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)
Do you remember Carl Lewis, the singer? You know. Carl Lewis. Singer. The performer Michael Jackson dreamed he could be. Singer of THE definitive version of the Star Spangled Banner. No? Maybe this will help jog your memory: Ah, THAT Carl Lewis. The sprinter. Multiple Olympic champion. Tall, elegant, superstar athlete of the 1980s. Yeah … More People, Know Your Limits!
Relationships are perhaps the most important things that we have in our lives. Whatever challenges we face, whatever joys we experience, the ability to share them with the people that matter most to us adds significantly to the colour and texture of our lives. Families, friends, lovers, colleagues – all have a significant impact on … More Living in the (Anti) Social Media World