One Final (Probably) Visit to Vanuatu

One Final (Probably) Visit to Vanuatu

In December 2018 I spent a couple of weeks in Vanuatu for what may well be my final visit. My partner works in International Development and is like to have only one more assignment there. It is a beautiful country and claims, with some justification, to have the most friendly population in the world. Of […] more…
Lendwithcare: Help Entrepreneurs Work Their Way Out Of Poverty

Lendwithcare: Help Entrepreneurs Work Their Way Out Of Poverty

Lendwithcare provides entrepreneurs in developing countries with ethical loans to enable them to work their way out of poverty with dignity. The wonderful thing is that, being a loan, the money is repaid, allowing you to help people to help themselves to develop a business and at no cost to you, the lender. And with […] more…
Book Review: First You Write A Sentence by Joe Moran

Book Review: First You Write A Sentence by Joe Moran

‘First You Write a Sentence’ by Joe Moran is a mixture of advice, mostly good, and observation, which I found less interesting, probably because, as a writer, I am always looking for the former. Advice is of course just that: you can take or ignore it according to the context and circumstances. Useful advice includes: […] more…
A Personal List of Writing Guides

A Personal List of Writing Guides

Here is a selection of the best guides to writing fiction that I have discovered to date. I will be adding my thoughts on each on this site over the coming months. more…
What Makes a Good Story?

What Makes a Good Story?

Story, rather than plot, is the reason that we read fiction. As Stephen King says, ‘it’s all about the story,’ whereas he describes plot as ‘the good writer’s last resort and the dullard’s first choice.’ There are no firm guidelines on what makes a good story. If you were to ask the opinions of a […] more…
Stationery: An Important Choice for Writers

Stationery: An Important Choice for Writers

Although the final product of an author’s work is assembled electronically, pen and paper remain important everyday tools. They provide an immediate, accessible facility to record notes, sketches, dialogue and narrative in a structured or unstructured form, regardless of location and power supply. The decision of which notebooks and pens is something not to be […] more…
Galungan and Kuningan Celebrations, Bali 2018

Galungan and Kuningan Celebrations, Bali 2018

I was pleased to return to Bali again in June/July, especially as my trip coincided with Galungan. Galungan marks the beginning of the one of the most important recurring religious festivals in Bali. It celebrates the victory of dharma over adharma. It is a time when spirits of relatives who have died and been cremated return to Earth […] more…
SALAD: Southend Area Local Authors’ Day Saturday 7th July 2018

SALAD: Southend Area Local Authors’ Day Saturday 7th July 2018

Along with many other local authors, I will be participating in the 2018 Southend Area Local Authors’ Day (SALAD), part of the Southend Festival 2018 Literary Events. This is an ideal opportunity to meet local authors, share stories and experiences of their writing and yours, and to buy their books. Participating authors from a number of […] more…
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