WOW, who would have thought I would have taken such a long time to update this webpage? But, that’s how it goes sometimes. I have been in a funk when it comes to putting something together for posting and everything I put up sounded so repetitive. At long last though, I have things worth sharing, so here we go.
I’ve made significant progress on my latest novel, no title yet, but I’m thinking “Chanan Tik Tayta Mans, Map to the Gods.” If you have an opinion on that leave a comment, please. I am presently finished up through chapter 37 and have a few paragraphs down on 38. That puts me at 74,000 words so far. I’m thinking that I’ll reach the end in about five to ten more chapters. I´m averaging about 2,000 words a chapter at this point. The villain is starting to feel the heat and that’s bound to force him to make mistakes which will get him caught.
I’m very pleased with my storyline so far and my grammar editor thinks I have another winner in the works. This book will delve into two of my favorite subjects, archaeology, and murder most foul. It starts out at the ancient Incan site of Machu Picchu and will end in the Imperial City of Cusco, the old capital of the Incan Empire.
Photography has been a lot of fun lately also. I’ve been working my way up in Guru’s standings and have made it to Veteran as of a week ago. Still have a ways to go to get to Guru status but I’ll keep clicking away. I’ve tried to expand my subject matter but other than doing studio work, my opportunities are limited here in La Molina. I have been revisiting photographs from my travels here in Peru though and have done some work to sharpen them up. I have arranged them in this post and your comments on them are welcome also.
As for news on my life as an Expat here in Lima, I’ve decided to buy an apartment this year. It will happen sometime in November after one of my annuities matures. For now, we are scouring the ads for new and old ones that will suit our purposes. It must have at least 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guest bathroom, a garage, plus be a minimum of 100 sq meters (approximately 1,000 sq feet) in size. We are finding lots of alternatives. Lima continues to be Lima. Fall has arrived, the traffic gets worse every year, and the humidity sucks. But, I still love it here and the challenges of living in a foreign city keep life interesting.
We’ve had our usual number of small tremors since I last wrote and the recently elected president has resigned under pressure from an investigation into corruption at all levels of the government, present, and past. A man (Canadian) was hanged for murdering an indigenous leader (a woman) of the Shipibo tribe in the jungle. A fine example of vigilante justice taking place away from the big cities. There is some doubt with the authorities as to his actual guilt. In certain areas of Peru, all foreigners are looked at with a great deal of suspicion.
My friends here in Peru are all doing fairly well. Only my dear friend Bob has been having some serious health issues. He’s been in and out of the hospital far too often and I am starting to worry about him. Due to issues I don’t care to go into, I haven’t been able to make it to as many meeting with the gang at the Bodega Verde as I would like. When I do, it’s fun and the conversations are always titillating. We’ve added two new members to the group, Vincent Turfano and Scott Wagner (when he’s in town). Cocktails with Mona and Kelly on Friday evenings are still a regular event. Kelly was able to attend The Masters this year, he said it was one of the highlights of his life. He’s a good golfer himself and having three days to wander around that course was amazing. Kathy is her usual affable self. We’ve enjoyed our Sunday morning coffees and chats, but they have been cut back also. Everyone else is doing great, especially my family back in the states. I’m looking forward to going home in October and seeing my friends in Southern Illinois again.
That sums up my three-month absence pretty much. Again, I apologize for the time away. I hope all of you have been staying active physically and mentally. Use it or lose it, as the saying goes and the older you get the more important that statement becomes.