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(International) Friends

I was not going to write anything for another novel for at least six months. But when an idea hits, you have to write it down... because otherwise it may vanish from your mind never to be heard from again.

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Pre-Birthday London

My birthday present.

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Have You Ever Felt Like “An Idiot?”

After seeing that "Best Picture," and skimming the online reviews about how "great" it is, I sat there last night seriously thinking this novel I'm finishing should probably be my last...

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The Americans In The Shires

"What do you think of Meghan?" I was recently asked by a woman barber. "She's a harmless actor now playing the role of a lifetime," I chuckled...

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Visions Of The Future

What this program is to me is yet another reminder as to why I groan at dystopic visions of the future; I consider them dangerous particularly to kids' and teenagers' life outlooks.

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Oh, Daenerys

I have never been gripped by tales set in murky purportedly kinda ancient Celtic or Scandinavian locales, where magic pops up, that are populated by people wearing furs who look like they haven't ever cut or even combed their hair, or washed in the last decade...

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What Do You Think They Know?

Occasionally the American featured celebrity tracing his/her family tree comes across as - much as I hate to say this - worryingly clueless about wider history and lives lived prior to the present.

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On The Bookshelves

I didn’t ask, but I’m thinking some are “his” books and some are “hers.” If you are not yet in a “live-in” relationship, you need to know this, because it’s important: when you end up living permanently with a “special someone,” their books will likely come with them.

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What Price Is Yours?

Being pursued by the head of a major film studio desperate to buy the rights to your book would be "a problem" most writers would love to have.

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Our Modern “Gods And Goddesses”

When we write, we have to employ everything at our disposal. Whether one writes a comic book, or a novel, a writer must be fearless. As a consequence, we may well be uncomfortable at times with what we create...

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“That’s our boy!”

I'm not a Spurs fan like a REAL Spurs fan. I do like them as a London team and enjoyed the chance to see Kane play. He will be Sir Harry Kane someday, I'm sure.

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“Robert’s books about France, I’m talking with him…”

Recently I turned down an interview request from a US podcaster because I felt that I could not do full justice to her suggested main subject. I didn't think it would be fair talking with her merely for the sake of just talking - even if doing that might in some ways perhaps have been usefully self-promotional.

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Not A Kids’ Game

I suppose as a result I have been rewarded to learn I have had readers from not only in the US, Britain, and France, and elsewhere in Europe, but also in South America, India, and the Middle East - Lebanon, especially - and other places.

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Out To The Ball Game

Cricket and baseball may have evolved from the same source(s), but they are now distinctive games and are in fact national cultural emblems of sorts.

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“I had arrived at long last”

Here's a suggestion of something to try if you are one of those and still claim you don't know what you want to write about.