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2014-06-25 06:06:54 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

So I'm writing a book...

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2014-07-21 16:06:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Of Gaza and Telegenically Dead Palestinians...

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2014-03-03 07:53:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Arabian Leopards Are Tarts
I took this pic in 2008. The picture in the National today  shows matey clearly hasn't moved in the past six years. Nice wee story in The National today about how Sharjah's Arabian Wildlife Centre has been working to pull the Arabian Leopard back from the b...

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2014-07-29 12:30:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

If Gaza Were Ireland
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) As the world stands idly by and Ban Ki Moon waffles incomprehensibly about peace, it struck me what would have happened if Britain had behaved in Northern Ireland as Israel has in Gaza and the West Bank. It's the same sort of gig,...

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2014-07-21 16:06:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Of Gaza and Telegenically Dead Palestinians...

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2014-07-21 05:09:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Of Gaza And Telegenically Dead Palestinians
(Photo credit: AlphaBetaUnlimited ) I have long been struck by how little people back home knew - or cared - about the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. Advancing that understanding was a big part of my intent in writing Olives - A Violent Romance, wh...

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2014-07-17 15:43:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

We Are Amused
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) The strange and, well, basically 'wrong' minds behind the Pan Arabia Enquirer have long provided me with much gentle amusement, even though I have been associated with many who have for one reason or another been horrified, outra...

2014-07-04 16:00:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

I first came across Richard Pierce's 'Bee Bones' on Authonomy in 2007. Now it is to be published.

And I am glad.

2014-07-04 14:24:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Bee Bones
Back in 2007, a post on uber-blog Boing Boing alerted me to a new website from Harper Collins Publishers called 'Authonomy'. The site allowed you to upload the first 10,000 words of your book and then have other writers critique your work or vote it to the ...

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2014-06-27 10:54:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Infinity Conundrum
  (Photo credit: mag3737 ) Professor Liddle seemed to appraise his visitor coolly. Urquhart wore a camel greatcoat and a trilby. Unbuttoning the coat revealed a moss green suit, on his feet brown brogues finished off the odd appearance of a man outside his ...

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2014-06-25 06:06:54 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

So I'm writing a book...

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2014-06-25 04:27:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

On Writing Books
Quill (Photo credit: campra ) There you are, head thoroughly in the clouds. You're in the middle of a rainy day in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. It's cold and there's a wind - what they call in Ireland a 'lazy wind', the type that can't be bothered to go around y...

2014-06-15 04:01:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Shaheen The Camel. A New Gulf News High.
Gulf News is breathlessly presenting the World Cup match winner choices of 'Shaheen', a camel apparently blessed with octopus-like powers of footbally prescience. Or as GN puts it, 'our resident hump-backed football genius." Shaheen is placed next to two si...

2014-06-11 15:20:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

HSBC IVR SNAFU
(Photo credit: lipjin ) HSBC has, in a moment of rare brilliance, broken its IVR. Not that it was ever an IVR to write home about in the first place, but now they've really cemented things and ensured it doesn't let you do telephone banking. The one thing y...

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2014-06-09 15:03:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Amazon, Createspace And When Customer Service Goes Heroic
So my third serious novel, Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy is only available online, there's no Middle East edition. Don't you just loathe people who start sentences with 'so'? Me too. You can buy Shemlan as a paperback from Amazon.com (and the various Amazon dot...

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2014-06-09 15:03:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Amazon, Createspace And When Customer Service Goes Heroic
So my third serious novel, Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy is only available online, there's no Middle East edition. Don't you just loathe people who start sentences with 'so'? Me too. You can buy Shemlan as a paperback from Amazon.com (and the various Amazon dot...

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2014-06-06 17:31:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

How To Drool A Frog.

Some of the more interesting and strange search results on the blog recently have reminded me of stuff I've posted that I'm really proud of - like why Subway puts evil shit in its bread or Tim Hortons makes French Vanilla coffee that's not French and contains no vanilla.

Why conformity is evil is probably my favourite - and least celebrated - post in a long time.

And other stuff. The things you people search for are, BTW, something of a concern...

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2014-06-06 17:19:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

How To Drool A Frog - More Weird And Wacky Searches
(Photo credit: thms.nl ) I occasionally dip into Sitemeter, the natty little analytics widget I don't use very much, to see what people have been searching to land themselves on this mouldy sub-corner of the Interwebs. I took such a dip today because I coul...

2014-06-05 03:57:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

As diplomatically told as I know how, this is the mini-saga of how Virgin Megastores Middle East refused to stock my books until the company's President stepped in and said "Make this right" and it was.

