Saturday is writing day and other blether

Saturday, writing day, two of them if I don't do anything else tomorrow, well, two mornings at least. No need for an early start unless I want to, no need to do anything unless I want to, apart from go to work of course, no day off there until the end of October, but hey ho! [caption id="attachment_12663" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos All that money and still can't find a door.[/caption] So, what to write? Work on draft two of the next book, start work on another while I let that sit and simmer and then come back to it, have ideas for something completely new and start plotting and planning, or make up a list of agents to approach later in the year? Who knows, it’s not time to deicide yet, but I have (yesterday) started on draft two of Lonely House. It’s a case of rereading it on screen and checking with my notes in the file page by page, making more notes of things to double check and then having to go back over them to ensure I have tied up ends, made things make sense and all that, while learning all about shotguns (thanks Dave!) and other nasty things. Who said writing was easy? Not me. [caption id="attachment_12664" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Horio, Symi[/caption] Next week, so far, looks like it is going to be a quiet one for me, with nothing in the diary apart from one piano playing session and possibly a visit to the Symi Shrimp Festival on Saturday, next Saturday, when August starts. We’ve not had any water in this last week though the pipe has been open ready for it, so am unable to do much with the garden. I think it is the first week ever that we have not been able to take any water in, though there was a gurgle the other day, that was more like the pipes having indigestion than actually producing any flow. Fingers crossed we get some this week. Mind you, at least the village power hasn’t blown up like it did a week or so ago. Too many people luxuriating in their air conditioning while running needless showers I expect. [caption id="attachment_12665" align="alignleft" width="200"]Symi Greece photos June grass[/caption] Anyway, enough blether as they say in some parts of the world. I’ll leave you to enjoy your weekend and will head off to make a coffee (decaf) and then head back to the desk to decide what to do.
Saturday, July 26th, 2014 No Comments
Categorized Under: Day to day

Of course I meant Rhodes to Symi day trip…

First: The verdict is in. Neil finished reading the last draft of Lonely House last night and sent a text from the steps outside the shop, where he had been reading it: “Yes. V good. I loved it.” So that’s OK then. [caption id="attachment_12657" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece Simi A little cloud about yesterday. Soon went.[/caption] I will now set about corrections and developing some aspects in draft two and making sure the ‘lore’ of the story is consistent, if not logical. Also need to check out some details about shotguns, as I have never handled one. Any experts out there? Oh, I know, I will ask my old school friend who is a farmer, he might know, I am sure we used to wander around fields with one cracked over his arm when we were teenagers. In those wonderful days before Health and Safety along with sue-you-Jimmy ruled the world. Do they have safety catches? Do cartridges fire bullets or only shot? (Can cartridges be called bullets?) I guess they are heavy, can you get single barrel ones? What happens if you saw one off? Best get researching. [caption id="attachment_12658" align="alignright" width="300"]Symi Greece Simi Much goat activity on the hills at 6.00[/caption] And while draft two of that is pottering along aiming for my end of September deadline, I have an idea to turn what was an idea for a film into a book. That’s basically what I have done with Lonely House, but this other idea is more complicated. LH has one location and only six characters, but this other idea is more in depth and a bit like The Wicker Man meets Dr Syn on Romney Marsh with a bit of Edmund White (if only I could write like him) or Felice Picano more like (and ditto) thrown in. It’s called ‘The Saddling’ and I've probably talked about it before. [caption id="attachment_12659" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece Simi Da-da! (Dada, and grand-dada, and a little Dadaesque perhaps.)[/caption] Meanwhile, while all that is going on, we’re still up and about for early walks and swims. We walked up to ‘To Vrisi’ yesterday morning, a three mile round trip, leaving the house before it was too light, which feels very odd, but as I said before, the sun is up so quickly that when it does get up it’s too hot for too much almost straight away. Neil has his photo walk on Sunday with a few people booked on already, so that could be a good time to go if you are on Symi, and if you are on Symi then there is the classical guitar recital on Saturday night. See the poster for full details. [caption id="attachment_12660" align="alignright" width="211"]Symi Greece Simi Click for full sized poster[/caption] And by the way, thank you to everyone who noticed yesterday’s deliberate mistake when I was talking about going on a day trip from Symi to Rhodes and then walking around the harbour to get the taxi or bus to Horio. Of course I meant to say a day trip from Rhodes to Tilos… I mean, Symi. You know what I mean and meant. I just wanted to see how many of you were awake. Quite a few it seems. And today’s deliberate mistake is…? (Probably not deliberate, and probably more than one! I do tend to rattle these inconsequences off rather quickly.) Have a nice day!
Friday, July 25th, 2014 No Comments
Categorized Under: Day to day

