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OK, so let's not go into too much detail but I have been suffering from blockages lately. After the holiday season, too much food took its inevitable toll. Medicinal remedies were on hand to sort that one. However, to compound my misery, last night, my neighbour knocked on my door to inform me (gloat about) … Continue reading Let’s talk Blockages
With book signings, personal appearances and press calls, the life of a best-selling author is an exciting one. However, when one is beginning one's hopefully stratospheric rise, it can be quite a lonely one. So, its fabulous when, out of the blue, someone shows an interest. International superstar and media sweetheart Ryan Stark is slowly … Continue reading It’s always humbling to be noticed.
For me writing is all about routine. It's about having a suitable environment to allow everything else to get out of the way. It's about being comfortable and warm with minimal distractions. For many years, I didn't write. There were lots of reasons for that. Chiefly though, they were the usual ones of needing to … Continue reading My Writing Space
Obviously Ryan Stark, being the global celebrity and media sweetheart that he is, can hire an internationally famous, award-winning ex-paparazzo-turned-artiste to create a few tasteful images. However, as Ryan's somewhat more, er, real alter-ego, finances didn't run to that. But help was to hand. My daughter Emma, dusted off her Nikon and Fine Art Degree, … Continue reading The camera loves ya, baby
One of those rare days when publicity comes over writing. Rather than making do with Shutterstock or Pixelbay, I thought I would do a photo shoot to gather images for the websites and blogs, Press Releases and RSS Feeds. Fleet Street never sleeps. After all, I do have a daughter, Emma Shaw, who is a … Continue reading I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille.
It's a strange phenomenon of time that it seems to conspire against us. When you think you have oodles of the stuff, something will crop up to rob you of it. Similarly, if time is tight, lights change to red, keys mysteriously disappear, the road is strewn with obstacles. I am a purist so I … Continue reading The conspiracy of time
On a recent trip to Salisbury, my wife and I were indulging in an incidental pastime that we enjoy. Whenever we pass a bench with an inscription, we try to imagine the person to whom the bench is dedicated, musing on whether, in their lifetime, they knew that there would someday be a shady spot … Continue reading Great place for a short rest
Yesterday afternoon, we visited Salisbury Museum, where they have a Terry Pratchett exhibition. He was a early adopter of portable computing owning an VIII-7 Olivetti Quaderno, and it reminded me of my time with Psion Organisers. Using the small monochrome screen, saving to cards and syncing via a v32bis modem. Writing is writing, however and … Continue reading Imagination takes many forms