Write Once, Then Link

If I’ve got something to say, I write it and then link to that post: Write Once, Then Link.

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last updated: 8 November 2019

You can find and listen to podcasts on the web. However, an app on your phone and/or tablet may offer features that give a better podcast listening experience.

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Category: tools
Tags: podcast  

...continue reading: How to Listen to Podcasts

last updated: 3 November 2019

UK authors with US earnings will find that these overseas earnings are taxed at source, meaning the author receives less. By filling in a few forms, the author can arrange for payment to be made without the deduction of US tax.

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Category: writing
Tags: tax   ITIN   W-8BEN   self publishing  

...continue reading: US Earnings for UK Authors

last updated: 6 September 2019

In The Late Show Michael Connelly introduces us to a new character, Renée Ballard. The novel includes the best of Connelly’s police procedural story telling and overlays the tale with a look at the internal politics of the LAPD. I loved the book; let me tell you why you might enjoy it.

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Category: books, tv, and movies
Author: Michael Connelly
People: Renée Ballard  
Tags: 2019 reads   The Late Show  

...continue reading: The Late Show by Michael Connelly

last updated: 5 September 2019

There’s a Napoleon Bonaparte quote: “I know he’s a good general, but is he lucky?” Was Napoleon right? Is there luck—or is luck just a matter of skill and hard work paying off?

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Category: story
People: Napoleon Bonaparte  
Tags: luck  

...continue reading: Lucky Generals

last updated: 7 July 2019

Lies are part of our everyday currency. Sometimes we tell untruths with the best of intentions, however, usually our motives are less pure. Whether a lie then matters is a combination of many factors. But how do we think about lies in novels which are, by definition, collections of lies?

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Tags: truth   lies  

...continue reading: Truth and Lies

last updated: 11 May 2019

Thinking about the choices available and the decisions photographers make when taking a photo can help an author focus more tightly on the aspect of the story they want the reader to see. And by equal measure, by highlighting one aspect to the reader, then another aspect can be understated or hidden.

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Category: writing
Tags: point of view  

...continue reading: Through the Camera Lens

last updated: 28 April 2019

I was recently accused of giving advice. This may seem like a strange thing to bridle against, but there are important issues here—both for the people giving advice and for anyone seeking advice.

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Category: strategy
Tags: advice   opinion  

...continue reading: Giving Advice

last updated: 31 March 2019

The Maltese Falcon is seemingly a chase for a valuable statue, but when looked at through the lens of five questions the story can be seen as a quest for justice.

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Category: story
Author: Dashiell Hammett
People: Sam Spade   Humphrey Bogart  
Tags: five questions   The Maltese Falcon  

...continue reading: The Maltese Falcon: Five Questions

last updated: 29 March 2019

On first sight, Chinatown feels like a story about political corruption, corporate greed, and financial shenanigans, but as the story develops it becomes far more about the exercise of personal power. By asking five questions we can get to the central core of the story.

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Category: story
People: Jake Gittes   Roman Polanski   Jack Nicholson   Faye Dunaway  
Tags: five questions   Chinatown  

...continue reading: Chinatown: Five Questions

last updated: 28 March 2019

Crime fiction is wide-ranging genre with many subgenres. The genre can encompass “cops and robbers”, cozies, whodunnits, and beyond to serial killers and psychological thrillers. But the genre can also be a lens through which to view society and to consider social issues.

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Tags: genre  

...continue reading: Crime Fiction as Social Commentary

last updated: 22 March 2019

There’s a new Netflix documentary: The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The title tells you what you’re going to get. Let me tell you a bit about it before you decide whether to watch.

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People: Madeleine McCann  

...continue reading: The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

last updated: 17 March 2019

When I started writing the Leathan Wilkey series, beyond telling the stories, I was interested to look at two aspects of modern life: first, how an individual survives without many comparatively modern items that we now take for granted, and second, how we ascribe value in our day-to-day lives.

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Category: background
People: Leathan Wilkey  
Tags: barter   currency   digital footprint  

...continue reading: Currency and Value

last updated: 10 March 2019

In Tattoo Your Name on My Heart Boniface finds himself the Surrey Hills. If you want archetypal gentle rolling English hills, near London, then take a look.

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Category: background
Author: Agatha Christie
People: Boniface  
Tags: Surrey Hills   Tattoo Your Name on My Heart  

...continue reading: Surrey Hills

last updated: 9 March 2019

Some of the key scenes in Tattoo Your Name on My Heart are set in the old church at Albury. Let me show you round the location that provided the inspiration.

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People: Boniface   Augustus Pugin  
Tags: Tattoo Your Name on My Heart  

...continue reading: Albury Old Church

last updated: 27 February 2019

Where Eagles Dare could be mistaken for a straightforward World War II action/adventure movie. Scratch below the surface—and ask five questions—and it’s an espionage piece, looking at who can be trusted, and how you flush out the bad guys.

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Category: story
Author: Alistair MacLean
People: Richard Burton   Clint Eastwood   Mary Ure  
Tags: five questions   Where Eagles Dare  

...continue reading: Where Eagles Dare: Five Questions

last updated: 9 February 2019

With his latest book, The Fox, Frederick Forsyth jumps into the world of offensive cyber war. But is the book worth a read?

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Author: Frederick Forsyth
Tags: The Fox   2019 reads  

...continue reading: The Fox by Frederick Forsyth

last updated: 31 January 2019

Many authors approach working with editors from the wrong direction looking to the downsides and not to the benefits that a healthy partnership can bring. Perhaps I can suggest a different way to approach working with an editor.

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Tags: editor  

...continue reading: Working with an Editor

last updated: 27 January 2019

Devil in a Blue Dress was the first novel by Walter Mosley and features Easy Rawlins, an African American World War II veteran. It is a noir masterpiece pulling together threads of race, friendship and betrayal, and political corruption in the context of post-war America.

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...continue reading: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

last updated: 26 January 2019

Walter Mosley’s novel Devil in a Blue Dress is a noir masterpiece pulling together threads of race, friendship and betrayal, and political corruption in the context of post-war America. Read the book, then watch the movie—and watch the movie for the electric portrayal of Mouse by Don Cheadle.

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...continue reading: Devil in a Blue Dress: the movie

last updated: 24 January 2019

Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare’s best known plays. Traditionally, it is viewed as a tragedy, but it could be viewed as a crime story and the interrogated with five questions.

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Author: William Shakespeare
People: Macbeth  
Tags: five questions  

...continue reading: Five Questions: Macbeth