And Always Writing Remains

I am now still on Facebook-owned Instagram and enjoy it, as I like photography and social interaction - which is what I had thought I was signing up for in joining it - until I suppose I will not be there either...

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Christmas is now well and truly nearly upon us. However, writers are always writing... and - nowadays - tweeting too...

We Should Be Grateful We’re Flying…But Still…

True, the cabin might not have been perfectly comfortable. We do have it so much easier in terms of travel than those of centuries' past, of course.

“Just going out for a drink with her, dear”

As a romantic fiction author, I could not resist addressing this here. This NYT article is primarily about a survey regarding attitudes when it comes to people interacting and socializing with those of the opposite sex . . . who aren't their spouses: It being Twitter there as well, quickly matters moved into snarks about …

Word Of Mouth (And Online, Too)

We are back from Puerto Rico. Yesterday, my wife stepped into Tiger Lily Jewelers here in Windham to have a link added to a watch. The woman in the shop did it for free. My wife wanted to give her something for payment. The woman wouldn't take anything. She asked my wife just to tell …

“Why are you all saying ‘Casablanca’ so funny?”

While I'm here in the Catskills, Mrs. Nello is on a short trip to Morocco on airline business. She'd never been to the country before; and I've never been either. Based on what she's seen of it so far, she told me by Facetime last night, she thought I'd like it. The destination for her …

As An Author, You Don’t Like Amazon?…

...Well, fine. You don't like Amazon. But you take it out on readers? A top of the hour news update earlier on Classic FM shared with us that some author - I won't name him: I'm not interested in giving the person a "nod" even on my site here - is not releasing ALL of …

Travel Day

A quick post. My wife just arrived in Cape Town on business. She sent me this photo a little while ago from her hotel room: And I am flying to the United States later today for a ten day visit. Hopefully, I'll see you on "here" next from "over there." Take care and all the …

The Plane To Lisbon

I drove my wife to London's Luton Airport RIDICULOUSLY early. Hence, this even earlier than usual blog post. She is going to Lisbon for two days for work. Yes, sometimes life requires us to tackle challenges such as....going to and through Luton Airport. (Ahhhhhhhh!) It's being updated, so is, basically, construction chaos right now. Hopefully …

“Bond” Can’t Just Jet Off To Mecca Because You Want Him To

Yesterday, spy novelist Jeremy Duns - creator of the Paul Dark novels - shared this discovery on Twitter: It's a "James Bond" novel. However, there's just one small problem with it: The "Bond" character, created by Ian Fleming, who died in 1964, is still in most jurisdictions protected by copyright. You cannot just self-publish a …

I Almost Relocated Yesterday….

...and in saying that I don't mean moved here to Tenerife permanently. I'm referring to having almost stopped posting to this web site. In preparation to do so, I had already created a new blog home over at Tumblr: Why? Because I'd had certain "technical difficulties" since Tuesday. They were related to my rjnello-dot-com domain. …

Avoid Social Media Junksters

As you know, I don't usually post twice here in one day; but I wanted to share this in a timely manner. Three accounts followed me on Twitter at some time earlier today. I noticed them a little more than an hour ago. Three sudden new followers out of the blue all about the same …

Dining At A Shake Shack

Sir Salman Rushdie yesterday. Now this. You can't say I don't give it my best to be as varied and unpredictable on here as reasonably possible. 😉 Driving back to our house from my dad's on Monday, we detoured to shop a bit at Woodbury Common, a huge outlet center in upstate New York, just …

It’s Not Just About Enjoying “Downton Abbey”

The other day, we had a vital Amazon delivery: It arrived while I had been doing bits of work around the house. My London-born wife was out. That's one of her preferred teas here in the U.S. Later that same day, she joined me in watching a DVD she'd bought me for Christmas: A&E's film …

“I enjoyed this book….”

I saw this yesterday on Google+ (via Adele Archer and DL Keur). It's a link to a Grimace and Giggle piece by author Russ Linton. He writes on Amazon's "cracking down" on reviews written by those with a so-called "established relationship" with the author: A year and a half ago I noted how ugly I …

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