I want to make a quick apology to anyone coming to my website for the long delay before this entry. A trip to Cozumel Mexico to surprise my good friend Mona for her 60th birthday took up most of the time.
During the trip I had a few brief moments of leisure time in which I was able to do some editing on my book. I managed to rewrite one chapter. I needed to have my detective sound more knowledgeable about forensics. Therefore, I change the chapter from tell to show by having a lengthy piece of dialog between the detective and the forensic pathologist. I did the entire chapter at the golf course on the island while I waited for Kelly to finish a round of golf. A couple of days later during a heavy rainstorm I managed to get another 100 pages edited. I feel good about accomplishing that while on a vacation. I’m hoping to have the editing finished in a week, maybe two, and start sending query letters to agents again. Then, I can concentrate on book two. A few short story ideas popped into my head as we wandered around the island also.
The trip to Mexico was exciting. I flew from Lima into Mexico City and from there to Cancun. After arriving in Cancun, I caught a bus to Playa del Carmen and took the ferry from there to the island of Cozumel. My actual travel time was 16 hours but I was up for 36 hours before arriving. I planned my trip so that I would arrive a day before Mona and her husband Kelly. Kelly and I had planned my surprise visit for months in advance. He almost blew it a couple of times in casual conversation with her. But, when I snuck up behind her at the restaurant on the plaza, the look on her face when she turned around and saw me was priceless.
We spent the week relaxing and visiting a few of our favorite spots on the island. Wet Wendys for a few meals and their amazing frozen Mango Margaritas, Coconuts for shots of tequila and lunch, and Poncho’s for black bean soup are a few worth mentioning. There were quite a few rain storms during our visit. I personally enjoyed them since we don’t have them in Lima. There’s something so relaxing about hearing the sound of the rain against a window with the sounds of the wind in the background. One in particular kept Mona and Kelly hiding under an awning on the golf course for a few hours. He only managed to play four holes before the rain started.
We took a jeep to the other side of the island on one of the days. It was a bit blustery and overcast but still beautiful. The waves can get a little wild on over there so you can catch a few guys trying to surf occasionally. The bar Coconuts is on that side and on a hill that they claim is the highest spot on the island. Personally, I believe it. There are some great views of the beaches up and down the coast from there. The owner Coco always remembers us and buys a round when we are there. The Rasta Bar was our only other stop that day. We drank beers and watched the waves roll in.
Our last full day on the island was Mona’s actual birthday. We went to Wet Wendys for dinner and surprised her with a cake. The staff came out and sang the Mexican version of happy birthday to her and one of the waiters, Lobo, bought her a shot of tequila. Much to my and Kelly’s surprise, she slammed it down like a pro. All in all, it was a great trip and I had a wonderful time with two of my best friends. Now I’m back in Lima and it’s time to return to my routine.