On Approval

Everyone wants to be liked. Humans seem to have a genetically inbuilt need for approval. It is deep-rooted in our psyche. We are social animals, pack animals, and it is a primal urge within us to be accepted by others of our kind. We fear being outcast, alone and unneeded, Read more…

Don’t Feed the Trolls

Social media is such an incredible development in human history. It has brought people together from all corners of the world and allowed them to connect in a way that science fiction certainly never saw coming. You can become lifelong friends with people that, just a few years ago, you Read more…

The Wonders of Walking

Much has been said about the benefits of walking. There can be no doubt it is good for both physical and mental health but for a writer those are additional benefits. For walking does so much more. It stimulates and inspires the brain. Not only is the brain being fed Read more…

I Love Walking At Dusk

I love going for walks at dusk. A time when Day has lost interest and Night is still getting ready, going over her lines. Your eyes begin to play tricks and you see otherworldly shapes in the shadowy twilight. Blackbirds urgently call to each other with staccato panic as they Read more…

A Secret To Start A New Year

I’d like to share a little secret with you. Except it’s not really a secret, it’s something you’ll have heard many times. It’s just a seemingly glib little 5-word phrase: “Everything happens for a reason”. No doubt someone has uttered those words to you in times of adversity. They may Read more…

London

Many people say what a great city London is. But it isn’t, and that makes my heart break because it could and should be. Those that live there seem to be desensitised to the harsh reality of the shocking juxtaposition of crime and poverty with opulence and indulgence. I have Read more…