Post Election Analysis

Conversation at the George breakfast table this morning: Hallam: Catherine, do you know who the new president is going to be? Catherine: You!

Lobster Pad Thai

This lunatic quest began some time ago as I was reading an amusing piece by a writer named Steve Almond about eating lobster pad thai in Maine.  As I read, I licked my lips and pictured myself serving up a similarly ravishing masterpiece to a rapturous reception.  The fact that I had cooked neither (a) pad thai nor (b) lobster …

Death Becomes Me

For all those of you who are contemplating writing a multi-generation saga for your next novel (come on, admit it), a word of warning for you. All of my previous books have taken place over a relatively short time period.  One of the things I wanted to do with my new novel was to expand that rather tired palette (to …

Eureka!

Today was kind of a big day for me and my little ole book. I’ve spent more than three years on this baby, painfully cranking out the 130,000-odd words that constitute my fifth novel, whose working title is Paradise.  (5 second pitch: “Absolom Absolom meets The Sound of Music.”)  And all this time, I’ve been wondering: how on earth am …

Happiness

How to make a 3 year-old happy: 1. Melt some chocolate. 2. Dip ice cream cone in chocolate. 3. Give to 3 year-old.

What's It All About, Alfie?

So, yeah, anyway.  This blog. I wanted to have a go at trying to give some sort of mission statement – more for my benefit than yours, really, just to keep me on the straight and narrow.  Here’s what I do not want: within a couple hours of mentioning on facebook that I was contemplating starting a blog, I got …

Inaugural Post: Growing Old Gracefully. Or not.

That it should have come to this. There we were – newbie blogger (that would be me), wife, parents, aunt and uncle fresh off the plane from New Zealand – sitting around the dinner table after one of my father’s spectacular creations (butterflied leg of lamb, thank you very much).  We were happy, replete, and a couple of bottles of …