Every year we go on holiday and nearly every year – depending on where we go – I take my laptop with the intention of writing a chapter of my latest book. This time we’re in Shetland staying in a lovely cottage we’ve stayed in before, on the shores of an inlet to the North Sea, with a terrific view of the seals and trout jumping out of the water.
Have I written anything of Episode at all, though? Yes, I have! I’ve written 1500 words this week! No, I know it isn’t much, but then the weather has been better than we expected, with Friday being the worst day, and it’s been so bright outside that I’ve barely been able to see the screen (excuses, excuses, lol; there are blinds on the windows to help me out). The only reason I’m taking time out to write this blog post is that it’s Sunday and we’ve worn ourselves out with walking and exploring, and can’t be bothered to do diddly squat today. Plus the golf is on telly (yawn!) and we also have to plan our holiday itinerary for next week.
Yeah, I can get too used to this place; work is nothing but a horrible memory!
Every night we go to bed Daffy’d. It’s hard work enjoying yourself! We get back to the cottage after a day’s excursion, I open my laptop and mutter, ‘Urrr!’ but I do manage to write some words. My main character is Alice, who has frequent seizures caused by epilepsy. If this sounds familiar, it ought to: Episode is a loose sequel to Epiworld, and a familiar character from that book, Travis, reappears. The story starts when Alice is on holiday in the present day Greek island of Rhodes, but the heat is making her seizures more frequent and more powerful. I’ll mention later how she ends up in Ancient Greece. I’ve drawn on my interest in Ancient Greek literature to write Episode, focusing on the story of the Trojan War (from Homer’s Iliad).
I’m not saying any more at the moment, though: the sun’s got its hat on! Holiday time!