I’m writing this on the balcony of my hotel on the beachside in Chania on the Greek island of Crete. I’m thinking of this as a working holiday, as I’m on a deadline for a book and still writing as I go. I thought I could get it finished before we left but it was not to be. Sadly, I’m not a fast writer...
|What a place to write!|
People react with dismay when I tell them but I’m finding it enjoyable. The time I’m spending writing I would usually be reading—and maybe snacking too much on local delicacies. And I love writing! Not only that but I’m writing a Greek hero in a Greek setting and I’m here in Greece. How much better can it get than that?
Of course writers never really get a rest. We’re always getting hijacked by ideas and finding inspiration from our surroundings and the people we meet. A walk around an area where there seemed to be a number of abandoned buildings really fired my imagination.
Are they really abandoned? What’s the story behind them? Or is the crumbling façade just that—a façade? There may not be a story there at all. But I find it all fun to contemplate.
And of course that’s not to mention the many handsome Greek men I see around me. I try not to make it obvious I’m observing them—just for hero inspiration you understand! (And beautiful Greek women, too.)
The story I’m finishing now was inspired by my last trip to Greece. Who knows what this trip will bring? I’ll be sure to let you know when the book comes out.
Do you have a favourite holiday destination, Down Under or otherwise? I’ve only just discovered Greece after many years of travelling. I’d love to read your comments!