Which is why you can go to any Virgin store this weekend and BUY BUY BUY my lovely books.

2014-06-05 03:53:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Virgin Is Now Stocking Alexander McNabb Books. And I Am Glad.
When Olives - A Violent Romance first started to infest bookshelves around the UAE, the sales team at distributor Jashanmal making their rounds and proposing booksellers stock this finest of novels, it failed to appear on the gorgeous red displays at Virgin...

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2014-05-30 06:23:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Book Review: Zero History
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) It's terrible not to have the time for stuff and I'm increasingly struggling to cram everything in. I suppose the pressure of writing is foremost: when you're 'in the flow' everything becomes subordinate to your own work and the w...

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2014-05-29 03:48:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

So I get to hear a recording of a recording of a person talking about the news I knew and saw the day before...

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2014-05-29 03:47:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Groundhog Day
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) It's been one of those weeks. First we had the tremor from the Qeshm earthquake and then Google's Driverless Car. The link? Well, those few weird moments of seeming terrestrial liquefaction having been enjoyed, I then got to watch...

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2014-05-28 04:03:52 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

Dubai Earthquake Tremor Shock Horror
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) There I am minding my own business yesterday and then wooah what was that? It's a strange feeling, like the ground just liquefied, your gut sort of goes googly and the Masafi on your desk is doing interference patterns. And you re...

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2014-05-26 16:25:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Deferred Anticipation
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) This apropos nothing... I had an English teacher by the name of Fitch, DM Fitch if I recall. He was the absolute spitting image of Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver's Travels . I kid you not. It was bloody eerie. Although cle...

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2014-05-22 15:21:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Okay, so I'm bored with the UAE labourers story. And self censoring expats. And, well, all sorts of other stuff.

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2014-05-22 05:00:14 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

The Trouble With Labour
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) The local partner of the New York Times, which reprints the newspaper for a small and discerning audience in the UAE, chose not to print one issue of the paper this week, Monday's, which carried a report on the labour conditions o...

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2014-05-19 03:45:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Writing Inspirations: I Stole This From Roba
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I first met Jordanian blogger, trouble maker and Converse-loving spectacle rack Roba Al-Assi at the inaugural ArabNet Beirut. She's a sweetie. She was never to know that I am a habitual thief and stealer of people and souls. Like ...

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2014-05-16 09:23:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Book Post - Promotion And All That
(Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn ) I've just been working on slidesets for next week's series of workshops on how to write, edit and publish books. In the last of the three, I look at getting an agent and also self publishing. And that invariably leads to the kno...

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2014-05-14 16:07:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Life Is Just Dandy
(Photo credit: _DaniloRamos ) Or if you prefer to be Amerikee about it, everything is awesome. I've been very offline for the past six weeks. It's been ginormous fun. I've been cooking or playng iPad games in my spare time. Mediocre Software's Smash Hit is ...

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2014-05-04 03:46:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Frabjous!
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and ...

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2014-05-01 15:23:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

I'm on the radio bigging up my all time favourite authors and books on Saturday. They usually focus on one book, but I reckoned that's not enough book for a whole hour of radio, so I tried to pick four - one for each 'slot' between the news and ad breaks.

The choice nearly bloody killed me. Seriously. Here's the whole tortuous thought process in glorious technicolour...

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2014-05-01 15:10:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Talking Of Books. Again. Well, Do I Ever Talk Of Anything Else?
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Following from the delights of co-hosting Dubai Eye Radio's 'Talking of Books' show a couple of weeks ago, they've been potty enough to ask me back for the coming Saturday's literary extravaganza , in which I'll be their 'book cha...

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2014-04-19 14:15:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

The Way We Tell A Story
Says I to him, I says, says I, Says I to him, I says, The thing, says I, I says to him, Is just, says I, this ways. I hev', says I, a gret respeck For you and for your breed, And onything I could, I says,
I'd do, I wud indeed. I don't know any man, I says, ...

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2014-04-11 10:34:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Book Post: Talking Of Books
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I'm co-hosting Dubai Eye Radio's Talking of Books tomorrow and so 10am to 1pm will see me sitting in the studio and partaking of all sorts of booky shenanigans. It's on 103.8FM if you live in the UAE and the live stream is linked...

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2014-04-07 07:29:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Kinder's 'Next Face' Gender Bender
That's not a girl - it's a boy with some badly Photoshopped hair extensions. What an odd thing to do to a chocolate packet! What an odd thing to do, indeed, to a child. If they're going to take those kinds of liberties, would you want your child to be the '...

