I’m Gonna Write Till I Die

This extract does not do this Kate Colby post full justice. However, an extract of hers rarely does. Click over: she always makes us think, so it is worth reading in its entirety: ...I’ve spent several sleepless nights reading and re-reading the perfectly poetic prose of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. I’ve spent many an afternoon curled …

“Just keep going”

I've had various jobs over the years in academia and in business. I've never been especially "fragile." I've always been confident about my skills and what I bring to the table. But throw that out the window the instant you take up something creative, such as fiction writing. No matter what you've done before, what …

“Just write that Austria lost”

Long-time singer/ performer Madonna has readily admitted she's interested in "being provocative and pushing people's buttons." Presumably this rates as another effort at being so. The Guardian: ....Speaking to French radio station Europe 1 in an interview ... Madonna said “antisemitism is at an all-time high” in France and elsewhere in Europe, and likened the …

Canary Surprise

My wife received an email yesterday from a former neighbo(u)r of ours. She's flying to the Canary Islands today. She and her husband are selling a holiday flat they've owned there for several decades. In the message she explained to Mrs. Nello that she's taking Frontiers (the paperback) along. (She doesn't do Kindle.) She wrote …

Novelist Uncle Is In The Building

Well, I had an email exchange with my uncle last night. He knows now about my books completely - including my pen name and what underscores the stories. The mask is off. I can't reproduce much of his note back to me. Lots of it is family stuff. But these extracts should give you the …

Creating Mayhem As Midnight Approaches

After several days of thinking hard about it, I took the HUGE decision at last: yes, I would finally tell my novelist uncle in America that I've written (and I'm still writing) novels under a pen name. What pushed me over the edge was asking myself, "Suppose he were to pass away and I never …

Sneak Peek: “Are you a Parisian?”

Happy Friday! Good Morning!: I've been writing lots in recent days. There are just those times it "flows" and you find you just keep "going with it." It's sorta like being on a "winning streak" in sports. (Thus decidedly unlike England's current World Cup cricket team's experience.) When you find yourself "in the zone" you …

“In the lobby of the Savoy….”

I've detected a pattern in myself post-publications. I can't look at the books for some time afterwards, probably because I've been so swallowed up by them for over a year while writing them. But after a few weeks working on a follow up, simultaneously I start to re-read its predecessor. Writing is draining. My own …

More Late 20th Century Paris Photos

I'm glad a bunch of you liked yesterday's post. I've now about finished going through those 1990s 35mm photographs - sifting through them for any that might serve as cover art for the 3rd novel. Of course I won't use nearly all of them: they may be good shots, but aren't appropriate for the books. …

The Most Attractive Accent In The World?

The U.K.'s Independent newspaper reports a poll of "11,000 people" surveyed in "24 cities around the world" found that "a British accent is the most attractive accent in the world": More than a quarter of respondents preferred a UK accent with people in Paris, New York and Sydney the most keen, The Time Out Global …

Genève Aéroport

On Saturday, our ski week in France sadly ended. As all good things do. 😦 We flew back to London from Geneva, Switzerland - which is about an hour's drive from where we'd stayed in La Clusaz. Geneva Airport isn't huge. It feels rather "dated" as well. However, it also has corridors covered with wall …

Connections

In having posted back on Wednesday about those "ghosts" in our lives, one aspect of remembering deserves expanding: it is, we know, music. It stays with us. In many respects, our lives' passage is marked by a "soundtrack." I had one of those experiences sitting in a small restaurant at lunchtime. During our meal, a "background …

The Ghosts In Our Lives

I got an email yesterday from our former neighbo(u)r in Christchurch, Dorset. Sad news. Another neighbo(u)r, a widowed, later 80s-something Swiss woman we'd all known, died quietly in her sleep at home the other night. She had been ill for some time, so her death wasn't a huge surprise. But her passing prompted me into …

That 800 Pound Gorilla On The Bookshelf

The film adaptation for that book is out shortly. Everyone, uh, brace yourselves (if that is the best way to put it). Fashion/ style/ culture writer Lisa Lo Paro tweets plainly as to what she thinks: And she details why at that Rant Chic link: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson’s Comments About Filming ‘Fifty Shades …

Coping With Textus Tinyus

I didn't wear reading glasses before writing Passports. Although I do suspect now that I probably could have used them before. Since 2013-14, though, I have noticed my reading sight has deteriorated a bit more: it's probably at least partly due to all the time in front of a screen. Having some fun, I gave "Virginie" …

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