#IWSG: June – First Drafts

This post is written for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of every month we post our advice, encouragement, and insecurities while revelling in the madness that is writing. For information on how to get involved, follow the link above. June 2nd Question: For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependant on … Continue reading #IWSG: June – First Drafts

20 Reasons To Love Kuroko’s Basketball

‘Lower your head.’ ‘I am absolute.’ ‘The only one who can beat me is me.’ Kuroko’s Basketball contains some of THE most iconically quotable lines in all of sports anime, and carves out an irreplicable niche for itself through intense, larger-than-life characters; almost superhuman portrayal of abilities; and the destructive nature of pride and talent. A rising underdog story, the series shows its cards by … Continue reading 20 Reasons To Love Kuroko’s Basketball

Reflections On Grief: Seven Months

[Warning: Potentially triggering content. Please use you own discretion and take care of yourself] Today would have been my Dad’s 72nd birthday. One of the last physical mementos I have of him is a seven second video on this day last year, blowing out the candles on his cake. A final birthday, celebrated in lockdown, and the complete ignorance of what was about to happen … Continue reading Reflections On Grief: Seven Months

#IWSG – May: Reader Response

This post is written for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of every month we post our advice, encouragement, and insecurities while revelling in the madness that is writing. For information on how to get involved, follow the link above. May 5th Question: Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If … Continue reading #IWSG – May: Reader Response

#IWSG: April – Risky Writing

This post is written for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of every month we post our advice, encouragement, and insecurities while revelling in the madness that is writing. For information on how to get involved, follow the link above. April 7th Question: Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in Style/POV etc, or add controversial … Continue reading #IWSG: April – Risky Writing

#IWSG – March: Reading Preferences

This post is written for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of every month we post our advice, encouragement, and insecurities while revelling in the madness that is writing. For information on how to get involved, follow the link above. March 3rd Question: Everyone has a favourite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read … Continue reading #IWSG – March: Reading Preferences

#IWSG: February – Friendships

This post is written for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of every month we post our advice, encouragement, and insecurities while revelling in the madness that is writing. For information on how to get involved, follow the link above. February 3rd Question: Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have … Continue reading #IWSG: February – Friendships

Reflections On Grief: Three Months On

Today would have marked one year since my Dad had his hip replacement; it was also the first occasion that I honestly confronted the idea of his mortality, something which, as it turned out, would hold its own poignancy. Three months is about the benchmark when people step back into ‘ordinary’ life: they’re back at work, maybe out with friends, they can laugh, and a … Continue reading Reflections On Grief: Three Months On

#IWSG – January: Someone Else’s Work

This post is written for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of every month we post our advice, encouragement, and insecurities while revelling in the madness that is writing. For information on how to get involved, follow the link above. January 6th Question: Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book, throws you … Continue reading #IWSG – January: Someone Else’s Work

The Truth About Losing My Dad in 2020

My Dad always had a story to tell; and more than anyone else I know, he was the recipient of many other people’s stories too, whether he wanted to be or not. Strangers gravitated towards him in an instinctual way, and more than coincidentally, he helped them or saved them. I remember an eventful trip to Southport once when he disappeared from us for a … Continue reading The Truth About Losing My Dad in 2020