Free Reading In The Crisis

Spending more time on Twitter recently, I see as well that lots of writers are extra-pushing their books. Some are making them free, even calling them (in my opinion, rather tackily) "Coronavirus sales."

All Of Us Together (Even If Apart)

No one is an island, and suddenly many of us feel like castaways: marooned and alone.

He Was 89

Aged 89, my father-in-law died unexpectedly early Monday morning (nothing to do with the stupid virus insofar as we know) at his home here in London.

While We Are Staying In

We should sensibly (wherever we are in the world) wash our hands more than usual and minimize human contact, and stay home if possible - especially if we feel the slightest bit unwell, particularly because this COVID-19 virus seems to be quite fatal to those over age 75. So where better for us to spend time "self-isolating" than here on the net? 🙂

Bullet Point Barrage

In down time sneakily I have been considering - and writing - a bit more of the next great project: the novel that will eventually be.

The Route

My "experience" since 2013 has been this. I went the "indie" route for these reasons...

“Close Friends”

When he read my first two novels (he did not live to read the third) and saw "himself" (including my fictionalizing "a crush" he had had on a girl friend of mine), he revealed to me that he thought it was hilarious and was even touched.

“Representations”

It is not up to that tweeter, or to anyone else, to "suggest" what "representations" "should" appear in anyone's novel(s); they should just write their own damn books.

The (Kindle) Afterlife

As Kindle book buyers we tend not to think about this unsettling question: "What happens to all of my Kindle books after I die?" Well...

“Easy”

Having taught non-native-English speaking international students too, I witnessed how some aspects of English especially baffled them: knowing my novels would be available most anywhere, I wanted my books also to be accessible...

This Alpine Town

Despite some fiction writers' sky-high opinions of their personally towering intellects, this craft is not rocket science.

“Oh, shoot, did I post this to WordPress?”

Oops. I thought I was writing an email? But I was using WordPress? Gee, it's good I have nothing to hide from you guys... LOL!

The “Right” To Write

No novel is meant to address an entirety of anything.

In The Face Of The “Numerous”

A celebrity - whose reason for being is to seek popularity - backtracking and apologizing in the face of a social media angry mob is almost to be expected. But a writer must have the guts to hold their creative ground in the face of other writers' onslaught.

Why The Late 1700s?

Understand, I have nothing against bearded wizards, heroines with magic swords, and FBI agents...