I Have Lived Today

By Steve Moore

It was September 5, 1994, on a bright, breezy morning in my hometown of Lowestoft, England, when I packed my backpack for the very first time. I was headed to Australia for 12 months with a two-week stop in Bali, Indonesia on the way. And Bali was where my wanderlusting nomadic lifestyle began.

Book reading and presentation
I Have Lived Today
By Steve Moore
Fri, Nov 7, 5pm
Garrison and Garrison bookstore
Plaza Artesanal Bicentenario
Hidalgo 26

Since that spectacular adventure I’ve now spent 12 of the last 20 years abroad and the wanderlust is stronger than ever. But after 49 countries, even nomads need a home base, right? After discovering San Miguel, at last I’ve found it.

Previously, when I wasn’t gallivanting around the globe, I could usually be found teaching ESL in South Korea. My fiancée, the freelance journalist Leslie Patrick, and I were there last year, loving life and enjoying our work, and it’s where I started writing my first novel, I Have Lived Today. The reason I started writing a novel? When I first met Leslie, wanting to impress her I told her I was a writer too. “Oh yeah, what do you write?” she asked. “Erm, nothing,” I replied. “Why don’t you write a novel, then,” she said. So I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Here’s how it works: You write 1,666 words per day during November, and at the end you have 50,000 words, the length of The Great Gatsby. And that’s how this whole project started out for me. I discovered a passion for writing, and have since started writing about my travels and the book writing process on my blog, “Twenty First Century Nomad.” (www.twentyfirstcenturynomad.com).

Our time in Korea came to an end and we were ready to begin our next nomadic adventure. First we spent three and a half months on the island of Koh Yao Noi, Thailand, followed by two weeks in Cambodia, two months in Australia, two months in Indonesia, and two and a half months in Paris, following in the footsteps of two of our literary heroes, Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Montmartre was a great setting to push on with my novel.

Now, 18 months after leaving Korea, we’ve bought our first home together in San Miguel and being in such inspirational surroundings, my novel is at last finished. It’s the culmination of a dream, to self-publish my first novel, and it’s thrilling. We had a book launch party at Terrazza Nena last week, and tonight, November 7, at 5pm, we’re having a reading event, hosted by the Garrison and Garrison bookstore. As a debut novelist this couldn’t be more exciting for me.

The novel itself, what with all the travelling and other work commitments, has taken almost two years to finish. Sometimes life just gets in the way, doesn’t it? Over the course of the last year and a half, I’ve worked on the book in 11 different countries, but it seems very appropriate to have finally finished it here in San Miguel, the perfect home base for a couple of perpetual nomads.

My novel is available on Kindle via Amazon, or paperback via Createspace, and 10 percent of all royalties will be donated to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a UK-based charity. My next writing project will be a travelogue, documenting some of my amazing experiences around the globe, and after that, a follow-up novel to I Have Lived Today.


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