we had waded/swam out. When we went to go back in, the tide had come in some and so the bit we had to swim was longer. I'm not a good swimmer and I started running out of energy and had to ask someone with us if I could hitch a ride with him until my feet could touch the ground. I told hubby about it and he said while he was swimming back, he was able to touch the ground just as he was running out of steam. It was a bit scary to think of what might have happened if I had been alone.

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  5. I never experienced a rogue wave so I am lucky. What you went through is scary and, I can see, still quite emotional which I can understand. I have experienced being taken out by some undertow but that was in Lake Erie and i wasn't underwater just felt the pull so i went with it. My aunt was scared but I had no idea. I dream of tidal waves and large waves coming down onto me or towards me. i am usually with my friend who has experienced undertows and rogue waves whilst in the ocean. I read that dreaming about this is about emotions

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    1. I've looked up meanings to my tsunami dreams as well, and it all is about the emotions you're feeling.

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  6. I have to admit having dream experiences do help and you've given such precise descriptions of clinging onto the rock and running into the building. I guess we know more now, the sea withdrawing is a sure tsunami warning. Readers love reading about near escapes, you had a close shave thats for sure!

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    1. Many of my story ideas (and even some scenes) come from my dreams :)

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  7. You're very lucky! I love to swim in the ocean, but avoid rocks and objects near the beach. I'll see people swimming near piers and girders and I'll wonder if they realize how dangerous it is, because of those rogue waves (and sharks). I prefer a sandy beach where if there is a rogue monster of a wave that I can't dive into (diving into and under the wave so you can get behind it always works best for me) the wave, I'll go with it and let it roll me to shore. You eat a lot of sand and get scraped up, but it beats a broken neck. My mother broke her leg getting caught in a breaker. She had her foot buried in the sand and couldn't roll away.

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    1. Diving under the wave is smart. I can't swim, though, and I'd be too scared to do that.

      Yikes for your mom and her leg! Waves can be treacherous!

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  8. i love the personal experiences you add to your stories and the research you do. the storms come across as very realistic and frightening. i enjoyed your vlogs. a lot of people don't understand how dangerous water can be and i do love spending a lot of time in it or on it. a tsunami...might as well say your prayers. being able to swim probably won't save you.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I'm thrilled my storms and such come across as real. I can't help but not include my own experiences to these stories.

      And, nope...being able to swim wouldn't help you in a tsunami.

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  9. That must have been so scary to get swept up in that wave! At least the experience ended up being useful!

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  10. That explains a lot about your interest in natural disasters. I've never had anything close to that happen.

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  11. I'm pretty sure I pulled my sister up out of the water when she was having trouble getting her head above the water. I'm not a strong swimmer and don't go far out in the ocean.

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    1. Good for you for pulling up your sister, especially not being a strong swimmer!

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  12. Considering how close I live to a beach, it's pretty amazing how often I don't go. No, nothing terribly interesting has happened to me there.

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    1. I live in Florida, and I haven't gone to the beach...umm...in a couple of years. HAHAHA

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  13. I was nine when we moved down to the coast. That summer (we moved in August, just before school began)<, I had a series of dreams about Tsunamis and jellyfish.

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    1. Maybe moving to the coast prompted those dreams...

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  14. Hi Chrys - I must have read about the Krakatoa volcano eruption and resulting tsunami wave - and dreamt about a small one coming into the Cornish tidal estuary - that my step-grandfather apparently used to swim ... it stays with me. I appreciate the sea - and its undertow ... I am not a strong swimmer.

    I also know someone who was paralysed badly while surfing off east Australia as there are underwater dunes and diving into the water can 'hit' rather more quickly than apparent - very sad for him ... he was in his early 20s.

    All the best - Hilary

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    1. Oh, yes, there's a lot under the water that someone, especially a surfer, can hit and get resulting injuries from.

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  15. And this is why I'm not a beach person! Or it could be that I burn in less than 5 minutes out in the sun. *LOL* The only nightmares I've ever had, though, have been about drowning. I can swim, but that won't help in those scary situations!

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  16. What s terrifying experience! Thank goodness you were okay! This reminds me of when I almost drowned in day camp. I was bobbing up and down in the pool and the counselors thought I was joking. Finally, a fellow camper came to my rescue.

    Great book cover!

    Julie

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    1. Oh, my gosh! And that's what the counselors are there for!

      Thank you!

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  17. Hi Chrys, yes I was body surfing and got head slammed in shallow water. That was the last time I body surfed.

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  18. Workshops can be intense - I've both attended and taught them. But so long as you get something positive out of it, it's worth it :)

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