All The Books That Would Not Be

All The Books That Would Not Be

The "Don't shop with Amazon, shop with small businesses" mantra is unsurprisingly all over the place on (amusingly usually controlled by other giant corporations, such as Facebook) social media. Amazon is now deemed its seems practically the fount of all evil. However, I am going to choose briefly to be something of a contrarian here on that subject in at least a narrow sense, and being one is not new to me...

A Massive Influence

He was a massive influence in persuading me to develop the courage to write.

To Be Remembered

To Be Remembered

Someone has been with me for what, this autumn, will be (I hope) my sixth novel since 2012-2013. She has the patience of a saint. LOL!

What He “Said”

What He “Said”

The internet is full of writing advice. Frankly, when it comes to advice and examples to follow, I look mostly to truly accomplished authors.

232 Years Ago…

232 Years Ago…

Briefly considering the events of July 14, 1789 and those that immediately followed, only months after that day...

The Creating

The Creating

I would not want any editor anywhere near me who believed anything approaching either, because clearly we are coming at this writing fiction thing from largely differing and even irreconcilable perspectives.

Maybe I Need The Mari-jah-wah-na?

Maybe I Need The Mari-jah-wah-na?

Maybe I should partake of some of what a great aunt called "the mari-jah-wah-na" that I was such a square I would never try when I was young and actually sensible? Would that relax me?

If Anyone Learns Anything

If Anyone Learns Anything

I refuse to assume readers cannot (or do not wish to) learn. If anyone learns anything from what they read of the writing, I feel I have accomplished something worthwhile...

A Perpetual Horizon

A Perpetual Horizon

The observance of US (self-declared) independence day on July 4 always feels like something of an odd day here in the United Kingdom...

Forgotten: How To Be A Gentleman?

Forgotten: How To Be A Gentleman?

What I see out there of this is so many apparently smug men actually with nothing about which to be smug, and I cringe in embarrassment as a man reading the garbage such men post...

Are You Engaged?

Are You Engaged?

Am I an "influencer"? LOL! I am certainly not a 22 year old woman. Yet maybe I am having more "influence" than I had thought?

(Dealing With) The Inevitable Punch(es) In The Face

(Dealing With) The Inevitable Punch(es) In The Face

A writer must NEVER publicly challenge a bad review. NEVER. NEVER. NEVER.

I Am Not A Killer

I Am Not A Killer

I am NOT deciding "Character A" will die, but merely state if we are witnessing "Character A" die.

Readers Around The Globe

Readers Around The Globe

Writing for a public audience is now in ways perhaps more "intimidating" than ever - because anyone in the world can be reading it within seconds.

Samples Do Tell A Story

Samples Do Tell A Story

An Amazon search for the author quickly turned up the book. In more detail, I saw it is set starting in "1786" and features a well-to-do family in rural England. Immediately I thought I had to check this out.