I’ve had another successful week at the keyboard. Several thousand words later, both chapters nine and ten are completed for the new Inca Gold Book. I’ve now printed those out and intend to make editing notes on those chapters after I do small outlines for what I want to include in the next five to 10 chapters. Once I finish the edit, I’ll send the file off to my friend Mona for grammar checks. In getting to this point, I’ve made several decisions about how the structure of this book will be. For one, I have decided not to keep the murderer or his group a mystery. The thrill of this book will be like its predecessors, how will they get caught.
Every book I’ve written has taken a minimum of a year to write. I’d like to finish this one in less time than that. The key will be to minimize the distractions I allow to crowd into my life. One other factor will be to maintain a strict writing schedule, even if the output is minimal at times. I also think that I’m going to have to spend a little less time on social media, in particular, Facebook and Tumblr. A good two and a half hours every morning is wasted on these two sites in particular. They have become my addiction. Unfortunately, both are my main venue for hawking my books and getting feedback on my photography.
My photography outings have improved in the last week also. I’ve made a couple of nice walks with either camera or cellphone in hand for the sole purpose of taking photographs and am sharing some of them with you in this post. They are exclusively of flowers. I haven’t had time to go on a wide-ranging walk to find other subjects. That will come, just not this week.
This past week Peru’s fútbol team proved their skill to South America by making it to the next round of qualifying for playing in the 2018 World Cup. Next month they have to play in a wildcard game against New Zealand, then return to play against them again in South America to gain entry to the WC. This past week, their game against Colombia sealed the deal when Peru fought them to a 1 – 1 tie. That game was broadcast on a huge screen in front of a large crowd just a block from my apartment. The enthusiasm of the crowd was boisterous to say the least. Spring in Lima is also settling in. We’ve had more sunny warm days that cloudy chilly ones. I do love spring here with its moderate temperatures and hope we have another mild summer this year. Hot and humid tends to keep me inside too much.
Once again, there’s not much on the friend front. Friday night cocktails was cut short due to some type of internet problem between here and North America. My internet and WiFi were working fine as was the two in Illinois. No clue as to why we lost and could not regain our connection. The short time we talked was good though, we managed to catch up on stuff that had happened in the past two weeks. I missed Saturday morning Coffee and Chat, I had other commitments in the works. Larry is in the states visiting his sons and their families. He’ll be gone for another week. The other guys are fine and having a good time according to FB. Jamie is back in the US, I think Ada went with him for part of the trip. Bob and Silvia are keeping up with social obligations. I did get to meet Kathy for our coffee and chat on Sunday. Great conversation but the venue left a lot to be desired. We met at Don Lalo’s, a place I had not frequented before. The service was terrible and the prices high, we will not be returning.
That’s it for another post. Remember to get up and get out. Move it or lose it. Read a book, take a painting class, work on puzzles – exercise that brain also. Have a great week all, hope to see you back here in seven days.