Writing: The Origin of Ideas

12.05.19: Anyone who mentions they are a writer invariably comes up against the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” We do an internal eye-roll. Telling someone where you get your ideas will either sound boring or make you seem quite mad.

Writing: What’s Your Favourite Writing Snack?

11.05.19: Everyone eats. We all need fuel to power our brains, and brains are sugar hungry, burning up half of your body’s glucose energy. That’s why students pulling an all-nighter to finish that assignment survive on Skittles and chocolate swilled down with caffeinated pop, or a cafe mocha (my personal choice).

Writing: How to Begin a Good Short Story

11.05.19: I am a short story writer. I always have been, and probably always will be, regardless of my position in the writing world. Writers know it is good practice to read extensively in their chosen medium. If you write graphic novels, read a copious amount of graphic novels, poetry, read poetry collections. Read, write, and hone your skills. This means I have read hundreds of short stories by dozens of authors over the years. I have a bookshelf in my bedroom dedicated to short story collections as if their inner workings will seep into my brain during sleep.

Self-publishing: Why I Changed My Cover Design

09.05.19: Self-publishing is hard. Sure, uploading stuff and hitting that publish button is easy, just about anyone can do it. Making sure the thing you are asking people to spend their hard earned money on is as good as it can be is another kettle of fish.

Question: Should You Pay Someone to Self-Publish Your Book?

10.05.19: This is a big question, and everyone who wants to publish has an opinion on it, including me. I am a member of several writing groups, and this topic invariably comes up, almost on a daily basis. It really depends on your definition of “self-publishing”.

Inspiration for The Passages of Melton Hall

08.05.19: Thirteen years ago, I visited a small village in Derbyshire in the UK by the name of Foolow. It’s situated a mile down the road from Eyam, the village that shut itself off from the outside world in 1665 to stop the spread of plague. There is not a lot in Foolow aside from an 18th Century pub prized for its menu, and a duck pond.

Writing and a Self-Publishing Journey

08.05.19: I’ve been writing for nearly thirty years. Many things have sown the seeds of inspiration and I’ve penned many a tale. But it was only several years ago I decided to do something with that writing and learned all I could about the craft. I did a creative writing course back in 2007, and I wrote, and I read, and I wrote, and I read some more to hone my skills.

My Print Reading Revival

24.02.18 - For the majority of my nearly forty-three years, I have seen books as fragments of time. They would remind me of a place or a person, of an era of my life long gone. I also enjoyed displaying them in a look-how-much-I-read kind of way. Yes, I was that book snob and proud of it.


Do You Observe Like A Writer?

23.02.18 - If you are a writer, you are most likely a people watcher. You absorb everything going on around you whenever you interact with others. If you go out with friends or family they are constantly swatting you upside the head telling you to stop staring at the quarrelling couple two tables over. If you are by yourself, you don’t care who knows you are watching.


Do Indie Authors and Merch Mix?

19.02.18 - I’ve been thinking about this for months. YouTubers, gamers, mystics, fitness coaches, Indie filmmakers, and Indie bands, among others all have merchandise for sale on places like Teespring, Etsy, or Spreadshirt to name a few.


My Fight With A Favicon

18.02.18 - There’s not a lot you can do with 16×16 pixels. Yet we need those pixels to differentiate our web pages from other sites in lists and tabs in our web browser. I have been fighting feverishly with my favicon for over a year. Who’d have thought so much blood and sweat would go into such a small thing?

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