When Will There Be Good News

Back in January I wrote a post about new year feelings and how terrible 2015 had been. It was a year of disasters that trundled interminably onward, with bees dying, icebergs melting, and people drowning in the Mediterranean while governments gathered, nauseatingly late, to squabble over whether or not to save them.  Everything was ugly… Continue reading When Will There Be Good News

On Rejection, Failure, Holding your Nerve, and Eating a Whole Baked Camembert

When I’m not painstakingly crafting sub-standard jokes or stealing something funny I heard someone say one time a while ago, and then wrapping it all up into a bundle so I can post it on this blog with a title that mentions cheese somehow – I spend my other spare time writing fiction. Ok, I… Continue reading On Rejection, Failure, Holding your Nerve, and Eating a Whole Baked Camembert

The Friday Happy List – 18th March 2016

Spring has sprung, the daffodils are daffodilling with a certain daffodilly panache, and sunlight is flooding abundantly in to your whole life, every day. No, I’m joking. Spring has just limped into view and apologised for the state of itself. If you are sad that you still have to wear thermal gloves to go outdoors… Continue reading The Friday Happy List – 18th March 2016

Books to Read in Wintertime

  I often write about what a lovely escape books make from real life. They’re full of people saying suave things, courageously rescuing their families from shipwrecks, brawling bare-knuckled with furious lions, or simply embarking on extended consensual no-pants parties with inventive lovers. And that’s just great. But books can do other things too. When… Continue reading Books to Read in Wintertime

Be the Bear, and Other Mantras to Get You Through Winter

If you could hibernate through winter, would you? Find a nice cave, fill it with biscuits, put on a jumper, and sleep? Sleep lavishly. Slumber in an absolutely unreachable state. I know I would. I’ve written before about my annual sad feelings which always come around just in time for Christmas, and the things that… Continue reading Be the Bear, and Other Mantras to Get You Through Winter

Mentorship, Writing Skillz, Finishing Things, and a New Short Story

As I'm sure 100% of people who have ever daringly put pen to paper, or... fingertips to keyboard... will know, writing is such a wild stab in the dark with a blunt wooden spoon. Objectivity is obviously impossible. You can guess, but never really know, if what you've written is good, or terrible, or if… Continue reading Mentorship, Writing Skillz, Finishing Things, and a New Short Story

The Friday Happy List – 30th October 2015

Hallo! It is Halloween! If you are planning to dress up as a slutty pumpkin, then please leave. If you are carving your lantern from a turnip (aye) and making a den in your living-room, wearing odd socks, leggings and a sequin-festooned jumper, then I wrote this Friday Happy List for you. (Can I come… Continue reading The Friday Happy List – 30th October 2015

‘Hardly a Season for Daylight’ – Why I Love Lanark by Alasdair Gray

I hated Glasgow for the first four years that I lived here. Before I moved, I’d been warned that it would rain interminably, but ‘the humour’ would make up for it. The city seemed to me (eighteen years old and fresh from the Highlands, as green as you get) just a big brawling mass without… Continue reading ‘Hardly a Season for Daylight’ – Why I Love Lanark by Alasdair Gray