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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Ciao! from the Italy Desk


I am sorry to have been so silent the last few days. That is about to end, my friends. I was finishing a draft (as you may have noticed) and then I left to come here. Yes, it’s the Italy Desk. I’ve spent the last few days drinking fine wine, eating too much, and leaping out of the way of scooters. Also, I have to say, “Ciao!” a lot, which is exciting.


Like that. I'll throw it in a few times so you can get the experience.

I’ll fill you in on all of this and give you some fantastico glimpses into the new book, Girl At Sea. Because that’s why I’m here. I’m researching. I do these things for you. All for you.

In the meantime, I thought I would share this photo. See, the main problem with being a writer is that I am constantly around celebrities. I am knee-deep in them and their celebrity ways.

“Why,” I sometimes say to myself. “Why can’t I just be around some ordinary folk? Why the glitterati, and why all the time?”


Here is a picture of me, taken with a famous television personality, at Brighton Pier in England a few nights ago:


Yes, it’s Noo-Noo the vacuum cleaner from Teletubbies. I look bored because he is, in fact, really boring. He’s a vacuum cleaner. He absolutely insisted on hanging out with me. What a night that was, listening to him talk about what dirt tastes like.

But this is what I mean. Constant, constant fame and glamour.

Consider this a placeholder. I’ll be back with a more in-depth report. Maybe even two posts in one day. Possible? Ciao!