Feb, 2006. For the past five months I have been living in a car at the edge of woods — jobless and homeless and totally unable to find a way out. I can't sing, I can't dance, I can't scream loudly enough, but I can read and write. So here I am laying down tracks...hopefully the start of an online paper trail out of here. (Update: Miracles happen....if you are reading my story I am part of your proof.)

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Skye High

I had an almost perfect Christmas — up on the Isle of Skye. My head is full of postcard-perfect images that I hope never fade.

I've never been to Skye before. I'd nearly been. I once went across to the island of Barra — many years ago, landing with only 3 other passengers in a tiny, 12-seater British Airways plane directly onto their long, white, cockle beach, which doubles as the runway — and island-hopping on the way home down the freezing necklace of islands that make up the Outer Hebrides — uninterested in them mostly, ticking them off, reading Louis MacNeice and dreaming of getting to Skye and of home. But I never had time to stop off there in the end. And it's a place I've wondered about ever since...So I am so glad I got the chance to go. Skye is in a world of its own, definitely worth making time for.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

In the words of the Mexican emailer I mentioned in the last post ...I splash all your New Years with blessings.


At 2:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi anya, i have just finished reading your book, took me 2 days in all because i could not put it down! it made me laugh, cry, and almost made me depressed as i thought of how you must have felt through those terrible years. i was so glad to read that you are now doing well and have broken through the depression and have been able to make a new life for yourself. i wish you all the luck and happiness in the world because as far as im concerned you 100% deserve it. good luck with everything and have a great new year xoxo

At 5:02 pm, Anonymous aninhas said...

Hello! I´m from Portugal. I read your book and i liked! It was a gift on christmas. If my write is a wrong it´s because I´m a student nine grade. Before I read your book everitime i was compline of my life but after this I realize my life is better that some people. And now I try to help friends tht have more problems than me. thanks

At 5:52 pm, Anonymous Lorraine said...

Hi Anya sounds lovely. With love for the New Year and all your New Years to come,your life is now truly splashed with blessings Lots of our blessings,a truly remarkable person. With love Lorraine

At 1:34 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an inspiration to many, im so very happy you have found your voice. Sending you much love and positive energy from sunny Australia. More Love. Nikki

At 5:05 pm, Blogger Circe said...

I do not speak or write in English, but I wish in Castilian, Mexican women like to wish you happy new year 2009 and daaarte thanks for being my motivation and enthusiasm for the year 2008

Por supuesto, los milagros existen!!.
saludos desde chihuahua mexico

At 9:37 pm, Blogger Kinderfalls Primitives said...

Glad you had a good Christmas. Hope you have an equally good New Year.

At 6:30 am, Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Happy New Year, my friend!

May you be blessed with much happiness and many joys in 2009!

May the world be blessed with Peace & Justice in 2009!

At 12:36 am, Anonymous Alex said...

Hi Anya, i got your book passed on to me from my nan yesterday, as soon as i started reading there was no way i was going to put it down and finished that night. You are so strong, brave and and a inspiration. A truly remarkable book written from the soul. I was so glad to read you are getting on with your life, and came to read your blog which is even better that your doing well. Keep going strong, I know all these people here help bring encouaragement, I wish you every sucess happiness and love for the rest of your life.

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.

Lots of love and hugs
xxx xxx xxx

At 11:01 pm, Blogger Bippie said...

A very Merry Christmas and happy new year to you!
I hope 2009 brings you many more opportunities and happiness. :)

At 9:32 am, Anonymous yiamunaa said...

hi anya, happy (belated) new year. may your life be blessed with peace and joy. you make me believe in miracles!


At 10:23 pm, Anonymous kim said...

hey there anya
i want to thank you ,
i just finshed your book i cried at the end knowing that you got out at the other said of hell was great to read
you are a very brave and stong person, i know that i for one couldnt do wat u did i am telling all my friends to read you book

thanks for your help

At 2:05 am, Blogger Jade_Aus_88 said...


I suppose this is a surreal feeling, having strangers from all corners of the globe contacting you. I am a 20 year old female, living in Australia.

I'm sorry, but I had to. Become one of the majority, who in a bizzare way, somehow, feel emotionally attached you.

