Friday, April 09, 2010

Tales of Mere Existence

It’s after midnight. I have just driven 8 hours south from Sacramento to Newport Beach. I am juggling blogs - my tour blog, and my TMFM Blog. And, to be honest, my brain is gone. Lost somewhere between the orange groves and the Grapevine. Who said the life of a writer is glamorous?

You can check out my daily blog from a writer on the road at

Every day is a new experience. Last night was spent at the house of Janet Rudolph, editor of Mystery Readers International magazine. A house built on a mountainside overlooking the Bay Area, with spectacular views of San Francisco. Today was a drive through the breadbasket of California, leading to the lights of Los Angeles spread out along 40 miles of Pacific coast, as the folds of the Grapevine parted to reveal it.

I landed on US soil 9 days ago, since when I have done eight promotional events and a live radio interview. This morning I received an email with the finalized agreement for the purchase of the movie rights to one of my China Thrillers, and a commission to write the screenplay.

Next week, after another three promotional events, I will land in Arizona for a four week stay - to work on the screenplay, and the research and development of my new book. After which the tour will resume with a flight to upstate New York, and a trek down the east coast to DC.

My tour schedule was put together by my wife. I am beginning to think that she has taken out a secret insurance policy on my life, and is trying to commit Murder by Book Tour!

At any rate, as I hurtled down the freeway tonight, with the dark settling all around me, my thoughts turned to my Friday contribution to TMFM. And I thought back to a previous blog about procrastination - that curse of the writer in search of any excuse not to write. And I remembered an entirely apposite “live” cartoon from one of my favourite Youtube contributors, Lev Yilmaz, whose “Tales of Mere Existence” are not to be missed. Take a look. I am sure you will recognise this syndrome. Just substitute “writing” for “stuff”.


Vicki Delany said...

Great Video. Thanks Peter.

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