Monthly Archives: April 2011

John Siddique: Full Blood

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It is my pleasure to welcome poet, John Siddique, to my blog today.  He is a poet whose work I have followed and enjoyed for several years now. But he is also one of those writers whose career I have …

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Easter and Passover

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Like all Brits, I’m enjoying the summery first of our two back-to-back four-day weekends. But I thought I’d drop by just to say Happy Easter to all my Easter-observing friends, and Happy Passover to all my Passover-observing friends. I’m sort …

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Novel Writing Tips

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Once I returned home from SE Asia, I fell into a whirlwind (or was it a whirlpool) of writing. Novel 3 was in my head, in my dreams, and I awoke each morning and wrote for two hours, even before …

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Dance Music

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I’m flying back to London today after a quick trip to Boston. The weekend was full of meetings, talking, seeing family, ridiculous weather and…dancing! Number 2 Son’s band played at a dinner for UK kids preparing to finish college – …

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Poetry Bingo

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My very funny, very clever writer friend, J.D. Smith, came up with this game.  In honor (notice the American lack of ‘u’) of April being American poetry month, a season of many readings and very many open mics, J.D. created …

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Losing Dostoevsky

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When I was at the very impressionable age of sixteen, an English teacher convinced me that The Brothers Karamazov was the best novel ever written. And I, of course, believed him.  He was one of those smarter-than-thou worldly sort of …

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1st Person, 3rd Person: Who’s Talking Here?

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I don’t want to toot my own horn too much, but I’ve been on a roll ever since I got home. I’ve gotten into this pattern where I wake up, novel 3 is already in my head, and I start …

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Jet Lag and other Flight-Related Pleasures

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I’m back in London, and amazingly enough, the sun is shining and it’s Mother’s Day.  Mr. D is out overseeing little league baseball outside of one of Britain’s most notorious prisons — yes, it’s true.  Son #1 is due to …

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