Taking Things Too Syria-ously

      Ernest Hemingway once wrote, clearly embittered after a bad interview with the New Yorker: “If you say nothing it is difficult for someone to get it wrong.” And saying nothing is exactly what we should do – in writing, but not in interviews. I was recently interviewed by the kinkily titled Rum Punch…

No Longer Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

    The first book of 2017 that has shared its reality with mine, indeed made its reality a quarter of mine, is a book that is about a mooted family holiday to a lighthouse on the shores of England. I hadn’t read To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf since I was a sixteen-year-old enthralled…

Don’t Forget The Happiness Part – Farewell 2016

Quotes from my writing 2016   So long as we are dying, we all return to the thing that kills us. Because that’s where we’re truly happy. The Shadows Of Paradise   But then again, only people under siege could know the meaning of happiness! White Clouds Of Mourning   When the Fernet Branca came,…

The Shadows Of Paradise Vlog II

My second video blog about my ongoing novel The Shadows Of Paradise. Working hard on it, despite the depressing world news, and soldiering on – writing is the hardest thing anyone can do in the comfort world. I do encourage your feedback, after all, despite it all, the democratic process is still alive and strong!…

What Novel Would I Write If No Novel Had Ever Been Written?

  If I were to tell a fictional story, a lie, over a copious amount of pages, what would it entail, what would it involve? This is an almost impossible exercise. I cannot trust a single answer I might come up with, for it will all be laden with previous experience. Books I have read,…

Reviewing the Last 8760 Hours and 525600 Minutes

  “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” ― T.S. Eliot   This is a year which, historically, shall be noted for the rise to media superstardom of Daesh and radical Islamic terror. A year that opened…

Paris est une fête

  In early 19th century Greece and Athens were occupied by the thankfully-extinct Ottoman Empire. In March 1821 the Greeks revolted against their Turkish oppressors and Athens fell into their hands without a fight. The entire Turkish garrison of the city retreated up the Acropolis hill and barricaded themselves within the most important temple of Western…