Larry and I took on writing five chapters each this week. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, we are excited and anxious to finish the first draft of the book. I finished my fifth one this morning and have sent them all to Larry. So far, I’ve only received one from him. We have our weekly meeting tomorrow so I guess I’ll find out what happened then. These last chapters are important. They must be exciting and come to an end that will make the readers of the book want to read the second book. Speaking of the second book, we have only outlined it in the vaguest of details. It will be a continuation of book one that will take place a few years later. I know that we are going to have to work out the timeline and broad details before we start writing. That will be totally different from the way we started this one. I’m still working on some other stories also. One may turn into a novella and I am looking to finish a short story on our main hero to sell to a detective magazine. Lots of work to do.
I successfully made it to the gym four days this week and plan on going again this morning, which will make it five. Have to work off some extra calories I got from eating pizza last night. I can tell I am losing a little weight. I still haven’t bought a scale for the house but hope to get one soon. I’d like to be 10 pounds lighter than I was when I moved to Peru as I make my trip back in October for a visit.
We had our writers’ group meeting on Thursday. Larry submitted a nice little piece for us to critique. It’s about a married couple from two different countries trying to decide where they will live in retirement. A nice humor piece. Afterwards we sat around and chatted about things that affect our lives as expatriates. We always have a lively discussion at the end of our meetings.
Before the meeting, I had to go to Clinica Good Hope to get my blood work and X-ray done in preparation for my annual check up on Monday. A benefit of my insurance here is a FREE annual checkup with blood work and chest X-ray. Everything went very smooth; I got in and out of the department quickly and confirmed my appointment with the physician in plenty of time to make it to the meeting. I even had time to stop in Café Z for eggs, toast and bacon before heading over to the patio.
I went to a movie with Antonio again this week. We saw “Unknown,” starring Liam Niesson (not sure I spelled that right). It was a great film, full of exciting chase scenes and unexpected twists in the plot. I give it a four Llama rating on my five Llama scale. It’s definitely worth seeing in the theater.
That’s it for a few more days. I’m still having a blast living here in Lima Peru. You can tell that fall is starting to settle in. There is a small chill in the air now, the kind that I love and most of my friends hate. Most of the plants have lost their blooms and I am sure that all the gardeners are getting ready to put out their winter flowers. Have a fantastic few days everyone. Remember, “Tempus Fugit,” so enjoy every moment to the fullest.