Back to Work
I returned from Florence today on an Air Emirates flight. The day started at 5.30 a.m. Florence time, pulling bags across the Arno River to the train station. We boarded the Milano train at 6.06 and arrived around 10.00, then hopped on a shuttle bus to the airport. The computer system operated by Air Emirates had broken down and each passenger ticket had to be hand processed. If you ever want to know how computers made our lives easier, try checking in at Milano airport without one in service. From Milano we flew to Rome, then from Rome to Dubai, and from Dubai to Bangkok. It is now 3.50 p.m. in Thailand as I write this. More than 30 hours since leaving the apartment in Florence.
I had good news about translation rights for more of my novels in Istanbul and Florence. Also there will be another French edition coming out next year. So much has happened in the last three weeks, it is difficult to know where to start. Over the next couple of weeks I will finish the 5th draft of the new Calvino novel. I had positive news from my literary agent that publishers in Sweden and Holland are interested in translation rights to the new novel. That is always a good incentive to get down to business with the final and last draft.
It is good to be home.