This new year, I’m gonna lean into what scares me!

I'm probably going to regret publishing this. Oh well, as dame Doris Day once sang (yes I'm that old), "Que Sera Sera...Whatever will be will be". After all, the start of a brand new year is typically the time lots of people say lots of things right? Things that sound like resolutions. Or a promise … Continue reading This new year, I’m gonna lean into what scares me!

Life Hack Book Review #5 — A man in motion

{The following book was officially launched last week on Reedsy. Also available on Amazon and author's website} A while back I wrote about being invited to join Reedsy's panel of book reviewers (see Thing #5 I learned after writing 200 blogs). As one of Reedsy's reviewers, I get advance review copies and exclusive peeks at … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #5 — A man in motion

My “Writing Heroes” #4 – Those who write. Or do nothing!

Everyone would agree it's an absolute gift to come into a new work week where the calendar looks pretty empty! For a writer, that's like a sweet promise of long, uninterrupted moments filled with blissful writing. What could be better? Of course, my daily parenting duties continue, so I'm not exactly "free". Still, since last … Continue reading My “Writing Heroes” #4 – Those who write. Or do nothing!

My “Writing Heroes” #3 – Those who write what they want to know

It's been said that beginner writers would be well-advised to write what we know. No major arguments there from me. After all, as famous writer Flannery O’Connor once opined, anyone who survives childhood has enough information to write for the rest of his or her life. Meaning, even as early as 12 or 13 years of age, … Continue reading My “Writing Heroes” #3 – Those who write what they want to know

Life Hack Book Review #4 — A journey to self-discovery

{The following book was officially launched yesterday on Reedsy. Also available on Amazon and Goodreads.} A while back I wrote about being invited to join Reedsy's panel of book reviewers (see Thing #5 I learned after writing 200 blogs). As one of Reedsy's reviewers, I get advance review copies and exclusive peeks at independent publications … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #4 — A journey to self-discovery

Writing towards the world of publication with…hope?

Publication. The mecca of any newbie writer's wildest dream. (Second only to being a New York Times bestseller) But THIS newbie writer, still wet behind the ears? Yikes! Look, I'll be honest. To harbor thoughts of publishing? It's THE scariest thing I can think of right now. In many ways, I'm even putting the proverbial … Continue reading Writing towards the world of publication with…hope?

How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love

So last week I started this mini-series to talk about how to retire well. You do that you know, when you're like me; a man past 50, increasingly living on borrowed time! In that post, I talked about the first of three important truths I've come to embrace: If we don't want to suffer retirement … Continue reading How to retire well #2 of 3: Know who you are and what you love

What REALLY happens when I rewrite!

It's been a year since I wrote about my book-length memoir's rewrite process. And there's a good reason why: I've not (gulp!) been doing much of it! Notice though I said "not...much..." Meaning I have done some. So, not a complete lost cause. Then again, once you read on here to see what exactly I … Continue reading What REALLY happens when I rewrite!

Fiction Book Review #1 – Me Before You

Gosh, it feels like ages since I last read a novel! The last time was a couple of young adult fiction books I read in January by David Levithan, called "Every Day" and "Someday". Imaginative, brilliant, and hard-to-put-down. Definitely worth the time if you've not read them yet. Proof that even now at 51, I'm … Continue reading Fiction Book Review #1 – Me Before You

Note to self: when writing that 500th blog, don’t forget the 1st!

Hey K It's time to be perfectly candid about your writing, alright? Cos we both know it's no mean feat to reach a milestone of writing 500 blogs. And given your current consistency, you'll no doubt get there sooner than you think! But may I remind you this was never meant to be a numbers … Continue reading Note to self: when writing that 500th blog, don’t forget the 1st!