Going sailing tipped the first domino in Christie Gorsline‘s writing career. Now, with the help of a muse at Colonyhouse, her first book will be published this fall by Inkwater Press. Plotting a New Course: Empty Nest to Life Vestis a travel memoir. Faced with job dissatisfaction and children heading to college, Christie and husband Rick grabbed their confusion and shaped it into a vision: they would sail around the world. The first wrinkle was they had no experience sailing and didn’t own a boat. Through images and metaphors recorded in journals during six years at sea, an old way of life unravels and a new tapestry is woven. A segment of the manuscript won first place for non-fiction in the 2009 Willamette Writers Kay Snow Contest. Chapters from the book have appeared in Living Aboard magazine and on National Public Radio.