East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The case of the Belbo crocodile and other news


So, yesterday I announced I’d take five days off.
In the following 12 hours…

1 . I was hit with an urgent translation job for an important client (”I want it for yesterday”)
2 . I found out Project:GWANGI (don’t ask, it’s Top Secret) is live and I need to get some stuff ready by Monday.


3 . Learned that the local police and wildlife service are hunting along the river Belbo, looking for a runaway crocodile – which, hot on the heels of the illegal car wrecking operation that was busted two weeks back along the same river, and the bit about the guy that interrupted a service in church shouting he was from the Vatican Secret Services and was dragged away and locked up in the loon bin, means those BUSCAFUSCO stories keep writing themselves.

And really, these are not bad news at all – paid jobs, story ideas, Big Things coming…
Sort of makes me think I should take a vacation more often.
But anyway, things are back to HECTIC as usual.
And it’s a good thing.
This writing business is crazy.

And tonight we turn the clock back one hour – which will mess my already messed up circadian rhythms.
Vacation, I said. Five days off, I said…


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “The case of the Belbo crocodile and other news

  1. You know, for what you always seem to describe as a boring little backwater town, Castlenuovo Belbo gets a lot of strange, illegal action going on. 😉

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  2. Yeah, you’ve got a point there.

    And I’d still like to know where the hell it escaped FROM…………


    • The newspapers say it’s a runaway pet of someone in the area with more money than sense.
      A few years back, a boa constrictor had escaped one of these rich men’s manageries.


  3. Well it’s nice to know that the USA doesn’t have a monopoly on rich assholes. LOL!!!


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