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san francisco, Writing
On leaving your heart in San Francisco
August 26, 2015 at 10:07 am 0
10 days in San Francisco is good for the soul. I had forgotten how wonderful travel is; and travelling solo has its many virtues. A wonderful literary city, I experienced it all - from staying in a Victorian apartment in Nob Hill with cable cars rumbling up the hill outside my window; to waking to an earthquake; doing the touristy thing at Fisherman's Wharf; food trucks by the Marina at sunset; chowing down on dan-dan noodles in Chinatown; walking the Embarcadero; sampling gourmet delights at the Ferry Building; trampling down Haight St with flowers in my hair; journeying to Berkeley; gourmanding at Chez Panisse; swilling martinis at the Top of the Mark; crashing an Indian wedding at the Fairmont; walking the Castro and the Mission; scanning the shelves at City Lights; baseballing at AT&T Stadium; arty-fartying at the de Young in Golden Gate Park; inspecting ruins at Sutro Baths...and shopping. So...do you think I got any writing done?
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Great stuff
Counter culture
August 14, 2015 at 5:33 pm 0
Guys, I had a great day on National Bookshop Day! Many thanks to the fabulous team at Better Read than Dead, especially Amelia, in Newtown for talking me through the till, to those customers who were so patient with me, and to my friends and family (and editors!) that came along to support a great cause. There's nothing like being behind the counter. I had forgotten the thrill of seeing what people are buying; what's hot and garnering many ideas for my own shelves. As Meg Ryan's character says so famously in You've Got Mail - 'Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies.'... National Bookshop Day in August does just that....'Don't you love bookshops in the winter? It makes me want to buy many, many, many books....' Happy reading, everyone! Nothing beats payment for a review like cupcakes. And everyone needs a support team as good as this! Hamming it up behind the counter. I left my Hogwarts uniform at home. Thanks, Miles!
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Frankie Fox, Writing
Writing routines and finished products
February 14, 2015 at 7:33 am 0
Mostly, the life of an author is this: drag yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour, hit the gym (if you want to hope to counteract all the time spent draped over a keyboard), go to work, see friends and do normal things in the evening - and somewhere - just somewhere - along the way - squeeze in time to write. Sometimes I write in the morning, sometimes in the evening into the wee hours. When a story takes hold, it can take over and then I just listen to the inner voice. Which is why seeing the finished fruit of your labours is so gosh-darn exciting. I've been popping into bookshops whenever I can - between seeing friends and family, work and other wonders - and it's been a delight to see Frankie Fox's first adventure READY, SET, SPY in-store everywhere I go, tended to lovingly by that amazing breed of people - booksellers. Do you have a writing routine? I'd love to hear! Have you seen Frankie Fox on bookshelves? Let me know!IMG_0868 IMG_0858 IMG_0857 IMG_0855
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