#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

I’ve Fallen A Little TOO In Love With My Alien Family

I’ve always enjoyed playing with occult Sims. It adds something really interesting into the genetic mix, and aliens have always been a firm favourite. But, even I have to admit … I might gotten too involved. It started with two, who lived most of their lives in Human disguise. It has now expanded to SIXTEEN and counting, who live openly and unapologetically, a family force … Continue reading I’ve Fallen A Little TOO In Love With My Alien Family

#IWSG: December – Productivity

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. December 2nd Question: ‘Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other … Continue reading #IWSG: December – Productivity

#IWSG: November – Why Do You Write What You Write?

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. November 4th Question: Albert Camus once said: ‘The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.’ Flannery O’Connor said: … Continue reading #IWSG: November – Why Do You Write What You Write?

#IWSG: October – A ‘Working Writer’

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. October 7th Question: When you think of the term ‘working writer,’ what does that look like to you? What do you … Continue reading #IWSG: October – A ‘Working Writer’

Five Gameplay Aspects I Wish The Sims 4 Would Reinstate

Sooo, Journey To Batuu, huh? I have to say, I’m not thrilled. As someone who has never seen Star Wars, I’m not exactly the target audience for this pack, BUT I give it it’s dues: it looks like it has everything necessary to be a success – I’d be interested enough to play it even without the deep fan lore and nostalgia element. What I’m … Continue reading Five Gameplay Aspects I Wish The Sims 4 Would Reinstate

#IWSG – September: Beta Partner

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. September 2nd Question: If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be … Continue reading #IWSG – September: Beta Partner