The Crazy Way Settings Happen (or Fast Times on London Streets)

A favorite setting I used in COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES involved gunfire, London streets crowded with iconic double-decker buses, various-sized lorries (yep, we’d say trucks in the U.S., but lorry sounds much more Brit), and my characters escaping via a legendary black cab. Until bullets shatter the windows. I posted about the experience a few months ago on the Laffeinated Ink blog, but I’m reposting most of the story here along with pics to share with my readers. First, to clarify, I’ve never had windows shot out of any cabs I’ve ever ridden in, but some crazy vehicle-related adventures have happened to me while visiting Jolly Old London-town. One event occurred when we traveled there in spring 2008 with two 18-year-olds—who knew everything and constantly reminded us ‘oldsters’ we could just go off sightseeing and not worry about them. Fat chance. Instead, tables got turned. Armed with Oyster cards, we split up outside Read more…

Tomatoes in My Office Window

Last week I posted on the Tower of London, but this time I’m going to write about my little corner of the world. We live in an area prone to consecutive years of drought conditions, but this past year has been wetter than normal, and the colors are simply outstanding. This is the view I see in my rear view mirror each time I pull my Honda out of my garage.  I watch my neighborly deer graze in the side yard while I’m drinking my morning cup of joe, and I feed a raccoon family that has been coming by every evening since early summer. I would show a shot of them, too, but since they only come at night, and the porch light isn’t really brilliant enough to aid my phone in its picture taking talents, I think it would be better if I told you about them instead. First, Read more…