Anybody that has read my book or blog will know that I am partial to a cup of Earl Grey, and I enjoy nothing more than whiling my time away in a cafe, writing or reading. I tend to keep myself to myself and am not given to striking up conversations with strangers, preferring to … More Light a Fire – In Praise of Teachers, Coaches and Mentors
One of the very satisfying things about publishing my first book has been seeing the responses from readers on social media, often accompanied by a photo of the book. Especially satisfying was seeing it land in Austin, Texas, both due to the distance travelled and the fact that I have a family connection there. One … More ‘So, It’s Not a Comedy Then…?’
August 2013 Dear Matthew, Welcome back. You did it! I know how hard this last few months have been. I know that you didn’t think you’d make it, but you did. I know that I don’t need to tell you this – after all, you’ve been here before after recovering from your first mental breakdown … More Dear Matthew – Buckle Up Son!
A few things I never expected to be in my life: * mentally ill * a champion for mental health * a divorcee * a single parent * a published author It’s funny how life works out. All of the above have come to pass in my life. If you had shown that list to … More Great Expectations
I don’t really have regrets, but I wish I’d seen more of the world. I can’t complain, life has been good to me, but there are so many places I wish to go, so many things that I wish to see. So when my cousin invited me to his wedding in Mexico, how could I … More Para Siempra Comienza Hoy (Forever Begins Today)
Happy New Year everybody! Just over one week on, Christmas seems like a distant memory, and, as the reality of the daily routines begin to dawn, I expect that many New Year’s resolutions are already being packed away along with the Christmas decorations. The optimism and hopes of bright new beginnings and exciting ventures, so … More You – Yes, YOU – Get Out of Your Way!
Well, it would appear that I’m a published author. And it feels… amazing! I have been an avid reader my whole life and would never have imagined that I would one day hold my own book in my hands, much less that people would want to read it. Seeing and holding my book for the … More Anything is Possible
It’s not a good time to own a penis. In the last few weeks we have heard numerous and graphic accounts of the disgusting behaviour of Harvey Weinstein, a grotesque symbol of masculine entitlement fuelled by power, status and an ego that shielded him from any sense of consideration for the many women that he … More Men – Don’t Be Arseholes!
So, I started writing my first novel. And writing a novel is, well, it’s different. I was keen to begin writing a novel, to embark upon what will be a journey of new discoveries for me, of finding new things within myself and of further exploring the craft of writing (and trying not to turn … More So, I Started Writing a Novel…. (Sneak Preview)