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Le Tour de Armchair Cushion – Part 1

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 Posted in personal, writing | 1 Comment »

A Spectator Spends 4 Days Chasing Down Lance Armstrong from the Discomfort of his Own Bedroom and Stationary Bike by Bill Riddell [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="scarlatti2004"][/caption] Over the past few years I have slowly been building a keen interest in the ...

Short Story – The Renovator

Friday, July 10th, 2009 Posted in writing | 6 Comments »

I am really excited to share my first short story. I've been writing since I was a kid but school work aside this is the first work of fiction I have completed. The idea had been rattling around in my ...

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 ...

Outsiders and Tall Poppies

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Posted in advice, writing | 2 Comments »

I am in the process of writing about a character who is somewhat of an outsider - someone who largely does not follow social conventions, the way we are expected to live our life. It is fascinating to look at people ...

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 ...

An Emergency Review

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 Posted in advice, writing | 2 Comments »

Today I want to review the latest book by one of my favourite authors, Neil Strauss. A former journalist for Rolling Stone and the New York Times, Strauss had previously mastered the art of the ghost written bio and has now ...

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 ...

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 ...