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

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

Write Them Real, Write Them True

There’s a topic that has been nagging me for quite a while, demanding attention and asking that my opinion on it be shared with the world. My usual response has been “Shut up and go sit in the corner, you’re too politicised as it is” but a recent chat with a fellow writer sort of convinced me it was possible to write about it without enraging armies or even your discussion partner. The nagging topic is about men writing female characters and, gasp, women writing male characters. Continue reading Write Them Real, Write Them True

A Profound Look Back at the Week: February 17-21

The first signs of spring are in the air in my part of the world and though it’s a bit early in February, I don’t mind it, too fed up with having to wear a dozen layers of clothing when I go out in the morning. It’s not that cold — we’ve got nothing on Canada, northern Russia or the States — but it is unpleasantly cold and it’s been cold for long enough. Enter spring! And close the door behind you because draught kills. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: February 17-21

Sour Graping Tactics: Lose like a Winner

I believe one of the very few things all humans feel the same way about is failure. I may well be wrong and there may be failure addict clubs somewhere, where people swap stories of glorious failures and spectacular humiliations, and plot new ones. Anything’s possible. But most of us don’t like failure. It’s evolutionary. So we’ve got coping mechanisms, some better working than others. Continue reading Sour Graping Tactics: Lose like a Winner

A Profound Look Back at the Week: February 10-14

The first genuinely boring week of the year did not betray my expectations. Nothing interesting happened this week, at least not in the world I choose to inhabit. It was time, really. Mid-February is the time you start to settle into the year, which is no longer as new as it was in January, and some scratching and bruising around the edges begins to appear. But even nothing merits a profound look back so I looked back profoundly. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: February 10-14

One Word: Discipline

I’ve been having trouble getting up in the morning. The waking up part is easy enough but the getting out of bed part is giving me trouble. So I use the magic words: “That thing won’t write itself, you know.” Works like a charm. And I’ve got lots of magic words. Continue reading One Word: Discipline

DF Part 6: A Bad Day to Travel

When my phone started beeping while it was still dark outside my first thought was ridiculous: that something bad had happened to Antonia. My second thought was sane, reminding me she was sleeping in the room across the hall. And then I saw the number calling and the hour, and the worry reignited. Continue reading DF Part 6: A Bad Day to Travel

A Profound Look Back at the Week: January 13-17

We are now at the end of the second full week of 2020 and life continues to be interesting for those who bother to give the interestigness a chance. Continue reading A Profound Look Back at the Week: January 13-17