On Being an Artist

"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

Finished Reading: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Last year I gave in to my book-addiction and grabbed an old Kindle that was lying about in my flat (that makes me sound a bit decadent, it was actually my boyfriend's but he doesn't use it anymore) and I connected it to my mother's account.Now I have two Kindles: one I use for all … Continue reading Finished Reading: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Learning to Write: Stephen King On Writing

Every book on writing with a little bit of kudos mentions Stephen King's "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" as a must-read. It is. It's a must-read for anyone who writes fiction; it's interesting for those who write non-fiction; it's a book that all those writing memoirs should read. I can summarise his advice … Continue reading Learning to Write: Stephen King On Writing

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. The One Book You Need to Self-Publish.

Guy Kawasaki knows how to enchant, there's no doubt about it. That's why he was able to write a business book called "Enchantment" and get away with it. I managed to catch an online interview with him talking about his last book, APE, where he not only explained very clearly the advantages of self-publishing over … Continue reading APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. The One Book You Need to Self-Publish.

The White Tiger and Last Man in Tower

I know very little about India and that's one of the main reasons why I really enjoy reading Aravind Adiga's books.The White Tiger drops you bang in the middle of contemporary India - in between city and village life; in between castes and lifestyles. The main character of the novel is an astute chauffeur determined … Continue reading The White Tiger and Last Man in Tower

Reaching the End

Yesterday I uploaded my book The A to Z of Spanish Culture to the Kindle store.I have been working on this project (for it is more a project than a book) for over one year now, so I do feel some sense of relief at having completed the first version.While I don't feel like the … Continue reading Reaching the End

Kindle and A Love of Words

At the age of 14, I had the choice of either continuing my education in English, or switching to Spanish.The reason why I took my 'O' and 'A' levels and not BUP and COU (if you know what I'm talking about, please don't give away my age!) was my love for the English language. Well, … Continue reading Kindle and A Love of Words

Book: Children of the Revolution

I picked up this paperback in the discount bookstore, the Bookcase in Chiswick, which I absolutely love. (I have to admit, I don't go there as much now that I have the Kindle, but if you live in West London, it's well worth a visit.)I picked this book up for my mother as I thought … Continue reading Book: Children of the Revolution

Errant in Iberia.

The Kindle is allowing me to read more books than ever. Finding books has never been easier, although it is easy to get a bit lost amongst all the titles.So I'm really pleased that I managed to find "Errant in Iberia", written by Ben Curtis, an Englishman who left London and settled down in Madrid … Continue reading Errant in Iberia.