So, this kinda made my day…

When I was younger, two of my favorite books were Mercer Mayer’s Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zooand One Monster After Another. Recently I dug them out of a box in the basement. They’re now my youngest’s favorite books. She’s reading them over and over again, much as I […]

Random Thoughts!

I have to admit that I’m a bit excited to see the new Captain America movie. I enjoyed the first one and also really enjoyed The Avengers. I like Chris Evans as an actor (his performance in the underrated Push stands out in my memory). Also, it’ll be nice to […]

“Almost four million children…”

“Almost four million children in the UK do not own a book, according to a report by the National Literacy Trust. …Poorer children and boys were less likely to have books, it added. …About a fifth of children said they had never been to a book shop or a library.” […]

The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Said

(at least, this week) “The truth is, I find myself more and more going back to things I’ve already read and loved rather than taking a risk on something new.” (Admittedly, a pretty awful admission for an author to make. I’m looking to break this habit. Add your suggestions to […]

September Songs

[NOTE: I had this update ready to go when I discovered my site had been severely hacked by Russian pornspammers. Apparently they felt the same audience for my books would also be interested in their experiments with camera erotique. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.] Friday evening… I’m sitting […]

Tea with Winterly

Winter is my favorite time of year. There’s nothing better than to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book while the snow falls outside.

Today’s the Winter Solstice, we’ve still a long way to go before spring.

To mark the occasion, I’m giving away a copy of Assam & Darjeeling to the first ten people who post a comment here.


The Trouble with Reading

A few days ago my daughter finally got around to reading the copy of Matt Phelan’s “The Storm in the Barn “ that she got for her birthday. It’s a great story and she really enjoyed it, which made me happy. I went down into my office to find something […]

The Kitchen Sink Post

The weather has drifted down into the cooler temperatures, slowing everything down a little bit more each day — including this this blog post, which I’ve rewritten and added to six times to reflect the changing reality over the past month. And so, I’m hurrying to post it before anything else happens to force another rewrite.

On Boxes, Books, Ballet, and Birthdays

Turning 40? Nothing to it really, once everything was said and done. With chaotic detritus from the recent move still littering areas of the new house (and my own psyche), we celebrated my fortieth birthday a bit early on Saturday night by escaping to my favorite restaurant, Tres Lobos. No […]