Monthly Archives: November 2018



I wrote this piece not long after my husband, Ken, died in 2016. Earlier this year I submitted it to the Timeless Wisdom International Writing Challenge sponsored by Exisle Publishing. It has been chosen to be published in the book, Love and Loss, a collection of short stories to be published in April 2020. Check it out on [...]

By | 2018-11-22T18:12:07+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

Week 75: Get Shorty and the 10 Rules of Writing

Get Shorty and the 10 Rules of Writing Elmore Leonard, who died at the age of 87, was one of the most visual writers America has produced. It's no wonder that 26 of his novels and short stories have been adapted for the screen. He had a deceptively simple style that brought his characters [...]

By | 2018-11-20T15:21:48+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 74: Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn

Mother's Milk book review Patrick Melrose is a well-born, forty-something London barrister who, having burned through his inheritance, is now reduced to having to work for a living. Married with two young sons, Melrose is what is commonly called a "survivor", although his actual survival is frequently in doubt. As a young child he [...]

By | 2018-11-13T14:03:20+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 73: Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

White Teeth book review Back in December 2000, a few months after Zadie Smith's first novel was published, winning the Whitbread award, nominated for the Orange prize, thrusting her into the media spotlight, The Guardian's Simon Hattenstone interviewed her at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) where she was writer-in-residence. Hattenstone began by informing [...]

By | 2018-11-06T13:59:02+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments