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: 14 November 2017

I’ve been watching Comrade Detective. It’s fun…at least the idea is amusing, but I’m not sure it quite sustains over the full series.

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last updated: 10 October 2017

Long before I wrote the first Leathan Wilkey book—literally years before I wrote the book—I had the notion of a character who was later christened Leathan. I had an idea of someone who was very human. A man who connected with people on a very human level. But a man, for whom life was difficult because of his specific circumstances.

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Category: background
People: Leathan Wilkey  
Tags: Diplomatic Baggage  

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last updated: 11 July 2017

On the face of it, Sexy Beast is a gangster movie. In truth, it’s a love story. Sure, there are all the elements of a British gangster movie, a retired criminal living in Spain who is drawn back for one last job—a safe deposit vault heist. But dig deeper to the heart of the film and there is a love story. Gal Dove loves his wife Deedee, and is only forced back to take the job to protect Deedee.

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Category: books, tv, and movies
People: Ray Winstone   Ben Kingsley  
Tags: Sexy Beast  

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last updated: 11 July 2017

In Pollute the Poor Boniface plays Sylvia, a tune from 1972 by the Dutch prog rock band Focus. The track is an instrumental with a strong, quite joyful melody, but there’s a mournful undercurrent. It’s one of those tunes that speaks without using words—and, of course, since there are no words, you can imprint your own interpretation.

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Category: music
People: Jan Akkerman   Boniface  
Tags: Focus   Sylvia   Pollute the Poor  

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last updated: 13 June 2017

I was asked the question: Do you wear anything when you’re writing? The question was less about whether I wear clothes, or otherwise, and more about whether I wear anything in particular.

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Category: writing
Tags: clothes   cat  

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last updated: 13 June 2017

Did you know that leather floors are a thing? Instead of carpets, tiles, or wood to cover the floor, you can have leather. Yeah, I didn’t know either.

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Category: background
People: Clementina   Leathan Wilkey  
Tags: leather floors  

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last updated: 13 June 2017

If you’ve ever wondered about the order of the Leathan Wilkey series of novels…

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People: Leathan Wilkey  

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last updated: 9 May 2017

If you haven’t watched BrainDead, can I suggest you do: it’s hugely entertaining.

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last updated: 9 May 2017

I set my second series—the Leathan Wilkey series—in Paris. I knew I wanted to set the books in a different city, I just wasn’t sure which city. All I really knew was that Leathan wasn’t going to be in London. And much of the reason for this choice is that, despite the many similarities, Paris is very different to London.

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People: Leathan Wilkey  
Tags: Paris   London  

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last updated: 11 April 2017

The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow is a great book. If you haven’t read it, fix that and read it now.

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last updated: 14 March 2017

It’s approaching ten years since then nearly-four-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared while on a family holiday. Yet somehow, despite there being so few facts—or maybe because there are so few facts—ten years after she was last seen, the disappearance of Madeleine is perhaps the mystery of our time.

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Category: current affairs
People: Madeleine McCann  

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last updated: 14 March 2017

Many readers have a preference for paper books, but there are good reasons to consider electronic books.

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Category: current affairs
Tags: ebooks  

...continue reading: Reconsidering eBooks

last updated: 14 February 2017

Many people think jealousy and envy are the same thing? However, the two concepts—the two underlying emotions—are very different notions.

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Category: writing
Tags: jealousy   envy  

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last updated: 14 February 2017

Amazon dominates. You’ve probably noticed. But if you’re looking for ebooks, Amazon is not the only choice. I’d like to make the suggestion that if you’re queasy about buying from Amazon you take a look at Kobo.

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Category: current affairs
Tags: Amazon   Kobo   ebooks  

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last updated: 14 February 2017

In any story, the protagonist needs to fail—at least on some level. Here’s one aspect of my approach to protagonists.

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Category: story
Tags: hero   failure   protagonist   Bag Man   internal story   external story  

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last updated: 10 January 2017

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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last updated: 10 January 2017

If you are prone to expressing yourself out loud, you may soon find your commands are obeyed with washing powder, cat food, and toothpaste arriving at your door.

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Category: tools
Tags: Amazon Echo   Alexa   voice assistant  

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last updated: 10 January 2017

I had an idea for a second series of books which became the Leathan Wilkey series. I wasn’t certain about the location—Budapest and Sarajevo were possibilities—but the most likely location was Paris. So I went to Paris to have a look.

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Category: background
People: Leathan Wilkey  
Tags: Bag Man   Paris   research  

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last updated: 13 December 2016

Goliath has pretty much every cliché there could be: Billy McBride was a hotshot lawyer, but he drank—and still drinks—and now is down on his luck, having lost his employment and his wife…but he’s still close to his daughter. He lives (and has his office) in a motel, although he seems to do a lot of work in the bar next door. His best friend is a stray dog and his assistant is also a call girl. Every cliché, but is Goliath worth a watch?

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last updated: 13 December 2016

From time to time I get asked the question: How do you go about writing a book? Is it just a case of sitting down and typing? For me, I outline the entire story and only once I’ve got an outline in place do I start writing. But before I can really get to the outline, I need an idea. Or rather, not so much an idea, but a kernel for the story—a solid foundation of a human story that grips me.

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Category: story
Tags: story ideas   story kernel  

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