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 over. I don’t expect you to take me up on this offer but it is genuine. The sad truth though is that most people don’t trust each other enough to disclose their postal address. Nor should they. I take my privacy and personal safety very seriously and expect others to do the same. I’ve had […]
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, love as if your whole life depended on it, find your life’s work, and try to get hold of a giant panda.”
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 warped imagination. I imagine a world in which people steal each other’s thoughts and write them down. I know exactly what people mean, so I promise that I’m not being mean when I say this. All people really mean is I agree with you. But any time you read something and think “I could have […]
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 says stuff like this is not to be trusted. My natural habitat would be a library where you’re allowed to drink tea and eat flapjacks so long as you don’t get anything on the books. Here’s to spending all your time drinking tea and writing. I’ll put the kettle on.
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 mine’s a link to my Patreon page with a joke about adopting a writer.
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 it’s more than I’ve earnt from my writing before. I decided to go back and reply to as many people as I could who had commented on my work. At least the ones who weren’t being mean about it. Maybe skipping a few who sounded like they’d been sent back in time from the future […]
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 suggestions on how to make it better. Especially when they’re right. Usually pieces turn out the way they turn out just because they get abandoned. Published. I meant to say they get published. Yes.
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 Week on MediumHow to Make $800 in a Single Month on MediumHoly cow, I made $700 in three weeks on Medium!Holy cow, I made almost $300 in one week on Medium!How to Make $600 in Three Weeks on MediumHow to Make $400 in Two Weeks on MediumSomeone earned $19,000 on Medium last month. Let this […]
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 to write under your own name. And it takes another form of bravery to write under any sort of pseudonym, assumed name, or pen name. But it also takes a special kind of bravery to write at all, to speak up at all, to give voice to what is in you to say. They always say the […]
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. You count. You matter. Your words matter. Your writing matters. You’ve as much right to call yourself a writer as anyone else who writes — professionally, for money, or for any other reason. And you’ve more right to call yourself a writer than someone who doesn’t write. You know the ones. Sat in the coffee shop, with […]
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 other cheek, let things slide, or just relax and let things go. Choosing which hill you’re prepared to die on, and disregarding the rest, is a healthy way to live. I get a lot of ‘feedback’ on my writing. Mostly when someone takes serious offence and issue with something that I clearly said as […]
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 a shit about me or my art. You do what you can. And if you’re lucky you get by with a little help from your fans. I try to make my living as a writer. But I willingly give away my work for free to anyone who can’t afford it and I’m glad to do so. Making […]
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 liking it. Let’s not lead extroverts to think that we have something valuable to teach them. Don’t encourage them. They’re likely to come round and visit so that they can ask us all about it. *looks innocent*
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 bed fling yourself into a tree. You’ll wake up with the birds… WHO HURT YOU?!! (I’m just kidding)
So you’ve been on Medium for two weeks and that suddenly makes you an expert on the subject? That’s nice. Yay for you. Go team. That doesn’t give you the right to crap on writers who don’t play by your rules. You say that you’re not here to bash fellow writers but only ascribe negative reasons to them doing things differently to the way that you do them. Because how could anyone possibly have perfectly good reasons for doing things the way that they do them if they’re doing it wrong, am I right? A straw man argument is where you deliberately misrepresent the views and actions of other people just so […]
Calendars are like to-do lists that everyone can add to. The best use of a calendar is to fill it with everyone’s unreasonable expectations, all your plans, and all those demands on your time — and then set fire to it. Just kidding. Kinda. I love the idea of a ‘day overlay’ where you create a calendar for your ideal day. My ideal day calendar has several items on it — write 500 words, go for a walk, remember to eat and sleep and try to be healthy etc. But each item is set as an all-day event. So my ideal day is a handful of things that I personally want to get done and […]
I do have a few unusual writing habits — I’m a dinosaur now. I write everything by hand and type it up on an old manual typewriter, an… Continue reading on graffitiliving »