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01/09/2014: Not in England

In a week or so, right around the time when a lonely Tibetan hill farmer lines up his iPhone to perform the world’s final ice bucket challenge, Scotland will vote on its independence. The following are my thoughts about what this means to me. Most of this remains raw and unedited because that’s ho...

23/08/2014: The Passion

A friend told me that someone asked him: "What's your one true passion in life?" He faltered. He didn't say the thing he thought he was supposed to. And that worried him. Here's what would go on inside my head if somebody asked me that: This person is asking me if I have passion. Not just ...

12/05/2014: How you feel about running

A few months back, I asked you for some help with my second novel, The End of the World Running Club, which is published next month.  I wanted to know about your experiences running - especially from those of you who run long distances.  I wanted to know how you feel about it, what moves you to ru...

21/04/2014: Fiction Unboxed

This week, Kickstarter welcomes a new project to its pages.  Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant and David Wright (who host the Self Publishing Podcast and wrote the excellent Write. Publish. Repeat.) will be asking us to fund a project called 'Fiction Unboxed'.  The goal?  To produce a book in thirty da...

20/01/2014: Calling All Runners!

I want to hear about your experiences running long distances.  Can you help?Last year I began writing my second novel.  It's a post-apocalyptic story called The End of the World Running...

11/01/2014: It's Like...

My kids and I have a game we play in the car sometimes. I play them a piece of music and then we all take it in turns to say what it sounds like. It passes the time, they have fun and I get to secretly brainwash them with my musical taste which, as everyone knows, is one of the many joys of being ...

07/01/2014: The Colour You

My wife had to do one of those psychological tests at work.  They're suppose to tell you what kind of person you are and how people should behave around you.   This one revealed her 'colours'.  The questions she answered were fed into a computer and the results told her what combination of the fol...

24/12/2013: In a Dark and Troubled Place

A few weeks back, a friend sent me an email with a video about how the John Lewis 'Hare and Bear' Christmas advert was made. He said I might like it because it was amazing how they animated the animals, but then again I might not because I was probably the kind of person who don't like Christmas a...

28/01/2013: Chilly

It's been a little over a year since I self-published From The Storm on Amazon.  Since then, roughly 15,000 people have either bought my book about a one-legged hitman and a French farmhouse buried in snow,  downloaded it during a free promotion or found a copy sitting by a statue. It's reached...

03/09/2012: Put the Nano in WriMo

Today, an old friend told me that she was going to take part in National Novel Writing Month. This November, she plans to write a story that's been knocking about in her head for a few years, putting down 50,000 words in thirty days. 1700 words a day is a good target to aim for if you're writing ...

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