The January update…

So, where am I in the greater scheme of things?

Still scribbling frantically.  January is usually the time of the year we go jetting off to somewhere exotic, or, rather, somewhere very cold because here it is usually 36 degrees centigrade plus 100 percent humidity, day after day after day.

Well, this is me, stuck in the endless heat, slowly melting away.

And writing.

I have had a few great ideas springing out of the void, while I’m trying very hard not to think about how hot it is, or how recalcitrant Chester used to be when he was hot.  What I don’t get is that in winter he used to sit on top of the fire where it is about 2000 degrees and yet in 34-degree heat, he complained.

But enough about that cat…

With one of my stories, back in WW2, my hero, if he could be called that, is on the run from the Reich, a rocket scientist who can see the writing on the wall.  He is heading for the castle in southern Italy, not knowing that there’s a bunch of Nazi’s waiting for him to send him back home.

Of course, there is a another player in the high risk stakes, but he’s with the resistance and who hasn’t been told exactly who the high-value target is that he’s supposed to save.  You know the story, it’s a need to know basis, and he doesn’t need to know … just in case he’s captured by the enemy.

Where it is now, the scientist is stuck at Brenner Pass in the forest freezing and waiting for the Germans to find him.  Or not.  It has a lot to do with just how much he wants to be saved.

Meanwhile the resistance has just suffered a huge defeat, and it’s leader capture, and languishing in a dungeon under the castle.  Can she be saved?

It’s still a work in progress, but the last episode is here:

On another front, there is the Treasure story, one that I’ve been meaning to write ever since I read Stevenson’s Treasure Island.  My characters are not quite as colorful, but…

Our intrepid searchers have been trying to work out which part of the Florida coastline matches their map, and that’s no mean feat.  But, there’s more, and yes, another treasure hunter was trying to find the treasure.

But, that’s the nature of treasure myths, everyone wants to find it, but don’t want to put in the hard yards.

This is where it’s got to:

Yes, there are two other stories, but I’ll let you know about them later.

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