Fragrant February

I’m glad February was a short month because I’m so ready to move on into March. For some time now Chinese New Year has been a difficult time due to family health issues. And of course, like Christmas, it’s a strong reminder of those no longer with us. But it’s been...

Meddling and Murder CNY Offer!

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Welcome to the Year of the Earth Dog! Most of us will be glad to move on from the super-energetic, somewhat chaotic Year of the Rooster. (If you believe such things... and even if you don't, you're probably ready to move on) The qualities of a Dog...

January was Cool!

And I got down a very very rough draft of Bonsai Master’s Daughter, a book that I’ve got so very many ideas but no contract for yet, so playing with it was pure delicious in between deadlines self indulgence. But we had difficult moments too. Hermione/ Minette/ The...

Back Home!

It was a pretty good weekend, even though we had moments of wishing we were back in Hawaii… in a fantasy resort full of books and writers where dogs never get old… yes, I did say ‘fantasy’. But now that both Princess and Hermione seem better...

Midweek Assessment — looking forward to LCC’2017

This time next week I’ll be in Honolulu for Left Coast Crime! Part of me is so excited—my first time ever in Hawaii, meeting up with old friends and meeting new writers and readers and I love hotels. Another part is stressed… Hermione hasn’t done a poo in two days....

Midweek Assessment: March!

It’s March! It feels like I’ve been staying home writing so long that even a trip to the dentist is an event! This was my pre-Hawaii trip (always get a check up before traveling!) and all’s good here… I love my new ‘home’ station,...

Midweek Assessment — 22 Feb

Came down with a nasty cold on Sunday and gave myself 3 days MC. This is my incentive calendar. Gave myself an MC tape through my sick days so my chain doesn’t get broken! I only had one day of being really sick, then two days of functioning but feeling totally...

Midweek Assessment, Valentine’s Day 1942

Biar putih tulang, jangan putih mata — death before dishonour When 13,000 Japanese troops landed in North-West Singapore, Lieutenant Adnan Saidi and 1,400 Malay Regiment soldiers held them off for two days without back up or supplies in the Battle of Opium Hill. When...

Midweek Assessment — 8 Feb

I found a fun book in the library this week—The Infographic Guide to Literature by Joanna Eliot . Especially liked Miss Marple’s body count… And this—that’s helping me work out who’s who and doing what in the Mahabharata! Reading: The Infographic Guide to Literature...

Midweek Assessment — 1 February

I love snails. Beautiful creatures with their hard but-oh-so-easily crushed shells. Snail mate! (Sorry, had to say it) In a patch of (I think) button weed. I love those little purple flowers too. And here’s another delicate little land snail In the meantime, the...