à bientôt, England

Bonjour, mes ami. Usually, when I have a trip to my country of birth England planned, I get anxious, nervous even, because the bottom line is, I don’t really like being there all that much. My life is away from England, a life I’ve worked so hard to forge for myself over the last decade.…

Introducing: Kerra Nancarrow

A month or two back I posted a blog introducing my novel’s main protagonist, Tristan Nancarrow. To follow up that post, here’s a brief introduction to his troubled mother, Kerra. Kerra Nancarrow is trapped, enslaved even, by a brutal husband and her incarcerating island prison. For too long she has suffered terrible abuse, and her…

And The Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone that entered into my ‘win a postcard’ competition. And the two winners are… 1. Big bad Brien Silver at ‘Sabai Jai Yen.’ and 2. Sally at ‘A Breath of Foreign Air.’ Well done guys, and a lovely postcard from Borobudur is on its way to you tomorrow. I asked you where these…

On The Steep Steps Of Enlightenment?

Our main reason for coming west to Java from Bali was my long standing wish to visit Borobudur, Buddhism’s largest temple. My fascination with the world’s religious structures is in stark contrast and at surprising odds with my atheism, and though I don’t adhere or subscribe to any of these institution’s beliefs, traditions and fairytales,…

Postcard Competition

A couple of days ago Leslie and I visited spectacular Borobudur, Yogyakarta, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. A blog post will follow shortly, but in the mean time, how about a quick and easy competition? How to win? All you need to do is tell me where the three pictures above were taken from? Easy,…

2013: Annis Memorabilis

Hmm… How to summarize 2013 in just one word? ‘Really, really amazing?’ ‘Unbelievably good!’ I’ll settle for ‘THE BEST EVER…YET!’ 2013 didn’t start out the best, with Leslie back in the U.S and the Korean winter chilling me to the bone. But as winter gave way to spring, things soon picked up. The sun came…