In Search Of “Hygge”

In Search Of “Hygge”

In the context of all of that, naturally I thought of a Danish long-time girlfriend.

Back To Bach

Back To Bach

Another weekend is upon us. The wider world out there is, as always, full of happenings none of us probably can have the slightest impact upon. However, here is information you may perhaps truly find personally useful, from Pacific Standard Magazine: ...newly published research ... finds women perceive men as more attractive and desirable when [...]

On Vieques Island

On Vieques Island

Continuing our two week Puerto Rico "adventure," on Wednesday we flew from San Juan here to Vieques Island (just off Puerto Rico's east coast) by Cessna prop plane: Yes, really. We had last been on planes like that in Australia and New Zealand years ago. I'm always a bit apprehensive about them - the one [...]

Daily Mail Decides To “Ask The Americans”

Daily Mail Decides To “Ask The Americans”

The Mail has been out researching Americans' opinions about their lives here in Britain. Get ready. Let's have some Friday fun: I'll address my fellow Americans' points in order. Here we go. To start: 'In London, the following factors usually determine your ability to connect with others - your accent, your secondary school, and your [...]

Living With A Legacy

Living With A Legacy

Emma has returned from a summer in Charleston, South Carolina. She has written various posts detailing how she'd had a wonderful time. We've been there, too; Charleston is definitely a gorgeous city. Now, she tackles THAT question: I think this is one of the things I’ve heard the most when I was in the U.S. [...]

A Tragedy And A Communion

A Tragedy And A Communion

I prefer to keep this site mostly as a "refuge" from "the world" - to talk about writing, books (including, uh, yes, my own), travel, culture, and other life matters, in a friendly and intimate manner - and to leave (usually divisive) current events and (mostly bad) news for others on the net. Sometimes, though, [...]

Where Northern Europeans Gather

Where Northern Europeans Gather

Wandering around yesterday, I thought about my late uncle. He loved Spain. It fascinated him: This part of it (where he'd never been) really would have intrigued him, but perhaps not entirely in "a good way." Here in the Canaries, this island of Tenerife - it's volcanic - is largely dusty and treeless. However, it [...]

At This Journey’s End

At This Journey’s End

Hello. I'm typing this on March 11 mid-afternoon here at a lounge in Newark Airport (in New Jersey), a few hours before our flight back to the UK. I think it'll make for blog post on arrival "home" in England. Around us on the sofas and chairs in the busy room are assorted people, some [...]

It’s Not Just About Enjoying “Downton Abbey”

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 [...]

“Hey, that’s my movie!”

“Hey, that’s my movie!”

Perhaps you care more about this sort of thing when you actually create something that's yours. The idea of your work being stolen is, frankly, a nightmare. And that is why there is something called "copyright." The Guardian newspaper's reader comments on Ms. Sanon's reaction are intriguing. Yes, some wrote that she had a right [...]

Available From November 29

....on paperback and for Kindle: And available for pre-order now for Kindle at.... ....and at other Amazons worldwide. This "sticky post" will be up until shortly after that 29th. Unless I decide to take it down before, of course. The reason for it is I just wanted to prominently reshare the full cover and the [...]

Our Censorious Era (“How dare you write that”)

Our Censorious Era (“How dare you write that”)

Following on from that post the other day on For Such a Time, I've read here and there about accusations of "racism," "privilege," and "Western cultural arrogance" in "romance" and "young adult" literature. That's not an easy subject to address in a blog post. However, authoring as I do for adults (and not for children), [...]

No, It’s Not About “Political Correctness”

No, It’s Not About “Political Correctness”

I had not heard of this novel.... ....until reading this article by author Warren Adler in the Daily Beast: The recent flap over the romance novel For Such a Time, whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor, has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds [...]

Hatreds On The Pages

Hatreds On The Pages

Do you write "angry?" I try not to. However, I will admit there are times when I let loose. I have all too often sat in front of my PC or Microsoft Surface, found myself feeling infuriated, and slammed keys and took it out on the pages. Briefly, I'd feel better, yes. But after I [...]

Friday ’80s Musical Interlude

Friday ’80s Musical Interlude

As we know, fictional characters say (or think) what is obvious to them, but what is also not necessarily clear to us. Often we're "eavesdropping" on them as well. So at any given moment we may know more than they do, or know less. It all depends: Incorporating subtle references to the 1990s and the [...]