How To Make Friends

How To Make Friends

There seems to be a misunderstanding among younger people about the nature of friendship and how friendships arise.

A Vanishing History

A Vanishing History

Sadly I am sure my old place of study and employer is not alone in taking the view that "History" is not nearly as necessary "nowadays" as is, say, "Veterinary Studies."

An Education

An Education

For as presumably one of "those" charged with having "conspired" to "hide" distasteful stuff about American history and politics from eager to learn young people fully committed to the ever-sponge-like soaking up of the past, and who could not be torn from the library bookstacks, this evidently needs stating plainly.

To You Other Pessimists Out There

To You Other Pessimists Out There

The first time I ever mentioned - back in university nearly three decades ago - that I was interested in visiting France, my mother turned to me and was immediately harshly negative: "Are you nuts? They hate us."

Creatively Speaking

Creatively Speaking

Remember Jane Austen, for one, certainly did not possess any degree; she barely even set a foot in what we consider a school.

When “The Future” Is Over

When “The Future” Is Over

Sadly, it appears that "the future" we had hoped for two decades ago, is over.

“419,000” Followers: For This

“419,000” Followers: For This

When I saw that retweeted into my timeline the other day, what was my reaction?

I could only think… here’s another idea: read a history book.

Snapshots

Snapshots

I do not agree with the increasingly common assertion that adult readers "need to see themselves" in a character in order to be interested in a book. In fact, I believe rather the opposite.

Weekend In Cambridge

Weekend In Cambridge

Bridge Street started to go into “night mode” during our meal, as people, particularly women, dressed up for a Saturday night out began to saunter by.

“Just going out for a drink with her, dear”

“Just going out for a drink with her, dear”

As a romantic fiction author, I could not resist addressing this here. This NYT article is primarily about a survey regarding attitudes when it comes to people interacting and socializing with those of the opposite sex . . . who aren't their spouses: It being Twitter there as well, quickly matters moved into snarks about [...]

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 [...]

Viewed From This England

Viewed From This England

We've been watching the political-melodrama U.S. TV series Madam Secretary. But you don't need to know the details of the program to get this post. I thought I'd use it as a basis for some "fun" today - it's Friday - mostly due to the episode we just saw and because, as you probably know, [...]

This Writer’s Yesterday

This Writer’s Yesterday

What do novelists do all day? My uncle had told me any writer gets asked that question regularly. So I thought that I'd try to explain what this one did ... yesterday. Now that the holidays are over, I have no excuses. I've decided to target finishing Conventions by the end of January. We'll see [...]

A Not So “Ordinary” Girl

A Not So “Ordinary” Girl

A new follower caught my attention the other day. She did so not so much because of her amazing blog. Rather, I was struck by her utter lack of one. In her WordPress gravatar she calls herself an "ordinary girl" and writes that she's not social, but uses social sites to explore. She says nothing [...]

A Recollection Of A Christmas Past

A Recollection Of A Christmas Past

We drove down to north London yesterday to visit relatives: It being yet another Monday, it's time to get back to work. I hope you'll excuse a Christmas recollection, but it's that time of the year again. You'll understand why in a moment. Let me explain... That biography of Thomas Jefferson was a professor's Christmas [...]