I am planning to resume normal service on the blog so I thought a good way to start would be to share my temporary Balinese writing room with you.
I am writing this post while sitting on the patio at the table you can see in the foreground of the picture above. I have a bottle of trusty Bintang beer beside me to sustain me. Bintang is cheap as chips here and while I'm not a huge beer drinker at home (just before footy matches) I am finding ice cold beers are very quaffable in the warm Bali evenings - and the wine here is both crap and expensive.
Despite having no excuses (after two weeks when a friend was staying I am now all alone) I still find there are rather too many distractions from writing. Today I wandered down the road to the beach for lunch and a reflexology session at fabulous beachside spa. Tomorrow I am planning on booking a driver to take me somewhere off the beaten track. Despite this I have made some good progress with the book edits - and have also caught up on my marketing planning.
It's taken me about two weeks to relax properly and start enjoying the slower pace of life here. In less than 2 weeks I will be back in London and the Bintangs will be replaced with cups of tea and coffee. It will be great to have my books around around me again. It feels weird being here in a house without books! Thank god for my Kindle.
With my next post normal service will resume - with a peek into the Writer's Room of Claire Weiner aka Mari Howard.