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WRITING IN BRIGHTON


 Brighton? As in Brighton on the south coast of England where the Victorians went to the seaside? Home of the Royal Pavilion, regency hotels and Edwardian architecture? Yup. That’s where I am.

In fact, I’m in one of those “sea front” hotels with two bay windows looking down on the Engish Chanel, the broad cobble beach and the four mile long promenade. Off to the left is the Brighton Pier with its ferris wheel, merry-go-round and normal seaside business and attaractions. Fortunately it’s far enough away that I don’t smell the fish & chips stands.

So what am I doing here? I’m writing. I’m doing some touch up on Artful Dodgers: Fraud and Foolishness in the Art Market and the Proposal for publication along with four sample chapters that has been solicited by four literary agents. I’m also writing several sections of Persistence of Enigma: The Unbelievable Salvador Dali Market.

The question on the table remains, so why here? Why now? Well, it all stems from a good plan that turned out not to be so good. Bureaucracy intervened.

Our adopted son Gelek Passang, whom we put through law school in Bangalore, India, received scholarships to do his Masters Degree at Bangor University in Wales. I flew to London on the 21st to meet him when he arrived and drive him to Wales introducing him to British culture on the way and buying him warmer clothes than he ever needed in South India.

When his student visa didn’t arrive from the British High Commissioner, I drove up to Oxford for a couple of nights and visited with my nephew Christopher Huff who is doing a PhD at Hertford College. When there was further delay, I drove down to Brighton where after two days of lashing rains, it is at last sunny and beautiful. The weather did not keep me from walking 3-4 miles a day, but now my walks will be dryer and more enjoyable.

When not walking, I write. I am looking upon this unexpected time as a gift that will help me move ahead with the books and other projects that need my attention. On Sunday I’ll fly to Paris to spend several days doing research there and in Switzerland into the production and marketing of Dali bronzes. October 5 I’ll fly back to New Mexico to enjoy what is left of the most beautiful time of the year. What can I say? It’s just the life of the ARTPRO-ON-THE-GO.