Seriously, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I posted anything to this web page. I guess I can blame part of it on the holidays, part of it on not having much to say, and part of it to sheer laziness. The sad part is, I’m not sure it’s going to get much better. We’ll just have to wait and see if any excitement is added to my weekly routine.
Progress on the new book slowed to a crawl since the last post. I’ve only completed three chapters, finishing 18 – 20, and gotten a good portion of chapter 21 started. If there’s any good news to this, these chapters were significantly longer than the previous ones. I can certainly blame the holidays for a small part of it but I’m definitely disappointed with my productivity when it comes to putting words to paper.
I also dealt with the editing suggestions from Mona in the first eleven chapters and have sent off chapters 1 – 20 for her to read over, correct, and return to me. In addition, there was some significant time spent on research into Marshal Arts and how to write a fight scene. Going forward, there is nothing on the horizon that should slow me down in the coming months. So, it’s time to get back in the saddle and let the words flow like a river.
Photography on the other hand, has been a bright spot in the last month. I’ve made it out for more photo walks and I’m enjoying entering some of my work into GURU´s photo contests. The exposure will be nice and seeing the work of the truly great photographers out there will help me to improve my own work. In addition, exposure on the Tumblr social media site and getting support from the amazing photographers I have met there has given me the confidence to branch out into other areas over the next few months.
Expat life in Peru is exciting over the holidays. They brought Christmas in with a bang as usual. Fortunately, the fireworks only lasted till 00:20 in the morning so I was able to get some sleep. I got a couple of nice presents and Steve and I had a wonderful lunch together. Then came New Years Eve and we got to repeat it all over again. I know that I mentioned Lima’s traffic in my last post but it’s not getting any better. Usually it slows down some over the holidays, not this year. Summer is upon us and the people who forecast for such things till us we are in a La Niña and summer temps will be 3 -5 degrees lower than normal. There will be no complaints from me it that turns out to be true. The bad part, my employee Paul took off on his one month paid vacation leaving me to clean this big place while he’s gone. It’s amazing how you get used to having things done for you over time. I will be the happiest person in Peru when he gets back.
On a side note, they opened a new gallery in Barranco right next to the Bodega Verde. One Saturday after our meeting, Larry and I wandered into it to check out the art. There are some incredibly talented artists here in Peru, as I have said many times in the past. I will be looking forward to seeing more artists on display there in the future.
I made it to a couple of the Bodega Verde meetings with my friends this past month. It was great seeing all of them again and catching up. One meeting in particular brought a big crowd. Bob, Larry, Vincent, Scott and wife Kelly, Carlo and wife Lily, and myself took up a considerable amount of space. The only ones missing were Dario and Mahlon. Kathy and I met for coffee and chat a couple of times and Isabel was able to join us for a bit. Cocktails with Mona and Kelly were intermittent but always a blast. Everyone above had great holidays. Then, this past weekend my dear friends Lourdes and Tim came to Peru from Canada for a visit bringing their new son Royce. It was wonderful to see them and meet the new addition to their family. He is an adorable child with the sweetest smile and loves Uncle Rod’s hugs and kisses.
Well, that sums up the month. I hope all of you managed to be more productive than me but still managed to get up, get out and have some fun. Till next time, remember to stay active mentally and physically.