A rubber duck in Victoria harbor - bizarre!
It’s been a hard week here in Hong Kong – it is nearly the height of the summer now, so very hot.
My friends and family in the UK are always complaining about the economy, the weather, the politicians, the bad TV, the expensive restaurants and the poor service everywhere – and then about the economy again.
I do consider myself lucky to live in Hong Kong. The economy is strong and people generally (expats and locals) have a much more positive attitude to life, the universe and everything.
As a writing community we are also lucky. Many famous writers live here, some teach in on the creative writing programmes of the Universities. There are a couple of active writers groups who are both supportive and informative.
Most writers I know here adopt the J.K. Rowling model – writing in starbucks! Living spaces here are very expensive – and very small and cramped, so the coffee shops are full of students (in Hong Kong students are VERY diligent) doing their homework – businessmen having meetings – and the occasional writer.
I guess Hong Kong achieved notoriety for a few short days recently when Edward Snowden stayed here while shopping around for asylum. He stayed at the Mira hotel – a hotel I visit regularly, but I did not see him.
Now that the giant rubber duck (see picture) has gone from Victoria Harbour there is not really much exciting going on here.
Oh well, back to the writing. I have started on the second novel in my ‘Asian Intrigue’ series. Did you know that a lot of gold is smuggled out of the Philippines and ends up in China (via the Hong Kong)? Well, there is – and my story is about that, and the surprising spy agencies involved and the unsavoury characters they use to achieve their questionable objectives.
In the meantime, my relaunched novel Deadly Election now has more than 20 reviews – an amazing total in so short a time. Here are some brief details of the book – click the cover to go to the Amazon page:
As usual - the blog would not be complete without the cats! - a duck is no substitute! I have promised many readers that I will not go another week without fur - so here they are: If you have trouble relaxing - try watching this cute cats parade video - it works for me. click here for cats video
Meet the author
Arthur Crandon is a lawyer, the boring office kind, not the exciting (and much better paid) courtroom type. He worked as a solicitor for a while before embarking on an interesting life overseas. He has spent most of his time in recent years in South East Asia, more recently in Hong Kong. Before that, Arthur lived and worked in the Philippine Islands.
He loves to fish, and play the piano – but spends most of his time writing, eating, drinking and sleeping
– usually, but not always, in that order.
His first book, Deadly Election, draws on his strange imagination and his
experiences, together with those of others, in a land that, beneath a veneer of civilisation, operates like the Wild West and is very
dangerous to innocent and gullible foreigners.
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