I call this type of books "cozy reading" - they're not hard work too read, they usually don't shake me emotionally and I know some of the characters are going to make me feel warm. And I always laugh when I read Muriel Spark and enjoy her social commentary. 'A Far Cry from Kensington' is … Continue reading ‘A Far Cry from Kensington’ by Muriel Spark
I love crime stories, detective books and spy novels. I've read quite a few of Stella Rimington's novels featuring Liz Carlyle and so it was about time that I found out more about the author herself. So here are my favourite quotes from 'Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5'. Of course … Continue reading ‘Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5’ by Stella Rimington
The first book I read by Stephen King was his non-fiction 'On Writing', which is quoted in every single book on writing. (I wrote about it here.) Following that, I decided to start reading some of his fiction, to see how he applied (or not) his own advice. I've liked some books more than others, … Continue reading ‘Misery’ by Stephen King
Books have just been accumulating in my Kindle. I finish them, I want to recommend them, write a little bit about them and share the passages I've marked. But it just never happens. I finished this book such a long time ago, and it's still sitting in my device, waiting... So, from today, I will … Continue reading ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan
I'm currently writing "Online Meetings that Rock". As always, the project started as a "oh, that sounds like it could be useful to people, and there doesn't seem to be many books on the subject". While online meetings do appear as a chapter in most books on virtual leadership, or leading remote teams, most of … Continue reading Writing about Online Meetings
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"It is just an accident that determines whether an artist becomes musician, painter or writer. All art is based on a desire to communicate, a love of beauty, a need to create order out of disorder." Patricia Highsmith Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction
I'm only on chapter 4, but I am already coming across some interesting quotes in Ian McEwan's "Nutshell", that I'd like to share with you. The story is told in first person by, get ready, the foetus in a woman's body, about to come into the world. The novel is a combination of domestic story … Continue reading Currently reading ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan
Today was an ordinary day, but more like the kind of ordinary day I used to have months ago. Things have gone quite quiet in the voice over front recently, and most of my jobs and meetings have taken place online. So today was a little bit different, and a little bit familiar, strangely enough. … Continue reading An Ordinary Day
This post is part of the Londres.London series. After living near six different underground stations in London, I've got to know the underground pretty well. If you ask me about changing tubes in any Central London station, I'm bound to be able to give you the quickest route or tell you where in the train … Continue reading Londres.London: Changing Tubes at Green Park.
A cobra in Ravenscourt Park was feeling a bit sad and lonely. All she saw was green. All she felt was grass. The silence was driving her crazy. She curled herself around one of the legs of a bench. She dived into a litter bin to see if anyone was inside. She stretched her neck … Continue reading A Cobra in Ravenscourt Park (beginnings…)
This post is part of the Londres.London series. Everyone likes visiting Camden Market in London. Usually, tourists get off at Camden Town tube and walk up the High Street. Why not take a slightly different route to the market, or continue further up North once you've done your shopping? If you're not carrying too much … Continue reading Londres.London: Chalcot Square.