A Writer’s Five Greatest Horrors

There are things we’re all afraid of and there are things some of us are afraid of while others enjoy, such as, say, snakes. And then there are work-specific horrors like client briefs or, I don’t know, oil price updates. And then there are the horrors of writing. While I’m nowhere near a representative sample I have been communicating with other writers. We tend to be great big whiners but some things truly scare us and with good reason. Continue reading A Writer’s Five Greatest Horrors

11 Fun Things To Do in the Homepocalypse

So, everyone’s staying at home for a change and the positive effects of that are already visible on an air quality map of Europe I saw earlier today. For me, staying at home is nothing new but I can understand many people might be getting frustrated out there, so I came up with a list of 11 — because that’s my favourite number for no discernible reason — fun things to do while you Do What’s Right. Continue reading 11 Fun Things To Do in the Homepocalypse

A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 9-13

Welcome to the Apocalypse. Our regular program will resume after the panic. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 9-13

We Want to Invest in Your Book

Anyone who’s had any experience whatsoever with publishing, even with a single short story or a poem, must have acquired the kind of uneasy feeling that this is a sea full of sharks and other life forms that do not exactly have your best interests at heart. Sadly, it seems that sooner or later most of us run into these life forms. Continue reading We Want to Invest in Your Book

Sit-Down Comedy: Lost

Remember when I said I was considering a career change into stand-up comedy after I told a number of people about how I got lost in Italy? It’s all right if you don’t, I just said it again. Only stand-up is not an option because I don’t have a stage to stand up on, so I’ll be doing it sitting down, in writing. Continue reading Sit-Down Comedy: Lost

A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 2-6

It’s been quite a week here, with a quiet start but oh, what an end. You wouldn’t know unless you follow oil news but let’s just say I know exactly why we’ll all be paying less for petrol in the next few weeks and possibly months. It was a blast. There’s no drama like OPEC drama. But enough of that. Moving on. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: March 2-6

The Beta Reader Conundrum

How do you know your book is good? You ask someone to read it and tell you what they think. Or several someones, if you’re feeling brave. Continue reading The Beta Reader Conundrum