That Handwritten Past

That Handwritten Past

Am I just ridiculously sentimental? That's probably why I've become a writer. I suppose we all are sentimental in some form or another.

The 2018 National Birthday

The 2018 National Birthday

What Americans celebrate today is not national perfection, but independence as a nation-state.

“Sea lion, you’re in my house”

“Sea lion, you’re in my house”

A “sea lion” fights always to get in the last word ON YOUR SITE; you can't end an exchange, the "sea lion" must.

When You Are @-ed

When You Are @-ed

He thought reading reviews is usually unhelpful to a writer. Bad reviews are likely to discourage you without actually providing much help for future writing; on the other hand reading good ones might go to your head and bring on a sense of complacency.

A Secret Location No More

A Secret Location No More

It had been built in the 1870s by a minor "gentry" family that lived in it until the 1920s. Learning that, suddenly I wasn’t thinking about the 1940s. About now, the writer in me also emerged.

What We “Hear”

What We “Hear”

My first Kindle reader years ago (it was one of Amazon's first Kindles) had the capability to "speak" the text electronically. You may remember, or even still have one.

Gradually…Into Volume 2

Gradually…Into Volume 2

As I go at it again, my now late uncle's words come back to me regularly: “Fiction comes from fact, and lots of fact makes great fiction when you re-write it as fiction." I love it. Come sometime in 2019, I hope you will love this, too.

Within “Ten Minutes”

Within “Ten Minutes”

...and my uncle jumps to my mind and I imagine him lecturing me how this needs to be turned into a screenplay and he knows a screenwriter and she's fantastic and I think yep he always knows a woman and he asks me where did I get those women geez...

For My Fiction

For My Fiction

When I see authors on social media moaning over how their family doesn't want read their books, I find I can only smile.

All The Stories Yet To Be Written

All The Stories Yet To Be Written

I don't think I would have written any of my books as I had if we had not built that house. Spending so much time there after, something about the area drew me into wanting to write about it.

“That an author, in possession of a completed novel…”

“That an author, in possession of a completed novel…”

I find one of the "sneaky" joys in fiction writing is basing characters, or important aspects of them, on living (or once living) people and only you know who he or she "really" is.

The Triangular Alliance

The Triangular Alliance

My wife also laughs to family and friends, "It's a bit of a weird feeling being English and visiting George Washington's or Thomas Jefferson's house."

Our Always Imperfect World

Our Always Imperfect World

As was the case for most of those who came before us (such as those "1787" fictional people above), most of us wish merely to live our lives in peace amongst our families and friends.

The British And The Americans: Beginnings

The British And The Americans: Beginnings

An aside to put the era in some additional context. As the American rebellion was breaking out in 1775, in England one Jane Austen was born that same year and lived until 1817.

That Man On The Mountaintop

That Man On The Mountaintop

I will always fondly remember as well, as we built the house - which is on quite a hill - in the Catskills in 2008-09, my mother pulling me aside and joking, "Oh, you want a house on a mountain too, I see."