Rhodes to Symi day trip? Visit Horio, old Symi; here’s how:

First: Thank you for the news reviews of The Judas Inheritance at Amazon. Apparently you can only add a review there if you have bought the book from Amazon, so if you bought it elsewhere ( or our shop) then you won’t be able to write an Amazon review. But you could still put one on your blog, or anywhere else, or Facebook if you use it, Twitter and so on, or simply email me (thank you Colette) so I can keep those for future quoting. [caption id="attachment_12649" align="alignleft" width="225"]Symi Greece photos Early morning swim[/caption] “I thought the Judas Inheritance was brilliant and I read the last few chapters during a very loud thunder and lightning storm at 4 am!!!! Scary.” There you go, that’s a recently emailed quote. And thank you Tracy (and everyone else) for the ones at Amazon. But enough about me, let’s talk about something else. Like… Er, what’s going on in Symi these days and how is the season? It’s quiet. Especially up in the village. There, that's that covered. [caption id="attachment_12650" align="alignright" width="225"]Symi Greece photos As idle as a painted ship...[/caption] Nikos from the new spices shop, Lemoni, has taken around a petition calling for the council to put up more signage directing folk up to Horio. This was one of our pre-election issues and it was discussed, and has been for a while. It’s a walk up 300 or so steps and some people manage it, and more would if they could find the start of the steps more easily. Or if they knew that there was a bus; you can get a bus up and then walk down the steps; that won't hurt you. Here’s what you do if you are on a day trip from Rhodes to Symi. You get off the boat and leave the herd to fend for itself. You find the busses and taxis on the left side of the harbour as you come in, opposite the clock tower, and that’s the side where the Kali Strata also starts. The bus leaves on the hour and goes up the hill and then stops (sometimes) by the windmills. It then goes down the other side and turns right, winds around a bit and stops by a kiosk. Ask the driver for Horio and he will tell you when you are there. Taxis will also stop there if you ask them to take you to Kampos. [caption id="attachment_12651" align="alignleft" width="300"]Symi Greece photos Upon a painted ocean.[/caption] Off the bus, walk up the slope towards the café with the terrace, at the T junction turn left for the lanes and upper Horio and (currently closed but now has new windows in) museum, or turn right for the main street with its shops and cafes. Walk along there and you will arrive at the top of the Kali Strata where you can, when ready, walk back down. While up in the village you will have time to see the old lanes and ruins, and catch some views, see the outside of the churches you can see from below, have a drink or lunch and meet some lovely people too. [caption id="attachment_12652" align="alignright" width="198"]Symi Greece photos Find these, turn left at this sign, and then head up.[/caption] There, not hard is it? If you want to walk up, simply head to the corner of the harbour, the left hand corner as you come in, and look for the blue steps. Or ask anyone where the Kali Strata starts and then be prepared for the exhilarating climb! You can also head up the slope where the big ferry comes in (the Symi) on the same side as the bus and taxis, and then turn off after the first two corners and head up the steps that way. Easy! And a walk down from the top of the steps to the clock tower side of Yialos will take approximately 20 minutes, so leave enough time to get back, it’s only about ten minutes if you dock on the south side of the harbour. And all that has nothing to do with today’s photos which we took when swimming at Pedi at 06.00 yesterday morning.
Thursday, July 24th, 2014 No Comments
Categorized Under: Chorio, Day to day

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