Podcasts that inspire me to write #4/4

In my final piece on this mini-series about podcasts, I really hope I’ve saved the best for last! For those new here, please feel free to visit my previous write-ups on this series. But if you haven’t the time, it’s okay too. Because this is the one that really speaks to how and why I … Continue reading Podcasts that inspire me to write #4/4

When writers pontificate, I take it personally

I tell myself it’s not personal. I tell myself they genuinely want to help, even inspire, other fledgling writers. But I can’t help it. As a writer, I take it personally when other writers publicly pontificate. It’s one thing to share with readers your journey to publication and financial success as a writer. It’s another … Continue reading When writers pontificate, I take it personally

The day my writing earned me USD400!

Mark Twain once said we should “write without pay until someone offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this as a sign that sawing wood is what he was intended for.“ Ouch! Thankfully, in my case, I didn’t have to wait three years to get paid for my writing. … Continue reading The day my writing earned me USD400!

A “council of wise men” for my sons?

Ever since Avengers Endgame, I’ve taken to telling my sons each night before bedtime that I love them “3,000”. Those who watched the film will know what I mean. {For those who didn’t, stay with me til the end of this post and I’ll tell you.} Since they were babies, I’ve always tucked my boys … Continue reading A “council of wise men” for my sons?

Staying home for my son with autism – one dad’s life outside of a job title

Looking back, I guess we always suspected Caleb had special needs, which we later found out to be autism. This was a suspicion that we already sensed when he was a baby.  He didn’t sleep easily, drank milk with great difficulty, ate little, but cried a lot. Everyone we knew assured us a second child … Continue reading Staying home for my son with autism – one dad’s life outside of a job title

Reasons why writers write? Same as why not everyone’s suited to a writing life

There comes a time when writers will inevitably ask THE question: Why choose a writing life? I’ve no idea, and I’m not alone. No less a giant in the literary world than George Orwell himself once said: “All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery.” … Continue reading Reasons why writers write? Same as why not everyone’s suited to a writing life

20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 2/4)

Today I’m sharing my second installment of 20 things I learned from blogging these past two years, by listing the next five things. This time round, #6 – #10 will focus on the technicalities of writing itself. Here’s hoping you’ll find this list as helpful as last week’s. Let’s go! #6 Know what I’m writing … Continue reading 20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 2/4)