Recalling Old “Friends”

Recalling Old “Friends”

Don't think we did not joke about this back then ourselves: Living as I did then in a New York City suburb, I recall my "friends" and I even then laughing about the absurd size of the characters' Manhattan apartments...

Sinatra On 45

Sinatra On 45

Some Sunday morning pop music fun. Friends of ours - the husband, specifically - outside of Bristol have a huge collection of old LPs and 45s dating back many decades. We arrived at their house yesterday evening to find Frank Sinatra greeting us on their record player: Spinning there is Sinatra's Come Fly With Me [...]

“Hold on, it’ll come to me: We met that time in Malta, right?”

“Hold on, it’ll come to me: We met that time in Malta, right?”

While, yes, I do point to "personal" matters on here and other "public" social media, I usually do so as an adjunct to what's in my novels. Something that might surprise you: I'm not a very "public" person. I just want my novels to be enjoyed. I have two Facebook accounts. My main one is [...]

The Morning After

The Morning After

Had a Friday night with friends in Bristol. Awoke to this view this morning: Last evening, I vaguely recall a dinner that included pleasant amounts of Prosecco (enjoying it while it's still available!), white wine, and Port. Hey, look what I found in their kitchen early this morning: Now, about that Port. Yes, the full [...]

Meeting Maria

As I was working yesterday on a Distances scene - holiday is over; novels don't get finished unless YOU finish them - that includes a new character, I was struck by this thought. The books are built around core characters we know by now. There are others who are prominent regulars too of course: the [...]

India: Something Huge Will Be Missing If I Ever Get There

India: Something Huge Will Be Missing If I Ever Get There

After our "road trip" odyssey, we're settled in here for the week in Fernandina Beach. My Dad had been to Florida only once before, back in 1985, to settle my late grandmother's estate (after she had died in Hudson, near Tampa). Now here for our holiday, he is thoroughly enjoying himself - which was our [...]

A Birthday Remembrance

As you know, I didn't get Frontiers finished in time for publication today. I had fought to make today (which was slightly earlier than I had planned) in memory of one of the real-life inspirations for my novel(s) - although I never told her that (and never would have). However, she'd known I was writing [...]

Strangers In A Yearbook

Putting up Facebook photos of our ongoing Florida holiday (my uncle demands to see them!), and noticing those who "like" and "comment" on them, abruptly has led me this afternoon to realize I have zero contact now with anyone non-family whom I knew pre-university. Which led to this quick post. Much as I hate to [...]

Mood Music

Regardless of whether one is writing history or penning a novel, when delving into the past achieving "authenticity" is absolutely necessary. It is vital to fix your readers firmly on that era. The goal of course is to try to bring it to life within your pages as best you can. As we know, there [...]