Much to my surprise, it turns out that London was more of a paradise for books than Hay-on-Wye was. I went a little crazy…and sent back two boxes of books to Los Angeles from my binges at Foyles, Murder One, and a bunch of other bookshops. I also went into a frenzy buying DVD boxed sets of British TV shows, like the complete series of THE SWEENEY, which is worth the purchase price for the extras alone. I had to restrain myself from buying the complete SAINT and RETURN OF THE SAINT boxed sets, too.
Yesterday morning, I finally stopped my shopping spree. Some production personnel from Germany flew in from Cologne to meet with me and go over production details on my movie/pilot, then we took a long walk in the cold and rain through the city. Last night I got some take-out Chinese, sat in my hotel room, and worked on my MONK book. I would have liked to take in a show while I was here, but there just wasn’t time…and it would have felt a little odd going alone.
In an hour, I am getting on a flight to Stockholm and next Saturday, finally, I will be returning home. Three weeks is too long to be away from my family.