I’m catching a plane in a few days, and will be, on Friday night, about 3500 miles away from my home. I’ll be in Boston, and I'm looking forward to enjoying all that the city has to offer. A day or two later, I’m driving to a remote part of Cape Cod where I’ll be surrounded by the Pacific and sandy beaches. I’m going to walk a lot, read a lot and write. I won’t write as much as I do normally, when back home and at my desk, but I’m not going to stop. For me, writing is a pleasure, and something I hope I’ll still be able to do until I drop. So why should I stop doing it when I’m on holiday? You wouldn't stop eating or drinking!
It’s the change of surroundings, the inspiration from such a breathtaking location, and the time to let thoughts meander through my mind that’ll inspire me, and bring a freshness to my words. Don’t get me wrong; I’ll see as much of Boston and the surrounding area as I can fit in, visit Cape Cod’s villages, walk many of its fine beaches, and enjoy some of the freshest seafood I've ever tasted; but whether it’s just a few scribbled notes, a blog post, a tweet, or some experimental paragraphs of a new book, I will write.
And then there’s reading. I’ve loaded up my kindle and iPad with books taken from my long TBR list, and am looking forward to devouring several of them. Reading is essential to a reader, but when deep into completing your own work, it’s sometimes difficult to find the time and concentration to read. A vacation provides just that opportunity.
So, back to the suitcases, emptying the washing machine, and my wife’s list of things to do before we go on holiday.
My next blog post should come from Cape Cod – Internet and Wi-Fi willing.
My latest work
Playing Harry: – the shocking murder of a man’s brother and sister-in-law and a breathtaking conspiracy bring into doubt the integrity of the CIA and MI6.
Read more on the Playing Harry blog.
A man is shot dead in a café in Istanbul. The bullet was meant for Harry Fingle. His enemies are back. He confides in his old friend, Philip – a spy – who says he can arrange police protection. But what are Philip’s true motives? Why does Harry’s new lover ask so many questions and want to know his every movement, and why do the attempts on his life continue?
Available September. To read the 1st draft go to Wattpad.
The Night I Met Me – a chilling short story about the night a man met his double.
A knock on the door on a dark, windy night brings a stranger into to a man's house. The man and the stranger look alike. As the evening unfolds, the stranger reminds the man of their disturbing past.
Free at Smashwords.