I spent some time away from home last week, in a manner of speaking. My parents and sister went for a short holiday to the Dutch coast, and I guarded their house while they were away. The house and the cat, that is. It is the place I grew up, in Walferdange, just 8 kilometers south of Lintgen where I live now. So my job last week was cat-sitting and scaring off potential burglars. I do not know if my sole presence really prevented criminal intruders from breaking into the house, luckily the case of emergency was not put to the test.
I won`t leave Luxembourg until end of september, so this was my holidays kind of, not very glamorous I admit. The first two days, a crew of workingman was there, building a new fence, all I had to do was to open the garage for them in the morning, and close it again when they left. The cat behaved as if she was the owner of the estate and supervised them constantly. I` m afraid she doesn`t take me very seriously and sees herself as the property manager in charge of things when my family are away. To her I`m probably just some hired hand, there to provide the food.
Anyway, nothing bad happened, I was busy reading and writing a little (when I was not procratinating) and the cat whas busy doing what cats do (which is not much, from my human point of view).
Some good news from the book front, thanks to the exposure provided by EUPL, there are three transatlation projects of The Mutations confirmed: into Bulgarian (Colibri editions), North Macedonian (Treci Trg) and Serbian (Antholog). A few more requests from other countries have come in, including Albania, where the deal seems to be as good as done, but since it is not a 100% confirmed, I won`t put the name of the editor here.
More good news: My publisher wrote a few days ago from his holidays in Italy: My book is as good as sold out, the second edition will be in print come next week. Sales of my two other books have also increased, with new readers obviously having become aware of my existence.
Right now I`m busy writing a satirical piece for the Luxembourg City magazine „Ons Stad“ which is due to come out in November. I am little behind the deadline, (and my first draft of the article is twice as long as it was supposed to be), there`s still some work to be done, that`s why I must leave you for now and hope you enjoyed the cat content (and maybe even the literary news.)