As I write this, I am parked with my MacBook Pro inside a funky little café called The Strawberry Alarmclock on Parnell Road in Auckland. One side of the shop is painted aqua and blue with scribblings of “Please don’t smoke” in many languages (the Pinoy translation is “Masamang manigarilyo” (“smoking is bad”), and the other is laid with bricks (the way walls look in loft apartments). I am enjoying a flat white, served to me with a big heart floating on it. It’s a nice day in Auckland as spring is making way for summer, and I am out in a light jacket (no more windbreaker, yey!).
I’ve been hit with a case of ADHD with regards to books — I’ve yet to finish reading one since I got here, which is odd given the fact that I have the time to read. Then I realized that the series I really want to get into is George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series. Friends in Singapore gave me book two as a going-away present, so I searched for book 1, A Game of Thrones, here. After one failed attempt at Borders, I scored a copy today at Whitcoull’s. So now, I will begin. It’s about two inches thick, and the letters are tiny — but that’s what my reading glasses are for.
Writing a book is another matter — one I also intend to finish. I start NanoWriMo on November 1 — my third one! I am excited, and percolating with ideas for what my next novel is going to be about. The germ of an idea came to me today, and I think it’s growing… a very good sign.