I went for a haircut yesterday. I seem to have arrived at the point in life where I have a Stylist. I’m not sure if that is a consequence of age or income. Her name is Louise. She likes the fact that I’m a writer and a “creative”; it’s what we talk about as she […]
Our household has gone a bit China mad lately. For the two youngest children, China is their school topic this term. They have been drawing dragons, writing about the artist Ai Weiwei, making kites, and such like. I’ve been involved, too. Alongside its China topic, their primary school is trying to get its children more […]
I was reading today about the Siri app on iPhone 4s. Basically, you can ask your phone a question, or give it a task to do, and it will understand what you mean and respond. It recognises natural language instructions, and apparently does a rather good job of it. Googling around for information about how […]
I’ve earned a living as a business writer for over twenty years and written fiction for almost eight. But throughout that time, a dividing wall has kept my “corporate” writing separate from my “creative” work. The former pays the bills, the latter nourishes the soul, and never the twain shall meet. That used to be […]
An interesting new writerly experience for me last week. I was lucky enough to have one of my stories selected for a public reading by the lovely people at White Rabbit a while ago, and on Wednesday I went along to a pub in Ashford to see it performed. I’ve read my own stories to […]
(This post started life as a comment added to someone else’s blog. Thought I might add it here, too) I bought myself an iPad last week – or rather, it finally arrived last week – so that I had another way of writing when out and about. I’ve since been reflecting on the “cool” new […]
I just updated my membership of 26, the brilliant community of creative business writers. As part of the process, I had to nominate my favourite word. I don’t really have one of those. Or if I do, it would probably take days of ruminations to decide what it might be. So, in a hurry, I […]
Walking along the south bank of the Thames today, I came across a wonderful poetry installation. Called the Lion and the Unicorn, it’s part of the Festival of Britain anniversary celebrations. Hope the images from my Blackberry are legible.
This is my first stab at “digital fiction”. Scroll down to read about how I made it, and why… So…What an inspiring and mind-numbingly frustrating few days.Over the weekend I went to another excellent workshop organised by the lovely people at East Kent Live Lit. This one was all about digital storytelling. At the helm was Andy […]
It is always hard to get back into writing after a break, especially one as pleasant as a holiday in Thailand. But over the last few days I have gradually found my way back to the page. And just now I read this insightful comment from writer Clare Dudman, which captures the feeling well: “I […]
Komedia, but not this Sunday I did my reading at the wonderful Komedia Theatre in Brighton this week, for Story Studio. What an amazing experience! The venue was much bigger than I expected, and had sold out – they were actually turning people away at the door. I know they weren’t lining up to see me, but […]
Even in February, London can be very colourful, if you look up.
I went to an amazing workshop in Folkestone yesterday. The idea was to explore new ways of presenting literature to an audience. It was massively inspiring, and I put some of what I learned into practice today. I put together the little “film” here in about 45 minutes. The audio was recorded into a dictaphone, […]
Carl H. Klaus I’ve read a lot of personal essays, and read a lot about them, but I’m not sure I’ve ever written one. I say ‘not sure’ because I’ve maybe written quite a few in notebooks, or written words that could be turned into an essay, but have never tried to actually produce one […]
Great image from Gaping Void Because I spend so much time on my own, at my desk, writing, with nobody else in the house apart from the dog, people often ask me whether I get lonely. I don’t, usually. This isn’t because I’m an antisocial misanthrope. I enjoy company, mostly. The reason I don’t get […]
I bought someone a Kindle for Christmas, or contributed my share of the cost. A useful gadget, but I prefer to have all my books where I can see them, on the shelf. I was looking at one of those shelves late last night, from the comfort of my chair, and pulled down a copy […]
Yesterday was my first day back at work. Over the holidays, as usual, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to balance my working day, how to mix my different responsibilities. The aim, as always, is to find more time to write. Because if I had more time to write….ah, well. How much […]
A Boxing Day walk through the frozen pear orchards.
I was just reading an interesting blog post from Alex Keegan and came across this great quote from Arthur Plotnik: “You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. You edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” Indeed.
Blocked up like a bank holiday motorway? Devoid of any writing ideas? Here’s my Five Step Short Story Idea Generating Process (TM pending). Take a blank sheet of paper and make a random list of characters and their objectives. For example: A man who desperately needs £100,000 within a week; a woman who must get […]