I always thought that after I retired time would slow down a bit. That certainly hasn’t been the case and the past few days have been a perfect example. Chapter 3 has sat untouched, staring at me from my computer screen causing feelings of guilt. The character speaking in this chapter, Ronin, bothers my dreams; he wants to tell his story. I want to tell his story. But, last minute preparations for the Holidays, attending dinners and breakfasts, cleaning the apartment and then packing for my mini-vacation; well, time just slipped away. Now I sit on the balcony of my hotel room and stare out at beautiful waves as they roll in to an empty beach. The days from my last entry till now, vanished, like the early morning mist on the ocean after the sun rises. This morning after I finish writing, post this entry and answer my e-mails I will start work on chapter 3 and Ronin again. I hope to finish it and start chapter 4. Sometime in the next couple of days I will need to look over my friend Deb’s suggestions for modifications of the book. I need to include them also before submitting the manuscript to agents the first week of January. So far I can tell that she’s caught a few errors that both Tim and I missed. I’m looking for inspiration to start a couple of new short stories also. A crescent moon and bright star in the sky last night might have given me a new idea. We’ll see.
Christmas Eve was exactly as I pictured it in my last entry. Steve’s Mom put a huge feast on the table and we all ate till it was coming out of our ears. The dinner was followed by hot chocolate and panetone. The hot chocolate was so good, made the old fashion way by heating milk and adding real cocoa. Afterwards I rushed up to the 6th floor roof to watch the fireworks. It is an incredible display. Think July 4th in the US but they are going off all around you for as far as the eye can see. It is truly incredible. I got back to the apartment about 2am but sleep was hard to come by. The fireworks went off in the neighborhood till 4am, large bangs startling me awake every time I was about to dose off. I don’t remember them doing this on New Year’s Eve last year.
After Christmas it was all about getting the apartment cleaned, my maid was sick, the laundry done and packed for the trip to Huanchaco. I’m sitting on the balcony of my hotel room overlooking the beach now as I write this entry. We arrived yesterday very early in the morning. Steve came with. He’s visiting a cousin in Trujillo to help him celebrate his birthday. We spent the day wandering around the small beach town in search of souvenirs and beachwear. Breakfast and lunch were enjoyable but only having S/.100 Sol notes to pay for things has turned into a hassle. It took an hour for the restaurant where we had breakfast to get change for me. Didn’t matter though, I refuse to be in a hurry while I’m here. Steve left after lunch and will be spending the rest of the trip staying with his aunt and cousin. The sun has been out the entire time I’ve been here and the temperature has been perfect. A faint sunburn has already appeared on my legs and I need to start remembering to apply the sunscreen before I go for my walks. My next entry will be back in Lima. Sorry there are no photos but I forgot to bring the cable to download them from my camera. Have a great week everyone and remember to celebrate the New Year safely.