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Giving Birth to a Premature Novel

Saturday, October 30th, 2010 Posted in advice | 2 Comments »

In my last two posts I discussed effectively blackmailing myself to finish a draft novel I have been working on for some years now. If it was not completed by the end of last month I had promised to donate ...

Around SE Asia by Facebook

Saturday, June 5th, 2010 Posted in advice | 4 Comments »

I had planned to write the travel diary of lifetime - accompanied by brilliant photography, a masterstroke of photo-journalism. Or something like that. I had pens, a laptop, two cameras, notepads, moleskins and every other device needed to document a ...

Castles in the Air

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 Posted in advice, personal | 1 Comment »

Confession time - I'm a dreamer. Always have been and probably always will be. In my mind I have travelled the world, done great deeds, associated with the wonderful/talented/beautiful and amassed great wealth via many ingenious ideas. Furthermore I have spent countless ...

Traveling Away From Yourself

Friday, February 26th, 2010 Posted in advice, goals, travel | No Comments »

I've recently returned home after spending the year so far (and the last few days of 2009) travelling South East Asia at a manic pace with a very good friend. In that time we covered 4 countries (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam & ...

Doing and Doing Well – Writing, Driving & More

Thursday, December 17th, 2009 Posted in advice, personal, writing | No Comments »

Skill sets and sub-skill sets, racing and driving, paddling and swimming, finger painting and creating a masterpiece. Technically they are all the same thing – but in reality worlds apart. Lets examine some examples of doing and doing well…

My Thoughts on Religon

Friday, December 4th, 2009 Posted in advice | No Comments »

I think religion is a bit like communism - in theory its is wonderful notion (a community of people sharing for the greater good). But anything can be corrupted or misinterpreted. My belief is that religion served a vital purpose many ...

Trust Yourself – The Importance of Self Reliance

Monday, August 24th, 2009 Posted in advice, illness, personal | 5 Comments »

What do you do when the world around you is getting hostile? When the people you loved and the people society tells you to trust, have turned against you? When even your beloved parents say that you are wrong? Do you ...

The Wisdom of James Dean

Sunday, August 16th, 2009 Posted in advice | 5 Comments »

"Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die tomorrow." - James Dean Inspiration for me often comes from a number of odd sources. A former world champion motorcycle racer taught me some of the most ...

Rocking & Writing – The Backdoor to Success

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 Posted in advice, personal, writing | 4 Comments »

Red Door by tuey I've always looked for the more unconventional, less traveled path to get what I want. Very few people look beyond plan A; as a result, the conventional path often becomes ...

Tropic of Cancer – Book Review

Thursday, August 6th, 2009 Posted in advice, writing | 1 Comment »

I had been encouraged to read Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer by quite a few people over the last year or two. It sounded, good so I succumbed and ordered the book. The novel sat for several months in my ...