Saturday, June 26, 2010

Remember when this used to be a writing blog?

It will be again soon enough, i suppose. I'm enjoying my last day in France faffin about the promenade in Nice...hard to believe I'll be back in rainy Dublin in about 9 hours!

Friday, June 18, 2010

the aftermath...(this is fast becoming a Travel Blog)

As any of you who watch the news will now be aware, the 'bit of rain' on Tuesday ended up being the worst flooding the Var region of France has had in forty years or something.

Did it impact us? Just a bit...a quick drive down to the local town for dinner (after our power went out, I hasten to add) ended up being a salad in an also-powerless restaurant, followed by a military-style operation, in which one half of the 'unit' ended up driving around looking for a hotel til 2.30in the morning. This was after the road back to the house was deemed impassable and closed. From a personal point of view, I was in the other car and we were 'lucky' enough to get a hotel after just an hour. A fairly stressful hour it was though, not knowing where we were going, not being able to see where we were going due to continuous downpour...none of your Irish 'spittin' rain, this was proper monsoon stuff.

But in fairness, we did get off light, we all survived (28 people in the region were not so lucky), the house didn't wash away and when we got back the next day, the power was even back on. Three days later, sunny skies....

and just in case you don't believe me...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5-iX_aCk24

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Raining cats and dogs...

...yes, a terrible cliche and, as writer I should be castigated for using it, but as I am in the South of France in the middle of June and it is, in fact, RCAD, I should be forgiven.


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I can, thankfully, report that the change of location, if nothing else, is re-invigorating my creative juices and the 'Burning Matches' rewrite is coming along nicely. I even managed to write a new prologue in about an hour the other day. Is it any good? Ah no, but it's written!