Monthly Archives: April 2009

Play Ball

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It’s that time of year. Baseball season has started. The air is getting warmer. The grass is getting greener. The Boston Red Sox have already had a successful series against the dreaded New York Yankees. Readers of Tangled Roots have …

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Society of Authors and other fantasies

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When I began to take my writing “seriously,” I was looking around for some sort of organization where I could meet other writers, or at least have access to information.   I called The Society of Authors to be told …

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Bob Dylan and Moleskines

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Two things I love…well, actually, one thing and one person. First, the thing. Remember I wrote here about my disappointment at not being able to buy Moleskine journals at the Moleskine stall of the London Book Fair? Well, it all …

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What a Week!

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Phew….Monday, I was in Brighton discussing the ins and outs of teaching creative writing in schools with the terrific people from New Writing South. I’m really looking forward to doing some teaching for them.  I haven’t done enough lately.  And …

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A Report on the Fair

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Imagine a huge empty space. No, imagine two huge empty spaces connected by a wide corridor. Then fill the space with colourful banners hanging from the ceiling, a Manhattanesque grid of row upon row of “stalls”, each with it’s own …

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Paris, Honestly

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Well, Paris was all it had ever been, will ever be for me. We walked a lot, we ate too much, we were happy despite the rain and the white Londonesque skies. There isn’t much I could say that I …

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April In Paris

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One of the biggest perks about living in London is that, supposedly, I can go to Paris at the drop of a hat. If you live in New York and sit on a train for a couple of hours, the …

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"Writing Therapy," by Tim Atkinson

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Sitting in the middle of my tbr pile was the novel, Writing Therapy, by Tim Atkinson. I knew nothing about it except that it was written by my blogging friend otherwise known as The Dotterel . But the cover has …

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Christians and Jews

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This is prime religious season for us Guineys.  Passover and Easter all coming together at once — a seder Saturday night, Easter dinner on Sunday.  I’m sure this might seem weird to many, especially since we have kids. When D …

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Stopping Off and Staying a While, Rounding Up and Settling Down

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Today is the last stop on the “Space-Time Tour” for a while.  I’ll be hanging around with Elizabeth Baines, herself a most wonderful writer, and talking about the relationship between music and language.  I don’t actually talk about music all …

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