Breaking Up

You’ve seen it. Now you can understand it.

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I’m taking a break, but Martin isn’t. You can still read about him in Cultivating a Fuji.

Just before I go, here’s the interesting result of the poll I’ve been running on Twitter this past week.

Poll Result

Look at that middle number: 0%.

In other words, of those who answered the poll, not one will have any difficulty imagining what he’s like. Either you’ll see yourself in him or he’ll remind you of someone you’ve met.

Think about it. If you’re one of the 18% and see yourself in Martin, you can compare your experience with his. If you’re one of the 82%, this is your chance to look inside his head and maybe gain an understanding of what’s behind the behaviour that you’ve witnessed.

Cultivating a Fuji - Front CoverHave a great summer!

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The New Me

Poet? Me?

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“Hello, I’m Miriam Drori – author, editor and… novice poet.”

That’s how I introduced myself at this poetry reading:

I’ve never thought of myself as a poet, but I’m very proud of these poems and of the way I performed them at February’s IAWE (Israel Association of Writers in English) Parlour Reading. Perhaps I need to reinvent myself.

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Word Tip 9: Accents / Diacritic Marks and Apostrophes

What did you always want to know about Word but never bothered to find out?

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Microsoft Word Tips for AuthorsWelcome to the next in a series of tips on using Microsoft Word, geared towards authors.
Most Word advice is rather complicated and full of things you’ll never need to know.
I shall do my best to keep it simple, because you’re not stupid… just busy.
Please note: 
– Not all versions of Word are the same, but most are near enough.
– There are different ways of doing the same thing. I shall demonstrate just one (or two).

How do you write the word café? Or über? Or soupçon? Or Señor?

Word has a list showing how to write each diacritic mark. It’s the sort of list you can remember because it’s really quite guessable. Here it is: (I accessed this by clicking Help, searching for ‘diacritic’ and choosing Keyboard shortcuts for international characters.)

To insert thisPress
à, è, ì, ò, ù,
À, È, Ì, Ò…

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Divided by a Common Language

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A huge welcome to the author Olga Swan, whose new book, An Englishwoman in America, is about to be published.

Hi Miriam!  I’m honoured to be invited onto your esteemed blog. Love its biblical title, btw.

Olga Swan, authorHello, Olga. I know that’s not your real name. Can you tell us why you chose to have a pen name and why you chose that one?

As some of your readers may already know, I lost my parents 50 years ago, swiftly followed by my two elder brothers. So, as a mark of remembrance I write under the nom de plume of Olga Swan, it being an anagram of my late brother A Olswang. In this way, as the last member of the family born with this name, I’m keeping them and our unusual name alive.

I didn’t know all of that. That must have been very hard for you.

You’re a…

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Spotlight: Sue Barnard, Finding Nina

Jennifer C. Wilson

Romance with a twist 2019.04.07Today, I’m delighted to welcome the wonderful Sue Barnard to the blog, with a post all about rationing during WWII, and the setting for her out-tomorrow novel, Finding Nina. There’s also a couple of recipes you might want to try… 


Finding Nina begins in November 1943, when World War Two was still at its height and the whole country was subject to stringent rationing. Rationing was introduced at the start of the war, to ensure that everyone, regardless of status or income, would receive an equal share of goods which were in limited or short supply.

Rationing poster

Rations varied from month to month, depending on availability of individual items, but here’s the basic weekly ration per adult:

BACON & HAM: 4oz (100g).

MEAT: to the value of 1s 2d (equivalent to approximately £2.50 in today’s money). Obviously the cheaper the cut, the more your…

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