Every writer’s dream

• Leila left this afternoon by bus to Sao Paulo, to spend a few days with Paula, Jorge and Daniel. They plan on a round of museums, the zoo, and a water park. They’ll bring her back Friday.

• Picked up, again, Nigel Tranter’s MacBeth The King. Will finish it before long. A very different take from Shakespeare’s character.

• Have been eating lunch at a new place right on the praça, run, apparently, by a family of, if their sign is any indication, cariocas, or people from Rio. The food is good, not too expensive, though I thought the drink I got was a bit pricey. I haven’t been getting a drink since that first day. I don’t eat a lot of food at a time, usually, so my plate usually runs about R$5 or about US$2.85.

• Several of our main sites — BNc, TFR and FPress — are needing a boost. Richard Mansel continues to bless FMag with his faithful hand, but even it could use an extra shot. Thinking of how to do all that … Not to mention the smaller ones, which I’ll not bother to list.

• I’ve basically given up on finding someone to do a new database of subscribers for our Portuguese magazine. Without that, I don’t see how we can move forward. Will it fade away into the night?

• Times are I wish I could shut everything down except for writing, and narrow that down to books. Think I could get away with it? That’s every writer’s dream, isn’t it?

• Barbara Ann seems to be having a grand time in Costa Rica. She returns to the US around the 19th, I think. She has been sorely missed on the FPress business end, on the BNc work, and all around. Not to mention not having contact with a friend.

• Watching the mail for four copies of my book that my mom sent last week. I forgot to bring any back with me. They could take up to another week and not be considered late, as the mail goes.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?