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Blocked

Monday, October 17th, 2011 Posted in writing | No Comments »

Diary entry Sunday 31st of October 2010: Sometimes I think if I just sit here and hammer the keys enough ill be a writer. It isn't quite so easy, but really in essence its not that much harder either. Lots of people ...

Dark Charity

Saturday, May 28th, 2011 Posted in writing | No Comments »

Sharing another short story is long overdue. This was my second effort written almost a year ago. I wanted to push my use of dialogue and introduce a bit more action. I hope you enjoy. Dark Charity A short story by Bill ...

Beyond the Horizon

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 Posted in personal, travel, writing | 1 Comment »

It's 5am and I cant sleep. I've been working on my first novel and dreaming of more travel. I've discussed the thousand dollar penalty for not getting a draft finished this month, but I haven't talked about the other side of ...

1k a Day or 1k for Charity – Blackmail for Writers

Sunday, August 1st, 2010 Posted in goals, writing | 1 Comment »

It shouldn't have come down to this, there is motivation and there is blackmail. It certainly could seem as if I've now subjected myself to the final kind in order to ensure I complete my first draft of my first ...

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…

Baffle Them With Bullshit

Monday, October 12th, 2009 Posted in goals, personal, writing | No Comments »

The rise of bullshit. It's everywhere. "If you can't convince them, confuse them." - Harry S. Truman Or as my old teacher said - "If you cant dazzle them with brilliance, then baffle them with bullshit." In interviews politicians and the like dance ...

The Fog of Writing

Friday, September 18th, 2009 Posted in personal, writing | No Comments »

You may have heard about 'the fog of war' - where mistakes occur due to confusion, incompetence and enemy tactics. Perhaps the battlefield is too big and you are overwhelmed, or it may be you are unaware of what you ...

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 ...

Le Tour de Armchair Cushion – Part 2

Thursday, July 30th, 2009 Posted in personal, writing | 4 Comments »

A Spectator Spends 4 Days Chasing Down Lance Armstrong from the Discomfort of his Own Bedroom and Stationary Bike by Bill Riddell Here is the final part of my Tour de Armchair Cushion diary, where I try to keep up ...