John Lewis!

John Lewis!

If you read WordPress blogs you usually see ads at the bottom of a post. We, the bloggers, have no control over those ads (that I'm aware of). They are bought by advertisers to appear on WordPress generally. Frankly, many I've seen are just awful. They look at times like cheapo nonsense at best. They [...]

Welcoming All Readers

Welcoming All Readers

I'm discovering that joining Instagram was one of the better social media moves I've made. It's quick and visual, and we all do like that. I should've signed up to it ages ago. Thus how we learn. Using Instagram has also reinforced something else to me. Instagram is mostly photos, whereas a blog like this [...]

The Unpredictable Visitors

The Unpredictable Visitors

That "Fun With New Zealand's Flag" post - from the (northern hemisphere) summer of 2015 - has in the last few days brought in tons of Kiwi visitors. It continues to do so. Until it suddenly "reappeared" within my "top visits" post list, frankly I'd almost forgotten about it. I am no "expert" on New [...]

Geography Questions (With No Incorrect Answers)

Good morning! A group participation post. Don't you just hate those? Don't groan, I won't be going around "the room" looking to each of you individually, putting you on the spot. No need to avert your eyes or slide down in your chair; there are no wrong answers to these two simple questions. You may [...]

Don’t Think You Aren’t Missed

Don’t Think You Aren’t Missed

Ahem. While I've got your attention, I'd like to say this. I think it needs saying. I admit it, I can become "attached." If I don't see posts for too long from those I check regularly, I find I feel a bit down. I wonder, where did you go? Is something wrong? If you are [...]

I Think It’s All Correct Now

I Think It’s All Correct Now

Authoring and social media - inseparable these days. Getting them right is really important. My main social media links on the final page of Distances - published only a month ago - have always been correct: But I had changed my Twitter "handle" to my name - "rjnello" - a few months ago. I'd known [...]

I Can “Like” That At Last!

I Can “Like” That At Last!

As you may know, this blog has been the center of my authoring universe since my very first post back in (what seems so long ago) 2013. I'm only (again) starting to come to grips with my official Facebook page, which has been up a few months. Up to now, Facebook has really been mostly [...]

Vanished “Stars”

Vanished “Stars”

With the flick of a switch, Twitter changed an entire social media convention that had arisen since the site opened: the favorite "star" has been replaced suddenly by a "heart." As you know if you visit here regularly, my mother and my crime novelist uncle both died in October. So I've not been using Twitter [...]

In Shock

In Shock

On Wednesday, it was discovered that my mother, who had recently developed hypothyroidism that was being treated, had something far worse that had gone totally undetected: what appears almost certainly to be cancer, likely lymphoma. She is in the hospital. Naturally, we don't know what will happen next. We do know we are at the [...]

Blogs I Follow

Blogs I Follow

I got a bit of a shock the other day in the form of an automatic WordPress email informing me an aunt-in-law here in England had followed this blog by email. She already knew about my site. It's just I'm surprised that - out of the blue - she has subscribed. I get many interesting [...]

Across The 3rd Novel Finish Line

Across The 3rd Novel Finish Line

The finish is no longer somewhere off in the, uh, nebulous "distance." It's done. The draft Distances manuscript is finished: And, whew, in a way I am about finished now, too. I crossed the finish line yesterday afternoon. After I did, I sat for a few moments staring at the computer screen in semi-disbelief. What [...]

“Can’t You See I’m Trying To Write A Blog Post?”

“Can’t You See I’m Trying To Write A Blog Post?”

I've got that cat in my lap now: I give up. I won't get a post written right now. However, the cat-sitting duties end today. Have a good Monday. 🙂

“Chaque mercredi soir”

“Chaque mercredi soir”

I got quite a bit of inspiration over the last few days. So I want to get on and write. No "big" blog post this morning. But this is probably much better anyway. I thought I'd share it with you: Parisian Audrey Lisquit's blog. As she describes it: C’est une petite pépite déposée chaque mercredi [...]

A Heartfelt “Thanks”

A Heartfelt “Thanks”

Everything can seem fine. Daily work and life proceeds. We may feel we've got it *mostly* under control.... "But then you come walking into a room, and my mind goes somewhere else." ~ James (in Frontiers) Indeed and then we're jolted into reflecting. Amidst all of the hundreds of postings to date here, I have [...]

Politically Speaking…. Let’s Not

Politically Speaking…. Let’s Not

As you may know, there will be a British general (meaning United Kingdom wide) election on May 7. We will shortly find out if Prime Minister David Cameron (who heads a coalition government led by his Conservatives allied with a smaller "centrist" party called the Liberal Democrats), will run the British government for another five [...]