Sometimes things just don’t turn out as you’d planned. Err… scratch that, in my experience I’d have to say stuff often doesn’t pan out the way you thought it would. I spent a good three months or so putting together my Belgian short stories. When I was done, I had twelve chapters covering one of the most exciting periods of my life. Some of these tales were by far my most personal to date. As a result, I had to take more care than usual with the content and how they were written, while one or two people had to be consulted along the way to make sure I wasn’t burning any bridges! I thought I’d pulled it off, but then, at the last minute, I had to hit the eject button on half of the installments, leaving the series in a bit of a mess.
In any case, I’m reasonably happy with what remains of this somewhat stunted collection. Both Henderson and Zaid were a real challenge to write, both structurally and emotionally. While on the one hand it was really inspiring to look back on these dear friendships, it also forced me to grieve for them all over again, to face head on the irreversible loss of two special people.
Back in the present and in recent weeks I’ve upped sticks and moved to yet another new location. This time though, I’m very much hoping the Spanish city of Málaga can be a long-term base, a place I can truly call home. So far the signs are good! I have a job, a place to live and a strong feeling that I’ve finally found a place to lay my hat, put down some roots and build a life that doesn’t feel transitory.
New starts in life are time consuming, especially one you’re really serious about. As such, the next short story collection (my first year in China) will have to wait. In the meantime, the weekly Top 5 Photos will keep LL ticking along, while I continue to (very slowly) work on reviewing my all-time top 20 movies. With a bit of luck, I can begin publishing these in the summer. As always, thanks for reading, liking, commenting and all the rest of it. And if you ever fancy a trip to Southern Spain, you know where to find me.