Finished writing the first draft of my novel ‘Rosewater’.

It is ugly as hell and nobody can see it until I’ve done first pass revisions, but at least the raw inspiration is down on paper.

The next step is to leave it for about two months. I’ll probably start rewriting in October or November, by which time it’ll be entirely unfamiliar.

Meanwhile, I can start rewrites on some older works and write a short story as a palate cleanser.


I’m reading ‘The Scramble for Africa” by Thomas Pakenham  It’s a history book, so well-written that it’s as compelling as a thriller. It’s like 700 pages long, but don’t let that discourage you. Everybody should read it.


Listening to: some Brahms and Creedence Clearwater Revival.




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