Even Graham Greene

Did you know? I found this tit-bit nestled in some crook of the internet as I was hunting for likely titles for my next book. From the Wikipedia entry on The Name of Action, by Graham Greene: “The book was badly received by critics and suffered poor sales....

Wishlist Places around the UK

I thought today would be a good day for a roundup of interesting places I’ve come across in my wanderings online, that I’d like to visit in my meanderings on-land! Mother’s Shipton’s Cave & Petrifying Well This is a tourist site, yes, but...

How Furniture Shapes Us

What is your favorite seat in the house? Mine is a cozy wingback that I found on Craigslist last year. It is perfect for reading, napping, and tea-drinking. I am fascinated by the idea that while we shape our individual homes, the furniture of the times shape us in...

The What We Wore

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘FALLS’ ? Niagara? A comedy sketch? Or a man’s fly? Apparently, it used to be plural, as in a man’s flies, or as they were also known, “falls.” I found this in the fascinating descriptions...

The Chambers Book of Days

Like the chance reference to mufti dress found in Ian Rankin, I’ve had another chance reference lead me down a little rabbit hole of historical discovery. I was reading The Hogmanay Companion– borrowed from the library, since the book is not currently in...

Mufti a la Rankin

“Mufti” If given this word in a board game and forced to make up a definition, what would yours be? I came across it in a book by Ian Rankin, Resurrection Men. It was the first I’ve read of his many novels, and I saw why he is accounted such a Master...