Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Great Summer Mystery: How to Open a Clam

by: Kathleen Pickering  http://www.kathleenpickering.com

It’s my turn to blog today. Unfortunately, I’m away on vacation this week (and last week) and have been ensconced on a boat along the Fire Island seashore.

sailors haven

Hence, my writing only has been to keep on deadline. Otherwise, I’ve had my feet in the sand, been body surfing and learning one of the great mysteries of the Great South Bay: How to open a clam.

Snapshot 1 (7-16-2012 2-33 PM)

Click here to view the video:

How To Open A Great South Bay Clam

Afterwards, I’ve been sitting back and enjoying glorious summer sunsets like these:


sunset-sailors haven

In my writing vocabulary, times away like these are called Percolating—or giving the mind time to rest and let new ideas work their way to the surface.

See? Even when on vacation, the writer is always working. I guess somebody has to do it!

Hope you enjoy the clam shucking video. Feel free to post any questions pertaining to this particular quahog—or how to find this free lunch!

Write on, my friends.

xox, Piks

(Next post will be relevant. I promise!)


  1. This post WAS relevant, Kathleen. Writing is like shucking a clam. You gotta pry your mind open to get to the meat and the pearl of the story within.

    Enjoy your vacation!

  2. I agree with Joe. And don't forget it's a good way to build up your mussels.

  3. Great post. Reminds me of my clam digs in Alaska. After cleaning those whoppers (and imbibing in our fair share of libations), we'd play "clam puppets." Totally gross, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Cheers!

    1. Joe H-- I was thinking the same analogy! You are so right!

      Joe M-- funny man!!

      Jordan--- clam puppets!! A great game. Gives new meaning to playing with your food!

  4. That's funny Jordan, me and my kids do the same thing with Salmon heads when dipnetting.

    Have fun Lady K.!

  5. Ah the writers life....I should really clam up... just mussel me.

  6. You know, now that I think about it, someone in this group spends an awful lot of time on vacation. Just sayin'.

  7. I knew you'd have an AK story, Basil. Salmon heads. I can TOTALLY see it.

  8. Marcia! LOL! So nice to see one of my favorite authors here! No clamming up w/ you, girl! Xox

    Joe--- yeah? So????? Didn't you know that laptops are mobile? I guess this author needs to percolate a lot! See you soon. :)

    Basil/Jordan--- salmon heads??? You know there are some things that folks just should not admit... Just sayin'. Lol!