I feel like the last few weeks have been more Italian focused so this week’s update with be a mix of things. To begin, I was in my first car accident this week. I should preface this was the first accident where I was not in a parked car nor did I physically drive into a garage door or camouflaged fence. This was the first time in a car, as a passenger or driver, where we actually hit another car.
Southern Italy is a bit funny to me. Having watched our accident play out in slow motion, I still don’t understand why the other driver felt he needed to edge himself out into the middle or our lane and the two way traffic. This is so common in this area, I see it daily. People are overly aggressive and impatient. Every time I question myself for not getting a car or a moped, I see one of these drivers and quickly give the sign of the cross.
Part of my daily routine is riding a tour bus that we use to shuttle students to school. As the first passenger, I get to look out at the beautiful Adriatic Sea and I get to watch mopeds drive right up to the bus and weave around us at stop lights. It’s mindboggling to say the least.
Accidents and mopeds aside, the craziest thing I have seen thus far while walking was one cyclist with his fishing gear, riding in the middle of the lane, texting. That was a high point to Friday. This morning I was running at 0530 and I almost ran into two fishermen. These crazy gentlemen were on bikes dressed completely in black and didn’t have any reflective gear, let alone lights on their bikes. That’s crazy! Now granted I could wear my reflective vest more often but at least when I run I’m wearing a bright white t-shirt and a reflective ball cap.
On a different note, I love the grapes here. They really are good. I don’t know what I’m going to do in a few weeks when they are no longer in season. Am I going to have to eat pumpkins daily?
Switching gears, I have been busy updating my Amazon author page. More importantly there actually is one now for the States, the UK, Germany, and France. I was trying to setup others but those were the only countries I managed to complete so far. I also setup a Pinterest account. At first I was avoiding doing such a thing but I find myself looking at pictures for book research and for teaching, so it was easier to just create an account and have access to all these photos. https://www.pinterest.com/FrankieYandow/
I also submitted Luza to a few different editorial book review websites not only for press reasons but to get the word out on the book. Riley, the second book in the series, has completed the first round of editing and the second will be done early this week. I will get it back and start my end of things. If all goes as planned, I think the book will be ready to go by the end of October.
For anyone interested in a free PDF copy of Luza let me know. I will give you a free copy in exchange for a review on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Goodreads.
Till next week.