Friend Links for Medium


They say you should start as you mean to go on.

I wanted the first post on Chapter 23 to be something of value rather than just throat-clearing so here we go.

Here are the Friend Links for all of my existing posts on Medium to the end of 2019.

This means that you can read everything I wrote on Medium for free despite it being behind their paywall.

Think of it as a giant fuck you to Medium.

Wait. Did I say that out loud? That’s not what I meant to say at all.

Think of it as a giant THANK YOU to my readers.

Yes. That sounds much better.

In the New Year I’ll send out regular friend links to all of my writing — past, present, and future.

So expect at least once a week to see an excerpt of a post with a friend link to the full article so that you can read it for free.

I’ll also post special things that you won’t find anywhere else on an ad-hoc basis but that’s a secret so promise not to tell.

Paid subscribers can also expect something extra on the 23rd of every month.

Surprises are in store for those who stick around.

Happy reading!

Friend Links

Fingers Pointing at the Moon

Haiku for Her

Chicken and the Road

Perfection is the Starting Point of the Soul

Acceptance Speech

The Field

American Policeman

Digital Zuihitsu


Red Light Warning

What’s in Your Drafts Folder?

Good grief, Goodreads  

I’m Scared That 20 Years Ago I Killed Myself

Random Green Man

Asshole Astrology

Lovecraftian Observational Humour

Five minutes of silence

According to Medium I’m a Top Writer in Humor

The Crossroads of ‘Well, duh!’ and ‘No fucking shit?’

How to Make It on the Misogynist Dominated Tedium

Heavy on the Magick


What’s the Point You’re Trying to Make?

So You’ve Been on Medium for Two Weeks and That Suddenly Makes You an Expert on the Subject

I Love Music More Than I Love You

Let Them Eat Fish

There’s Nothing Correct About Political Correctness

For the Love of Good Music

Colours of a Bruise

Boiled Lobster

What’s Your Story?

One Minute Reads for Writers — 30 Posts in 30 Days

We Are Full of Humans

Notes from a Conversation I Never Had with Paul Auster

Notes From a Talk by Timothy Leary

The Hero’s Journey in 27 Chapters

Tick Tock

Aw, Shucks

You Edit Your Work

Books are Speaking to Them

Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight

How Random is Random?

Remember What The Dormouse Said

What’s your Textual Preference?

Campfire Stories

Book to Film

To Do List of a Non-writing Writer

How to Get Inside Your Character’s Head

John Gardner’s Fictive Dream

Can Writing Be as Fun as Playing Video Games?


Just Write


Dialogue Exercises

The First Draft


What Are Your Excuses For Not Writing?

How many characters do you really need?

Writing Critiques Without Tears

Write Or Die

Advice on Getting Published

Does The Size Matter?

They Call Me Mister James!

Welcome to Sarcasm

Don’t Give Up — Get Better

A message for young people from a grumpy old man

This is my courageous life, show me yours

I Wrote a Letter to God

Buy Me a Drink and I’ll Tell You a Story

Life is a Game: Insert Coins & Press Start

I’ve contemplated suicide every day of my life since the age of eleven

My Photos of Japan

Possum Living

Review: Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Review of ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain

Review: ‘From Zero to Sixty’ by Kat Tretina

No-One Gives a Shit About Your Blog

Review of ‘Unspeak’ by Steven Poole

Review: ‘Operation Enough! How to Retire Remarkably Early’ by Anita Dhake

What is good communication?

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Twitter* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

Image Prompt 11

Image Prompt 10

Life is a shitty first draft — you only get rewrites if you’re Buddhist

To blog or not to blog

All writers are assholes but not all assholes are writers

Character — The Carrot and Stick Approach

I’ve launched a Patreon campaign to support my writing. April fools Day marks the official start.

Postcards from Japan

Rule of Thumb #ruleofthumb

Fat Man Blues — Review by James Garside [The Magical Buffet]

Review: ‘Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder’ by Nassim Taleb

Review: Mark Thomas — Showtime from the Frontline, West Yorkshire Playhouse

All Writers Are Gaijin

Nanowrimo Boot Camp

We’re all going home in an ambulance

What are Your Writing Obsessions?

Stupid Library Questions

Please Don’t Read This

No offence intended, but shut the fuck up

Why don’t we just talk about loneliness? [Big Issue North]

Review: Twitter for Writers — Rayne Hall

A brief introduction to the Beat Generation

6,000 reasons to burn my laptop. Apparently.

Murder on the trans-siberian express

Writer’s Notebook: Copywork and Story Models

Writer’s Notebook: Destroy the Heart

Death and Taxes

Writer’s Notebook: A Writer’s View

Noam Chomsky on Writing

Writer’s Notebook: The only relationship you need to cultivate is between you and the page

Writer’s Notebook: Dawn Chorus

Writer’s Notebook: Once upon a time in Brighton

Sorry, wrong meeting

Shut up, James

What to do when someone is wrong on the internet

Review: Old School — Tobias Wolff

Writer’s Notebook: Automatic Writing for the People

Writer’s Notebook: Five Pages Per Day — the daily output of a non-writing writer

Writer’s Notebook: Diary Extract

Writer’s Notebook: Scratched Vinyl

Writer’s Notebook: What’s Your Origins Story?

Review: Consider the Lobster — David Foster Wallace

Writer’s Notebook: Environment / Setting

Writer’s Notebook: I’ve no idea what I was blathering on about

Hating Harry Potter

Writer’s Notebook: Totally Gonzo

My Twitter Rules (in the order that I just made them up)

Writer’s Notebook: cul-de-sac

Writer’s Notebook: Advice from a Drunk Writer

Writer’s Notebook: In the beginning was the Word

Writer’s Notebook: Words of Encouragement

Writer’s Notebook: Some Thoughts on a Media Diet

Review: The Magic of Israel Regardie

Review: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Dave McKean on his creative process

Notes: Generation Hex

Some notes on presentation skills

Why do you write? To show the world its own dreams.

The post-it notes of a non-writing writer

If I wasn’t a fraud or afraid…

Writer’s Notebook: Read Once and Destroy!

R.I.P Graffiti Living

Notes from the Trenches — Ask Me Anything

Notes from the Trenches — Don’t Break the Chain

Notes from the Trenches — Unfriendified Flying Pig Poo

Notes from the Trenches — Nano Why Mo?!

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a typewriting monkey

Evil Pixies and How to Beat Them

Pictures of scratched vinyl

graffiti living: write to live, live to write

Sparky: writers, shamans, creativity and magick

What do your reading habits say about what you should be writing?

Cold White Room

‘Don’t just do something, sit there!’

Healthy, wealthy, and wise

Black Mirror

Chaplaincy Bet

Story Bowls


38 Minutes Delayed by a Fatality

Save the Hedgehog of Democracy!