Shanghai Fusion

More musical references for my novel. A selection of “fusion” from the ‘1930s and 1940s Shanghai…

Karavansara is growing

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6799203853_3ac66d1476_zA very quick post today.

First and foremost – thank you to all the readers for reading this blog.
Thank you to those of you that used the Star Rating (just underneath the title of each post) to let me know they’ve been here.
Thank you to those that put a Like on my posts (at the bottom of each post – in full read mode), because feedback is precious.
And of course thank you to all of you that made…

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Writing Prompt – Out of the Past

I know, I know - I’ve been boring you out of your brain with my stuff about Shanghai.

Writing Prompt – Out of the Past

I know, I know - I’ve been boring you out of your brain with my stuff about Shanghai.

The Shanghai Illusion

book feature

hl08Who were Maurine Karns and Pat Patterson?
I don’t have much information on this strange duo, but the fact that in 1936 they published a guide to Shanghai that’s one of the most cherished (and fun) pieces in my collection.

The book (which was reprinted a few years ago by always reliable Earnshaw Books) is called Shanghai – High lihts, Low Lights, Tael Lights.
And it is absolutely outrageous.
In a…

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Supporting cast

personal feature

It sometimes happens that I fall in love with my support characters.

Now, every series should have a handful of characters the hero can call upon when he gets in trouble – as heroes will.
Not properly a sidekick, more like a recurring character.
Think Marcus Brody and Sallah in the Indiana Jones movies.

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Such characters provide support, continuity, and quite often an element of comedy that the…

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Story Bundle - Books on Writing (and more)

Story Bundle – Books on Writing (and more)

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I mentioned it in the past – I love reading books about writing.
Handbooks, collections of essays, collections of interviews.
There’s always something useful – an insight, a suggestion, an idea.

Now, the StoryBundle guys have an offer up and running – six books about writing, freelancing and living the writing life, plus other six if you shell out enough cash.
The deal is pretty straight – you…

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Free magazine - Timeless Travel

Free magazine – Timeless Travel

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A very quick heads-up.
British magazine Timeless Travels is now free for the digital download.

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The magazine is devoted to travels with an archaeological, artistic or historical theme.
Each issue is 130 pages, with quality images and contents.
From their website you can still buy hard-copy versions of the mag – but the digital download is available for free, for a number of platforms (PC, tablets,…

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Warm Up – I remember my cat

I mentioned last week I’d post some of my warm up exercises, like described in Nathalie Goldberg’s…

Warm Up – I remember my cat

I mentioned last week I’d post some of my warm up exercises, like described in Nathalie Goldberg’s…

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The Age of Style

The Age of Style

media feat

ageofstylemdBut there’s not just soundtracks, of course.
I’m listening, as I’m writing this*, to The Age of Style, a compilation of 1930s original songs published by Past Perfect in 1999.
Past Perfect is a small independent label that markets remasters of original recordings from the past (roughly 1920s-1950s).

I found out about Past Perfect in the early 2000s, while I was looking for musical references for –…

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Soundtracks

I think I already mentioned I sort of play my stories in my brain like they were movies - or I try to.