Well, I have finished my first draft, but it needs lots of work and some fleshing out. This is not how I usually write but the story line this time was quite complicated, with three parallel stories so I was anxious to get to the end. But it's not long enough and some of the chapters need expanding. You know the sort of thing - they always say 'show don't tell'.
This is quite hard work, and not nearly as much fun as the main story writing, so I plan to do it fairly slowly and will in any case be taking a break for most of August when we are in Edinburgh and then Bristol, visiting our family.
We saw a brilliant play last night, Solomon and Marion with Dame Janet Suzman, and Khayalethu Anthony. It finishes its run in Cape Town this week, then like us goes to Edinburgh where it can be seen in the fringe. Not sure what we will see in Edinburgh - we are joining my sister and brother-in-law and will be going to the tattoo, which should be amazing. I have never been to Scotland, in spite of living in England for twelve years, but Colin spent part of his childhood in Aberdeen where his mother hailed from. So I am quite excited!
Then we go to Bristol to visit our daughter and son-in-law. She is a veterinary student, a mature student who entered the field after years of being a dancer. She's just going into her 4th year now, so in two years time she'll be a qualified vet.
The heat wave in England continues so we are watching the weather carefully before deciding what to pack. I had thought we would take our normal winter clothes, as Cape Town winter has in recent years been on a par with English summers but if this carries on I'll have to think again.
Right now it's cold and rainy in Cape Town with a maximum of 18 degrees C today, so not warm but not cold by northern hemisphere standards - equates to 64 degrees F, but quite cold enough for us, thank you.
I am now wabbing - wab is a wonderful word which our daughter, the one in Singapore and her friends coined - wab is an acronym for work avoidance behaviour. Back to my draft!
Till next time :)