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Living on a Greek island

A Greek island blog from Symi in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. "James’s great talent lies in his careful observation of the absurd and the amusing, the dramas and the difficulties..." Anne Zouroudi.

Symi Dream - Living on a Greek island

Thursday catch-up

Thursday catch-up

Neil did return from Rhodes as expected, so there was no ‘Fill and fall’ about it. (See the post from the other day.) After a light supper at the taverna, we returned home to sit on the balcony and watch the boats coming and going in the dark harbour. I spent Thursday at my desk as usual and banged out a few more words for the next book.

In the backstreets of Yialos

In the backstreets of Yialos

It might not actually be the next book to come out. I have a novella nearly ready to go and also the ‘Symi, Stuff & Nonsense’ travel story book to bring out first. That’s been in the making for a while now. It will include some pieces of a diary I kept when we moved here, a few other observations about life here, plus a set of stories of previous travels to other parts of the world; a kind of autobiography of travel adventures. The trouble is, the longer I leave the first draft sitting there waiting for attention, the more things happen that could be added in. The trip to Cyprus for example, and the making of the film. I’ll check the word count and decide if those should go in or if I have enough to make a decently sized read already.’

In the backstreets of Yialos

In the backstreets of Yialos

Meanwhile, it’s back to this other first draft and getting it out of my system. I’ve been a bit busy since giving up work at the bar, but now I have the time for a few hours a day, it’s easy to get these things written. What takes the time is the rewriting, the editing and the laying out. Meanwhile, I’m missing the beach (not a great beach fan anyway) and swimming (not a great swimming fan) and the morning walks and exercise (not a great… you get the picture). But still, at least I have some photos from ‘out there’ to show you over the next few days. And so, back to the keyboard…

In the backstreets of Yialos

In the backstreets of Yialos

In the backstreets of Yialos

In the backstreets of Yialos