Announcing my new non-fiction blog: The Optimist

How has the material wealth of England compared to that of China over the last 2,000 years?


What book would make for a good introduction to the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean?


And what could rainfall have to do with democracy?


Matchsticks for my Eyes’ new sibling blog, The Optimist (, examines these questions and more!  While Matchsticks for my Eyes is about “stories in all their forms”, The Optimist is its non-fiction counterpart where I discuss books or research that has caught my eye.


Join me at The Optimist as I set out to learn more about our wonderful world – one book, article or paper at a time.

Matchsticks for my Eyes moves to a new address – please update bookmarks, RSS feeds, etc

This weekend was a big one for this blog! Matchsticks for my Eyes moved off and to its own site. The new address is


If you came here by typing the old address into your browser, following a link, or by loading a bookmark, you should have been automatically redirected to the new site. In fact, you should not have noticed any differences. Just update your link or bookmark with the new address.


If, however, you came here via RSS or email subscription, you may need to resubscribe at the new address. I will no longer update the old site and posts may not come through on the old feed.

Thanks for all your support! I hope to see you around at the new place.