An Unvisited Subcontinent

I find myself increasingly wanting eventually to write something that includes India. What I consider a major hurdle, however, is I have never been there.

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Webs Of Stories

Some local English lore for a Friday. A road name. I’d thought a prominent family named “Coward” might have once lived on, or their farm perhaps bordered, what is now the nearby Codicote street of that name:

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The Test Of Time

I joked some months ago about Conventions: The Garden At Paris being my “Gone With The Wind.” That reference was meant primarily about the scale of the book and the fictional characters existing in historical settings. Above all, I thought of it – and do – as, in a sense, constituting a personal “magnum opus.” […]

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“Have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

Jane Austen died 200 years ago today: July 18, 1817. The Georgian and Regency novelist of relationships among the English gentry especially focused on women needing marriage to achieve economic security and a betterment of their social status. She herself never married. She sold some books, but was not a “big star” during her lifetime. […]

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What A “Romantic Novel” Is . . . And What It Is Not

My wife is in Lisbon for a couple of days… I saw her off at the airport yesterday morning – very early… After I got home, I spent some time working. When I paused for a break, I made a mistake: I read Twitter. When will I learn to stick to Instagram? Following links, I […]

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Let “Common Sense” Prevail

As you may have seen, CNN is caught up in a social media controversy. One of its reporters unmasked and confronted the pseudonymous originator of a “meme”/”gif” that sees U.S. President Donald Trump standing next to a wrestling ring and suddenly smashing to the ground – World Wrestling fashion – another suited man whose head […]

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The Not Yet “Special Relationship”

Seeing how Conventions: The Garden At Paris has been doing (probably because of its temporary “99p” price, I know) at Amazon.co.uk pleases me because I think it could be interesting to British readers. Yes, the main character is an American. However, the tale would not be what it is without its British characters, British perspective(s), […]

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Understanding Our Ancestors

As we know, Amazon reviews can make entertaining reading. Occasionally you have to remind yourself those reviewers actually saw the same film, or read the same book. Sometimes the strikingly different takeaways are even found one right after another: Those are just two examples of a slew of “180 degree” opposing reactions to a film […]

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“Freebies” For “Honest” Reviews?

Due to what I have seen regularly “out there,” and with my brand new Conventions, as well as my first book, Passports, available on Kindle promo for 99c each until next week [UPDATE: it will run indefinitely], this awkward issue again jumped to my mind. I realized I have never addressed it here before. I […]

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