I Choose to Live by Island Time - Jo-Ann Carson

I Choose to Live by Island Time

This is my kick-off post in a Wednesday series on my blog, called “Island Time.” Let me explain.

What is Island Time?

According to the Urban Dictionary, Island Time is, “… created by the ocean’s presence. Similar to stoner’s time, everything moves nice and slow.” Other Internet references claim it’s a derogatory term used to describe the slowness of islanders. They don’t get it.

People who complain about Island Time have never lived on an island or got to know a real islander.

Island time is as real as the sunrise. When you live on an island, truly live on it, and not just visit it, you are part of a culture ruled by your geography. Tides, weather and seasons matter more than they do elsewhere. Other things matter less. Think about it. A rigid agenda is meaningless if you can’t get on or off the island.

Things happen less on islands and evolve more. The relationship between time and place becomes apparent. If the boat comes in late, everything will happen later. If the weather stops the boat, the island community adjusts. One becomes more aware of, and in a sense more a part of, the world. Some would say the universe. It’s an experience of developing an attitude of flowing with what’s happening around you.

Experiencing Island Time is refreshing. Living Island Time is plain awesome.

My Island Experience

I’ve lived on islands for over forty years. For thirteen wonderful years I lived on the Haida Gwaii, often referred to as the northern Galapagos, an archipelago of islands off the northwest coast of Canada, filled with untouched wilderness, I moved from there to Gabriola Island, often referred to as The Isle of the Arts, the most northern Gulf Island in Canada. Fairly recently we moved to Vancouver Island. All the islands I’ve lived on are unique, but they have similarities too, such as strong characters, unbelievable scenery and Island Time.

So why am I writing about Island Time?

I’m a writer and my characters are shaped by their setting. In my present series (The Perfect Brew, a witch cozy) as well as my last two series (i.e., A Ghost & Abby Mysteries, and The Gambling Ghosts) the setting is on islands in the Pacific Northwest. Mist and storms rolling in off the Pacific play a big role in the lives of my people. Rugged mountains in the distance, waterfalls, clear streams and giant conifers provide a wonderful backdrop for the plots. The character’s lives are shaped by Island Time.

My Island Time Blog Post Series

In my blog series, I’ll be talking about Island life. I think I’ll start with the whales. I like whales. Stay tuned.


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6 Replies to “I Choose to Live by Island Time”

    1. Hi Susan,
      Interesting is a good word for it. Sometimes it’s perfect and other time’s it’s darn frustrating. Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting.
      Warmest Regards,
      Jo-Ann

  1. Lovely blog post, Jo-Ann. I especially liked your line that things happen less on islands but evolve more. I’m a native Islander, though I lived elsewhere for a number of years. Returning was a true homecoming for me. Island life is in my blood.

    1. Hi Laura,
      You say it well. Island life becomes a part of you. What is the saying? You can leave the island, but the island never leaves you. Welcome home.
      Thanks for stopping by and chatting.
      Warmest Regards,
      Jo-Ann

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