こんにちわ！It’s a bank holiday weekend over here and while that should mean sunshine, beaches and cocktails, in reality it’s grey skies and days in watching films and nursing hangovers. And writing my book. Yes, you read that right! People have been telling me for ages that I should publish something and so I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and spend monstrous amounts of time burning the midnight oil writing all about my year in Japan. You’ve had little snippets on this blog already of course, but rather than simply package up the posts into print form I’m going to write a whole load of other material to compliment them; more anecdotes, more observations and (hopefully) more laughs. I would have done it earlier but I wasn’t really sure how. After starting to write a book about an awful piece of software called Remedyforce, which I seem to have become an expert in thanks to being a Yes Man at work, I soon realised that writing about something I hate using was probably not very conducive to good health. I stopped, and then a few weeks later, started writing about one of the most incredible years of my life. And do you know what? I’m really, really enjoying it. It’s making me nostalgic 24/7. Japan is never far from my mind anyway – I’m always listening to Japanese podcasts, watching Japanese films, studying Japanese on my commute, eating Japanese foods – but writing the book is bringing back all the thoughts and feelings I had before and during my time there. It’s making me grateful I went, and it’s making me long to go again.
Now if I can only write a best-seller, maybe I can quit the day-job and spend the rest of my life living in foreign countries and writing about it. Not that I’m getting carried away or anything.