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Newsletter #40: November 2003

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* From the Home Office *

November is always a bit of a blah month in Paris, as the weather turns from crisp to downright cold. I’m still holed up in the South of France, trying to finish my guidebook for the November 30 deadline. Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate. Torrential rains caused one of the stone supporting walls in our terraced garden to collapse over the weekend. So we had to beg our local builder Marcel to come and fix it before the rest of the garden slides down the hill into our neighbor’s pool. We stole him away from our neighbor Monica, another American travel writer, who’s been trying to get Marcel to start some work for her since spring. Monica is also trying to finish up a guide — on Italy — and she is quite a bit behind deadline. She told me her editor has threatened to break off her legs if she didn’t come up with the book, pronto. Think of us, dear readers, next time you find a factual error or misspelling in a travel guide. We don’t …

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