Cafe society, alive and well in Paris

July 1:

so French!

Sunday morning. As we sat at outside at our favorite cafe, fellow aspiring writers happened by and joined us for discussion of the Paris Writer’s Workshop that finished up on Friday evening.  I’d like to think that in another time this might have been Hemingway and his cohorts. The  smoking (now only allowed outside), espresso, croissants and the tiny cafe table used as much for conversation and camaraderie would be the same. Such is Paris.

Street music

We have just spent an intense week, writing, reading and critiquing manuscripts. We are on a high. The feedback we’ve gotten on our work couldn’t have been more encouraging. We met individually with one workshop leader who discussed publishing options. She immediately focused on the film potential for The Long Road to Paris. Goodness, should we say No? We look forward to working with her. Maybe, just maybe.

Sunday flowers

Then there was our meeting with a US literary agent. She had read the first chapter of Night Watch (she was supposed to read just 10 pages, but told us she couldn’t stop!) and asked for the completed manuscript. She gave us her card. We know it’s just the first step, but a big one.

So, we had to admit we haven’t finished this manuscript- she said, “send it as soon as you have it done.” We are already back at work, plotting,writing, rewriting. We have three weeks here in Paris to work and will finish this once back in North Carolina. Our friends there may not see a lot of us in the next few weeks. OK, make that months and maybe our winter sailing trip (research you know) will be postponed.  We need to follow-up on our end before this obviously very astute agent finds other writers and manuscripts that appeal to her and our names fade from her memory. We’d love to have it finished by the holidays-that’s Thanksgiving or Christmas-not 4th of July or Labor Day!

rue Cler, Sunday morning

Now to solve one of the mundane but critical technical problems. Our Cannon printer, the portable one, isn’t working. I’d like to blame the US Air since the trip to Paris was so bad on that flight, but actually I don’t know. Tomorrow we’ll make a trip to Darty, the French version of Best Buys and hopefully get a new one. We need this to go on with the story.

More from Paris as we go.


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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3 Responses to Cafe society, alive and well in Paris

  1. TBC says:

    Yes, café society, Midnight in Paris, Cup-A-Joe, all wonderful places to talk about any manner of subjects.

    We miss you at our own, local, café society. Lots of irreverent comments, some new faces to add to the frivolity.

    Again, wonderful about the interest n=in the two books. We’ll be cheering you on and hope it all fructifies!



  2. TBC says:

    And about that street musician? I laughed when I saw him. Take a look at a photograph I did in 2008 at

    Look familiar?

    • ejhowle23 says:

      I wonder if he even changes his clothes! Amazing, but not really. This is Paris and some things don’t change. At least we are not suffering with the weather (so far!).

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