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“About Me”

I have put up a proper "About Me" page. For some reason, I had neglected to do so before now, but I don't really know why. Regardless, that oversight has been rectified at last....

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Plans For 2014

Happy New Year. If we make them, we face New Year's resolutions with varying degrees of trepidation. This year, I know I am for sure. Time to begin to work towards the self-imposed production deadline: I want the sequel to be available for Christmas 2014. So my planned "break" is finishing. Back to the keyboard....… Continue reading Plans For 2014

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New Year’s Eve

South Beach, Rush, Dublin, Ireland - just before sunset: Happy 2014.

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Literary Likes And Dislikes

Thinking again on South African novelist Alan Paton's having noted how he had disliked a major character in one of his novels (technically, "himself"), I wondered about my own. Which of my characters do I like the most? And which the least? Sorry, uh, I will not answer that outright. 🙂 But I will admit… Continue reading Literary Likes And Dislikes

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Dealing With Prejudice

Sky News, yesterday: Footballer Nicolas Anelka could face an FA investigation after he celebrated a goal with a controversial gesture linked to anti-Semitism in France. These matters tend to play out somewhat predictably nowadays. As of this writing, it seems that footballer has already reached the stage of denying any action that could imperil his… Continue reading Dealing With Prejudice

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The Story Is The Key

If you celebrated, I hope you had a pleasant Christmas. I happened to come across this blog piece recently and bookmarked it for reference. Alexander Nazaryan, last January, in the New York Daily News: ....The truth is, your life is boring. So is mine. So are most lives, which does not make them any less… Continue reading The Story Is The Key

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A Bit Of Christmas Cheer

Landing on Christmas Eve, a bit of Christmas cheer awaits as you walk toward the Underground station lifts: Merry Christmas .... from Terminal 5.

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Religion

I snapped this photograph of Pope Francis at a Wednesday audience in St Peter's Square in September. I am probably the proudest of this photo of any I have ever taken. I still can't believe I took it. Sometimes photographic luck does go a long way: References to religion, and the lack thereof, do appear… Continue reading Religion

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Love Scenes

Yes, yes, there is s-e-x in the novel! There. Okay. So have I gotten your attention? 😉 Presumably, intimacy in a story revolving mostly around 20-somethings is not going to induce reader fainting spells. In one scene in particular, what is going on is obvious. But it is not portrayed in a manner I would… Continue reading Love Scenes

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An Increasingly Distant Time

Today is a terrible anniversary: 25 years ago, on December 21, 1988, Pan Am 103 was blown up in the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. Among the murdered were a group of Syracuse University study-abroad students returning to the U.S. As a university student myself then, Pan Am's destruction made an inestimable impression… Continue reading An Increasingly Distant Time

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Name Your Favorite Author

I find naming a "favorite" author a tough question to answer. My fiction likes have varied over the years. If I think on a novelist I have liked consistently for the longest, probably at the top of my personal favorites list sits Alan Paton (1903-1988), the South African anti-apartheid author of Cry, The Beloved Country,… Continue reading Name Your Favorite Author

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Escaping An Extended Childhood

The other day it was reported American Amanda Knox (who had been convicted in Italy of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia in November 2007, had seen that conviction overturned in 2011, and then saw that overturning itself overturned in March 2013) had sent an email from the U.S. - via her… Continue reading Escaping An Extended Childhood

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Expat Or Immigrant?

NPR is wondering about the difference between "immigrants" and "expats": Project Xpat: When Do You Become An 'Immigrant'? Indeed, what is the difference? Opening the piece, NPR asks a Mr. Horn for his definition; he is a 35 year old American in Kazakhstan "teaching a course called Global Perspectives." Clearly he would have a view,… Continue reading Expat Or Immigrant?

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Inspiration

Here, in mountainous upstate New York, we got about 12 inches (30 cms) of snow last night. Currently, we can't even hope to get down the drive. We're waiting for a plow. While we are, how about a photo? A quiet street in Pléneuf-Val-André, Brittany, taken in summer 2010: A rather different climate. P.S. Thanks… Continue reading Inspiration

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Cover Up

Aside from writing, the toughest call to make is probably settling on a cover. An "eye-catching" cover is vital. Initially, though, I had no idea what I wanted, so choosing one started with a process of eliminating what I felt I did NOT want. I realized almost immediately I did not want models. Frankly, when… Continue reading Cover Up