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2014-04-06 11:26:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Down Home On The Farm in Dubai
  It reminded me of the scene in Terry Gilliam's brilliant 'Brazil' where our hapless hero and his heroine are driving into the sunset down a road lined with advertising hoardings. We had turned off the Emirates Road into the Al Barari development only to f...

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2014-04-03 07:58:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Of Lacunae
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I think this is the longest I've ever left the blog unattended and it really shows - there are weeds growing in the cracks, a general feeling of shabbiness and disrepair and the guttering has come away from the side of the wall, l...

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2014-03-21 07:31:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Book Post: Writers And Storytellers
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) I was struck during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature by the difference between writers and storytellers. The two aren't necessarily the same thing, you see. You can be a good writer and a bad storyteller and also a bad ...

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2014-03-18 08:28:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

April 8th Loometh For Windows XP Users...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) On April the 8th Microsoft will end support for Windows XP and Office 2013. A lot of people are still using Windows XP and for good reason. And it's not just because they like the Teletubbies' home field on their desktop. The old ...

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2014-03-13 15:05:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Book Post: When The Olives Weep
I've written a screenplay based on Olives - A Violent Romance . I have to tell you, it was a great deal of fun and a most fascinating exercise. And the first thing I did was give it the title I should have - if there were anything between my ears other than...

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2014-03-12 08:32:46 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

The Trams Are Coming! Switch Off Your Mobiles!
 (Photo credit: Gerard Stolk (vers le Midi-Carême) ) According to Emirates 24x7 today , you will have to switch off your mobile when in the proximate area of a tram when the new Al Sufouh tramline opens for business. Why? How are they going to make that wor...

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2014-03-09 16:00:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

The LitFest That Was
I suppose someone, somewhere will be expecting me to have something to say about the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. It was nice. Deon Meyer and Simon Kernick were great company (as were their lovely 'others') and we chatted outside the 'Green Room...

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2014-03-05 11:33:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Would I like to write a 1,000 word short story for Time Out Dubai as part of their coverage of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature?

Hell, yeah!

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2014-03-05 11:29:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Gerald Lynch Short Story In Time Out Dubai Shock Horror
Would I like to write a 1,000 word short story for Time Out Dubai as part of their Emirates Airline Festival of Literature coverage? Sure, no problem. The story idea was in my head as I pressed 'end call'. 1,000 words (and a lot of slicing and dicing) later...

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2014-03-03 07:53:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Arabian Leopards Are Tarts
I took this pic in 2008. The picture in the National today  shows matey clearly hasn't moved in the past six years. Nice wee story in The National today about how Sharjah's Arabian Wildlife Centre has been working to pull the Arabian Leopard back from the b...

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2014-03-01 14:49:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

A second volume of blog posts from Fake Plastic Souks? Yes! Can you even CONTAIN your excitement?

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2014-03-01 14:42:04 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Fake Plastic Souks - The Fear Returns
I've gone and done it again. I couldn't help myself. I've published another collection of 'best of' posts from years passim of this marginal, silly little blog. At the time I did the first volume as a test file for a self-publishing workshop, I joked that i...

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2014-02-25 13:48:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Three super cool things for the price of one! A link to my Emirates LitFest blog author interview AND a post about book clubs AND a whole load of new questions about 'Beirut - An Explosive Thriller' answered. 

What more could you WANT? What MORE?

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2014-02-25 13:36:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Book Post: I Love Book Clubs
(Photo credit: MEGATOTAL ) It's getting busy with the LitFest around the corner, interviews here, blogposts there. Here's a LitFest blog post in which I answer the immortal question, "Can you teach someone to be a writer or is it an inherent quality?"   amo...

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2014-02-24 08:34:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Should authors have to deal with censorship? Do authors have responsibilities for the content they create - should they be answerable in any/many ways? This is the debate we're going to be having between three authors and the UAE's National Media Council - the body responsible for censorship in the UAE that has to read my books before they can be printed here.

It's taking place on the 8th March at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literarture. And it promises to be fascinating!!!

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2014-02-24 06:00:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Emirates Airline Festival Of Literature Fun
(Photo credit: IsaacMao ) Saturday the 8th March will see me once again pretending to be an author at the LitFest. As well as my usual moderatin' and likely some radio stuff as well, I'm on a panel, "Of Spies, Conspiracy and Censorship", which promises to b...

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2014-02-23 08:42:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

The Road Oop North - National Paints Opens Up
(Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Sorry, second post about traffic in a week, but we took the Mohammed Bin Zayed Road north from Dubai to Ajman yesterday - the day the northern section of the National Paints Widening project opened - and what a glorious ride it wa...

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