I got your book for christmas, I had asked for it. But I wasn't in anyway prepared for the emotional rollercoaster it soon took me on. I took your book with me everyday to read on my hour and half long bus ride home from work. Everyday I would complete chapter after chapter, as I would be trying to disguse the tears that were streaming down my face. A childhood taken, a life torn into pieces yet your strength is empowering.

I can't imagine what is would be like to live in fear everyday, to not be blessed with simple things like playing with your friends.

I cant relate to your story, but it has brought me back to reality and helped me understand, that no matter how hard times can get, to not give in and keep fighting.

You are an absolute inspiration to woman, men and children everywhere!

It just proves that, It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

At 6:25 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anya
Like many people who have sent you messages i have just finished reading your book. Even now i cannot begin to understand how alone & alienated you must have felt,i am so glad things are looking up for you and truely hope you find happiness and love. The determination you have shown leaves me with no doubt that you will make a success of your life.
sending you lots of hugs from Australia.

At 6:41 am, Blogger Pratik Rimal said...

Hi Anya, I like your book. It's good that you've got your way out of the dark...after all, hope shines brightest in the darkest of times. :-)

Warm regads,

Pratik Rimal

At 10:01 pm, Anonymous Rita said...

Hi Anya. I am from Portugal. My mother and read your book five days ago. I understand how do you feel in his book. I hope you be fine. my mother and I would like to you write another book to explain your life now...

be fine

At 4:22 am, Blogger Fida Ruzki said...

Hi Anya.
How's life been treating you of late? I hope you are fine.

Happy New Year and I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

At 3:41 pm, Anonymous Ana said...

My name is Ana I am 32 years Old and i am from the island of Pico, the Azores / Portugal.
I finish just now to read your book, which took 3 days because I could not stop reading.
I do not know whether to see me in some of the situations or to find out if it had been good.
I want to know if all is well with you because you wrote in your blog only until 30 December.
All the best for you Kiss Ana

At 11:04 pm, Anonymous Rita said...

My name is Rita I am from portugal and I have 16 years old.
I just wanna say that you are an inspiration for me .
Sorry for my bad english
kiss god bless you

At 7:28 pm, Blogger Louise said...

Hi Anya,
got your book for xmas. Took it on holiday to mexico and could not put it down. Hope your life keeps getting better. All the best for the future.

At 8:56 pm, Anonymous Diana said...


first, i know my english is very, very bad, but i'm prtuguese (from Portugal), so.... :)

i just read your book (a christmas gift), and i love it! i read all book in one night, i just can't stop... the story is so intense and i just wanted know how it ends! and i am so glad that ends just well...

i realy wanted to say more, but i can't... my english don't let me... :P

good luck and kiss from Portugal

At 7:25 pm, Blogger gonças said...

Hi, I read your book about 3 months but only now I could come here. I have an English project so I decided to read your blog.

I really liked your book. It was wonderful,but sad but I liked it.

I think you inspire other people to talk about themselves even if they were bad experiences.

Bye have a great day

At 6:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Anya, I finished reading your book today. I read it in a few days (the fastest I read a book in years) because I couldn't put it down. I had so many emotions while reading it, shock, anger, disgust, sadness & even depression. You are one of the bravest people I ever come across, an inspiration to all homeless people & those suffering abuse. I hope you have found happiness because you deserve it! You are a true survivor.

Jillian - Ireland

At 6:02 pm, Blogger debbie said...

heya ayna am so proud of u. i have just finshed reading ur book. and i cant belive what you have went through. ur 1 in a million for surving this welldone anya.xxxxx debbie belfast

At 1:18 am, Blogger Butterfly said...

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go, some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same." This quote was given to me by my 'butterfly'. Similar circumstances have made me who I am today and I am proud of who I have become. Don't ever lose sight of how important Anya is. Thank you.

At 10:52 pm, Blogger leanne said...

hi Anya, read ur book.Couldn't put it down. I really felt the sadness u endured. U can never forget ur past but use it to make yourself a stronger women for ur future.Good luck with everything. Stay positive! Thinking of you. Love Leanne from down under Australia xx


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