Subject Caution

In this current climate of general weirdness brought on by a variety of mass hysterias; Covid, Trump Derangement Syndrome, the lingering effects of Brexit there are so many subjects dear to my heart that I feel constrained not to discuss in public. This nervousness stems from the cancel culture and the generally uncivil nature of … Continue reading Subject Caution

Shocked Myself…

Wellllll this is a wakeup call. I was doing an update for my book promo and was pretty focused on what I was doing. Then my phone beeped and I picked it up. Then I dropped down the rabbit hole. I clicked on an Instagram update. Then I scrolled down the latest junk on there. … Continue reading Shocked Myself…

The Summer Of Lockdown… Did I learn anything?

This has not, needless to say, been a fun summer. Since the idiocy carries on my level of stress and grumpiness will no doubt continue to rise. Eat your heart out Victor Meldrew. I did not become a super baker, the need to lose a load of weight took care of that but did I … Continue reading The Summer Of Lockdown… Did I learn anything?

Bad Blogger…

I have been a bad blogger... I have neglected my writing. I have neglected my new book too. I have made good progress but I have got distracted. Reasons for distraction are numerous and none of them very good. Firstly, exhaustion. I have been working without a break since Christmas and I need a holiday. … Continue reading Bad Blogger…

New Layout

So how does the new layout look? Does it work for you? I am aiming for clean, smart, unfussy but also thematically appropriate to my writing... all part of the marketing spin that I need to get right before my new novel hits the lists, looking to be toward the spring of 2021 now since … Continue reading New Layout

Envy… is corrosive

I am not by nature an envious person but I received a bit of a shock today. Someone I was at school with was writing in a national newspaper. This has happened before. This chap has had a wildly successful business career, made a pile and is doing other things now. He was a complete … Continue reading Envy… is corrosive

It’s 3AM…

It's 3AM and I can't sleep. Again. Another bout of insomnia has caught up with me and as usual I am getting by on about four hours of interrupted sleep. It is a sure sign I need a holiday, but what to do and where to go with all these lockdowns and quarantines? I haven't … Continue reading It’s 3AM…

Chapter 6 – Masquerade

The night time custom of wearing masks had become a commonplace, as it once was in medieval Venice, in the claustrophobic rabbit warren of the Old City of my grandfather’s youth. It provided a measure of discretion that covered for human frailties in so crowded a space in judgemental times. Business, romance and crime had … Continue reading Chapter 6 – Masquerade