This week

Writing: Working on the outline of my next novel, and planning the second draft of my first one. Tough work, but there is progress, and progress is what I’m looking for.

Reading: Finished the delightful second Vinyl Detective instalment, “The Vinyl Detective — The Run-Out Groove“, by Andrew Cartmel. Enjoyed it very much, and can recommend it if you’re looking for an intelligent pick-me-up. On the verge of finishing “The Night Watch,” by Sergei Lukyanenko. A very Russian, darker but not dark-for-dark’s sake urban fantasy that is well written and sophisticated. Nothing like the childish dark urban fantasy novels that I’ve read lately.

Running: Got back on track this week. Getting myself used to progressively longer runs, and finding out that they aren’t so bad after all.

Drawing: except for a few quick doodles, nothing this week. I’ll try to get a quick watercolour in this weekend.

Also, if you are even a slight fan of Jane Austen, or like improv comedy, you will love this 30min comedy special by BBC Radio4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08tvyw0

Latest flea market finds: two tins, one a WWII US Army First Aid Packet copper tin, and the other a British made Dunlop “Midget Repair Outfit” bicycle repair tin.

This week

This week’s long run

Yesterday’s weather was pretty perfect for a long run, so decided to go on one instead of postponing it to the weekend. 


Preparations for the second season of the dreadful local version of one of my favourite shows, the Great British Bakeoff, are well under way. 


This is where they’re doing the filming this year, and I’m pretty puzzled about it — I don’t see how this former hanger will have room for all the contestants. Oh well, where there’s rating there’s a way.


Met this crow on the way, and he looked pretty pleased with his perch.


Glorious sunset in the park. One of the reasons I love running in the evening so much.


Reading power station gleaming in the distance.


Sometimes Tel Aviv can be almost breathtaking.


10k done with a magnificent sunset over the Mediterranean. 

This week’s long run