Secret agents

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." This quote by Ernest Hemingway will resonate with many writers out there. For me this most certainly applies as all I want to do is write, but creative writing that is, not crap to convince the whole world how brilliant … Continue reading Secret agents

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A Belgian waffle…

Waffle can mean both 'lengthy and vague, trivial talk or writing' or refer to 'a dish made from leavened batter of dough cooked between two plates'. This blog can be considered a combination of the two as this piece is about Belgium. Geert van Istendael (pseudonym of Geert Vanistendael), a Belgian writer, poet and essayist … Continue reading A Belgian waffle…

It’s a jungle out there!

It was the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi who said: "Write when drunk. Edit when sober. Marketing is the hangover." Many a time have a written a chapter while under the influence of alcohol. Though often spectacular, the next day I deemed the writing not always suitable, nor consistent or totally missing the mark. The editing … Continue reading It’s a jungle out there!

A good review is a wonderful surprise…!

It was Joyce Carol Oates who said, "A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise!" I am no different. I often check Goodreads, Amazon, Lulu and Bol to see how many copies I've sold and to see if there any new reviews. Given the lack of activity my expectations are low, but if I … Continue reading A good review is a wonderful surprise…!

B(u)y the book

It was Dr. Seuss who said "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” As far as I can remember I've always loved reading. As a child, all my pocket money and many hours were spent in WH Smith in Hull: Paddington … Continue reading B(u)y the book

Double Dutch

Perhaps I'm a product of globalisation. I have two mother tongues, have lived in three countries and visited countless others. Throughout my professional career, I have always worked for multinationals with a large diverse workforce and a spread of different languages. English has been (and still is) a binding factor, an advantage for me having … Continue reading Double Dutch

Sex Maniac?

It was the poet John Lydgate who said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time." This rings true for books too. Every reader has their tastes and opinions, … Continue reading Sex Maniac?