So, fair warning: This maybe just the beginning! Today I'm going to start a post that's either of two things: a one-off piece, or the start of a series. (Fingers crossed, I should know by the end of it!) Why so indecisive you ask? Well, quite frankly, it's been a thorn in my flesh for … Continue reading C’mon men, enough with the small talk! We’re pass 50 already for cryin’ out loud
Alright. This is me keeping a promise I made. I'm going to talk about every writer's mortal enemy: The "Resistance". First coined by Steven Pressfield, the Resistance is the collective term for everything that gets in the way of the creative process. It's what every creative person in every creative endeavour endures as a result … Continue reading As writers, we must fight Resistance every day
One day, two weeks ago, I was driving my wife to her workplace when I saw an ad on a huge billboard beside the expressway. [Our country's not big on billboards so when there's one, it's really hard to miss] It nearly made me veer off into the highway railings! Somehow, this one looked exceptionally … Continue reading Is it “Life AFTER Work” or “Life WITHOUT Work?”
Yes, I did the unthinkable - I started a writer's group! Call it an itch that needed scratching. A thirst that needed quenching. But whatever you call it, just know that I'm pinning the blame for it solely on Covid-19. Or on the lonely journey of every writer. Or on a whim and a lark … Continue reading So I started a writer’s group. Now what?!
I’ll be perfectly honest: I have writer’s pause. Wait, you say. Don’t you mean writer’s block? Nope. Apparently there is no such thing as writer's block. At least not according to Marion, my writing coach. You can read her take on it here. There is, though, a reluctance to rewrite. At least for me. So, rather … Continue reading Of Chips, Remote & Writer’s Pause – The Reluctance of Rewrite
Roald Dahl once said: “A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it." Now is Mr Dahl calling me a fool, a freedom fighter, or a slave to my soul? … Continue reading Call Me a Writer or Call Me a Fool – just don’t Call Me By Your Name
I don't get it. I just don't get it. It feels like we've been living with Caleb forever now. And for most of that time, we've also lived with his autism and the challenges they entail. By now, I should know all too well that he is who he is, and my role as his … Continue reading Caleb’s school morning routine – a masterclass in ‘fixing’ his dad
11 Jul 2030 Hey Dad, How's it goin'? This year 2030, you turn 60. It’s such a big number I can’t even comprehend what it’s like living so long! How do you do it, Dad? Hahaha... Anyway, happy birthday! I hope you liked the hand-drawn birthday card I gave you last week. Remember when I … Continue reading “Thanks, Dad. Here’s why” – A letter from my son, written….in 2030!
There are three things you'll typically hear in my household on any given day or night: "Caleb! Is it (his chin) dry? C'mon Caleb, swallow your saliva, please. Look, your bib's all wet!!" Night: "Caleb! Come and shh-shh (pee) now before bedtime. Then wear your diaper properly before you get into bed. … Continue reading How soaked bibs, leaked diapers and supervised showers are my daily lessons in acceptance
For the past few weeks, I've been at a loss over what to write for this 'inevitable' milestone post. How should I best say goodbye to the 40s today, and hello to the 50s tomorrow? How do I even begin to talk about turning 50? Should I start, say, with a trivia pursuit question? Something … Continue reading Goodbye 40s, hello 50s! What turning 50 means for me.