The absence or reverse vacation.

I’ve been gone from all social media for a few months now, not on holiday but  taking a reverse vacation. Not a break from work but a break to work. My latest trilogy has been in the most important creative stage, ‘conception’ and like all ‘conception’ it’s the most exciting element of the process. I’ve almost finished the first element of the trilogy and the one that sets the pattern or plot structures for the next two. Bonny. The Butterfly Effect. Continue reading

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Island re-charge.

I’ve just spent eight days away from routine on the island of Madiera. No emails, no FB, and very little writing. Well, a little writing, I was staying in a place I intend to use as the closing location in the final Daniel series book ‘Trial’,  so I had to make notes didn’t I? Trial is nearing completion. I will despatch it to my editorial angel for her magic touch and then aim to publish on my birthday, the 24th of Feb. That seems a nice way to close the door on Daniel, Lauren and Bonny.

Funchal on the Atlantic island of Madeira has become a regular bolt hole for us. B has been three times but last year was my first time. We have a week’s timeshare. The timing is perfect, as Christmas approaches, we are in need of rest and above all sun! Last year at the same time, we had six days of sun, this year we had seven. The temperature was a comfortable 22c -74f.

The view from the apartment.
The view from the apartment.

The Residence Porto Mare, is located on Rua Leichlingen in the Lido area at the edge of Funchal. It is a big complex that includes the Porto Mare and Eden Mare Hotels, all within the Vila Porto Mare resort. I would normally run a mile from resorts of any kind and was very sceptical about taking a share here. But the apartment is located perfectly on the top floor on the end of The Residence block; completely private and silent apart from the sea sounds and an occasional loud voice from the bars nearby.  Continue reading