Brașov Orphan Girls School of Gothic Arts
Cartwheel cricket and the rise of women’s sport
I’m on the verge of a literary breakthrough. I’ve gained dozens of loyal fans. I shouldn’t brag, I know, but there are so many of them all of a sudden. They flood my blog posts with flattering comments. Most are from the Brașov Orphan Girls School of Gothic Arts. It began with Melisande: Hey There. […]
Lamé can be so lame
Cartwheel cricket is a thing. It’s going to be huge. A grassroots movement created and driven by the greatest force in sport — women — set to revolutionise an ancient game. I will be the first to write about it. Let me explain. I love sport. Football ruled my life as a kid. I played […]
🧐 Lamé without the é would be lame. So lame. 🧐 🧐 Brûlée shorn of those frills on the vowels would be brulee. Who’d want to eat that? It sounds like something they fed Oliver Twist in the foundling home. 🧐 See? I can do accents. Players in both Meet Me at the Hanging Tree and The First Guerrilla […]
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What’s in a (place) name?
I have an opinion on everything. Just ask me, I love to share my wisdom, pontificate, lecture, tell you where you’re going wrong. I am a member of half a dozen survey panels for august organisations with unblemished reputations, also a major bank. I’m getting hammered with surveys at the moment. Most of these are […]
Feed the dolphins, anyone?
Help me out here, friends. Which is better: – A story set in a real place, where the author bends the local truth a little, or – A made up setting you sort of recognise? I get the appeal of a story that mentions places you recognise. One of my friends (Hi, Nyrie!) had the […]
The outlook for books set in 2020
It’s winter in Perth, so it’s cold by our spoiled standards, but the weather’s lovely up north at this time of year. So, when the West Australian government lifted the state’s internal COVID lockdown borders this month, we made a pilgrimage to the insanely beautiful places Val and Stella visited in Meet Me at the […]
Safer than a half-cooked bat
No, that’s not a beach in the photo. It’s Wadi Rum in Jordan. I went looking for desert pictures and I couldn’t resist this one. What a beauty. It’s much more interesting than it should be to illustrate my theme, which is that the middle months of 2020 will be a world-wide literary desert. I […]
Guess what? Shooting is fun!
I flew in a plane for the very first time at the age of fifteen. The very last book I read before taking to the air was Unsafe at Any Height by Ralph Nader. It documented all the most famous commercial airline crashes in history to that point. So, as I stepped onto the Qantas […]
On a cruise last year, I got into it with a gun nut. Remember cruises? Before-COVID, children, we used to holiday on luxurious ocean liners. Last year we sailed from Rome to San Diego via the Panama Canal. Fantastic trip. No one got ill. We visited incredible places like Carthagena, Spain and Carthagena, Colombia. The […]