I will literally make a mix CD for anyone that sends me their postal address. Patreon supporters are preferred, of course, because postal costs are insane. But I’ve done this for my Twitter friends in the past. I even sent them Christmas cards. So I’d gladly send music to a music lover anywhere the world […]
I love Anne Lamott. Bird By Bird is one of my favourite books on writing. She even inspired me to write a letter to God once — which was no mean feat for an atheist with writer’s block. My favourite quote by her is this one: “I thought the secret of life was obvious: be here now, […]
I could have written this but you did! I love when people say that. I also get a lot of comments like “You read my mind” “Get out of my head” or “Now I don’t have to write it.” It’s the loveliest compliment but always strikes me as a little weird — not least because I’ve a […]
If I was immortal I’d spend most of my time drinking tea and writing. Also reading books. What else is there? People say that there’s more to life. That you should leave the house. That you should go outside and enjoy the sunshine. That you should meet other people and talk to them. Anyone who […]
You can only pin one tweet at a time. There’s a metaphor for life in there somewhere. Either that or I spend way too much time on Twitter. I usually pin to the top one hero tweet — something funny, relevant, with a nice image and a link or call to action — for the month. At the moment […]
I can’t believe that it’s October already. I’ve been on the Medium Partner Program since April so the end of September marked, for me, six months of writerly graft. That’s how long it took for me to earn $100 per month for the first time on Medium but I did it. It’s not much. But […]
You are infinitely wise. That’s a great idea! Thank you for the feedback. I’m aware that I say things like this a lot — and that I could be replaced by a shell script at this point — but I do mean it. I’m delighted that you read my work. And glad when someone cares enough to give me […]
It must be like shooting fish in a barrel. These are a handful of actual titles: Wow, I made more than $1000 in a single month again on Medium!Someone made $4,400 from one story on Medium. Let this motivate you!Someone made $6,700 from one story on Medium. Let this motivate you!How to Make $200 in a Single […]
Every response is its own story. When you leave a comment on someone’s work on Medium it announces that “Every response is its own story.” In a funny way that’s actually a good way to look at the issue of whether or not to tell your stories and live your truth. It takes a particular kind of bravery […]
Writing makes you a writer. I mean that in a good way. If you write then you are a writer. It’s that simple. You have literally just one job. If writing doesn’t make you a writer then what else does? You might not be the greatest writer on the planet but you’re a writer nonetheless. […]
Good, Evil, fifteen rounds, a draw. Actually I think Norman Mailer’s six-word short story went: “Satan — Jehovah — fifteen rounds. A draw.” But you get the idea. You have to pick your battles carefully. Sometimes no matter how hard you fight, or how long, you’re going to end up at a dead loss. You’re infinitely wise to turn […]
The universe doesn’t owe you a living. That’s the sad truth for every artist — be that musician, writer, or otherwise. I’m broke and bordering on bankruptcy. I count myself very much on the list of artists that can’t afford to make their art but try hard to do so anyway. I know that most people don’t give […]
I’m a spoonie. There’s something very comforting about being able to say this and it make sense to people. If someone knows what a spoonie is they’re probably ok. For those who understand, no explanation is necessary. And for those who do not understand, no explanation will suffice. Take very good care of your spoons!
Yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, can you repeat the question? All I know is that I love They Might Be Giants and I used to watch Malcolm in the Middle. So that’s become one of my stock answers for everything. Along with: Either! And or both. Kinda. And Google it.
What can introverts teach people about being alone? Nothing, thanks. We’re fine over here quietly minding our own business. Reading books. Drinking tea. Enjoying our own company. Socialising with friends and then going home to recharge our batteries afterwards. Leading rich inner lives. Alone is just the circumstance of being by yourself. Loneliness is not […]
Insecure about something? You should be! Here’s the secret truth about something you don’t know but feel insecure about anyway. 10 reasons anyone will read anything so long as it’s a list. I write 10,000 words per day. I’m more productive than Jesus. Want to be a morning person? Every day before you go to […]