I’ve been quiet about the mullet project lately, so feel it’s time for an update.
Over the past couple of years enough people (not to mention newspaper articles and radio interviews both here and in Australia) have persuaded me that the mission would make a good book. So some time ago I decided to write it all down.
The quieter pace of life I have enjoyed down here (thanks to a job that allows for proper work-life balance) has meant it’s been possible to put the last few years’ experiences down on
paper screen, something I just never had the time or energy to do in Inverness.
The story is now written up to the present day, and in the past few weeks I have begun pitching it to literary agents in the hope that they can find me an interested publisher. However the publishing industry is fiercely competitive, so any success will take time. And nothing is guaranteed – there’s a lot of very good, very funny travel writers out there, and I have no idea if I am up to scratch.
But in its current format – using my annual leave to visit an average of one country a year – the mission is very slow, expensive and unsustainable. The remaining mullets are in Canada, the USA, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Falkland Islands, New Zealand and Albania, and it would take an agonisingly long time to finish it off on that basis. Given that I keep inadvertently discovering new ones, I could be a pensioner before I get round them all. And frankly I want my life back.
I have reached the conclusion that I am going to have to take the plunge and just finish it off with one big round the world trip over several months. This does of course involve quitting my job, and so just the other day I notified work of my likely intention to this. Now I’ve done that I feel I can go “public” about my provisional plan to head off travelling in September.
It’s not all as simple as getting my P45 and packing a bag, however. There’s also the small matter of money. And how long I travel for, and on what route. And what I do when I come back. And where I come back to. And just how safe is Haiti?
Much thinking and planning to do over the coming months.