The thoughts, stories and advice of Bill Riddell.

Archive for the ‘personal’ Category

Clearing House

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 Posted in goals, personal, writing | 2 Comments »

I'm officially clearing house, not my personal belongings, but my backlog of draft posts. I had well over 50 drafts in various stages of completion (from a few lines of notes, to dot pointed outlines and a few 600+ word drafts). Basically ...

Destinations and Autographs

Friday, June 12th, 2009 Posted in personal, travel | 1 Comment »

Travel and sport have always played a large part in my life. Some of my fondest memories as a child are of summer holidays spent playing or watching sport and travelling with my family. As any self respecting sports fan is ...

Rethinking Success & Life Balance

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 Posted in advice, personal | 4 Comments »

Many people have unhealthy views of success and what it means to be successful - myself included. There was a time when I believed the measure of success was a high income, big house and a great car  - but those ...

Theory Overload

Thursday, May 14th, 2009 Posted in advice, personal, writing | 1 Comment »

We seem to have built up a society that values theory over practical. The majority of our formal education now seems to enforce this habit. Society applauds researchers and writers who publish grand theories and hypothesise endlessly. Instead should we not be ...

Suicide – The Not So Easy Way Out

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 Posted in advice, illness, personal | 1 Comment »

I wrote this post almost a year ago and seriouslly debated sharing it, this is an incredibly sensitive topic. Since then I have seen too many people whos lives have been torn apart by the loss of a loved one ...

Forget the Fear & Get On With Life

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 Posted in advice, personal, writing | No Comments »

by  _gee_ In the past I have been a fearful person. I worried endlessly about what might happen and more often than not it prevented me from finding out for sure. I am now slowly transitioning to someone who ...

More Than You Need to Know – More Than I Should Write

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 Posted in illness, personal, writing | 10 Comments »

My regular readers will have noticed that I have a bit of an aversion to talking about myself. I always have. I'd rather ask a million and one questions about you than reveal details about myself. Seriously - I have only ...

Screw the Planet, Save the Humans

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 Posted in advice, personal | 4 Comments »

by alainf1 Today is Earth Day and it seems to me like people have blown this whole global warming caper right out of proportion. In fact I think it is a load of ...

My Writing Illusion

Sunday, April 19th, 2009 Posted in advice, personal, writing | 2 Comments »

Lately my brain has been spinning with thoughts on writing. I have been questioning my abilities, motivation and how I will turn the corner to become a great writer. More importantlly I have felt like a fraud.

Ready – Fire – Aim

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 Posted in advice, goals, personal, writing | 4 Comments »

I have been one of those e people who often aims for perfection, but never gets even close. There is nothing particularly wrong with that. However I have also been one of those people who also gives up when I believe ...