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Salmonweird Has Its Own Website – Check It Out!

If you don't follow my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media, you probably missed my big announcement about the future of my crime comedy series (with ghosts) set in Cornwall called Salmonweird. I will self-publish the first volume of the book on 2nd September 2019. It's available on Amazon Kindle. You may preorder the [...]

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How to Psychologically Torture Your Characters – a Recipe

250g of resenting dependency of others150g of feeling like a failure100ml of selflessness and being used by people100ml of social pressures3tbsp essence of personal injustice5 medium sized organic unrequited love pods Mix all the ingredients in a pot and stir thoroughly until fully blended, leaving no lumpy bits of personal injustice. The unrequited love pods [...]

What’s Trending in SmugMug Photography: August 2019

I started this last month and the July photography post was quite popular on the blog. It was also popular on my Instagram page and led to a short boost in hits for a while. Why not do it again? This could be fun. This month, we have a few familiar photos and some that [...]

Learning to Murder Your Darlings

Although most of my focus has been on releasing Salmonweird, (just two weeks away from release now!) I've made a lot of progress on Children of Phobetor this year. I've made more progress in one year than I ever thought I would for a book that's 6 years in the making. Now I'm staring at [...]

The Fake Work Holding Your Small Business Back

The human mind has an infinite capacity for distraction. Even the most committed freelancer / small business owner is less productive in a day than they might otherwise be if they could focus properly. That's ok. Because after all, we're human and not mindless drones. While the human mind's capacity for procrastination is infinite, there [...]

What’s Trending in SmugMug Photography July 2019

July was the month I finally bit the bullet and got serious about my photography. I'd had a stock photo archive at Alamy since last June, and a Twenty20 archive since roughly last November. Stock photos was never going to be the limit of trying to get my photography out there. I'd been toying with [...]

Photography Round Up: You Can Now Buy My Images, and a New Lens

It's been a while since I posted about my photography. A couple of months in fact. Which, by this current schedule, is about 5 posts. I remember a time when I was posting 3-4 times a week, sometimes every day. As I said in my last post, web content has diversified. Blogs are no longer [...]

It May Seem Blogs Are Becoming Ghost Towns, But Readers Still Love Them

I've noticed a trend of late that new blog content from most of my subscribe-to list has slowed to a trickle. Some blogs I subscribed to in the past were writing 2-3 articles per week. Now, it seems they are barely scraping that per month, some even less frequently than that. Some haven't posted for [...]

The Images and Copyright Minefield and Where to Get Free Stock Photos

How do you get people to come to your blog without promising free cake and then disappointing them a la Portal? You need a good headline for starters or people are not going to be enticed to read it. It's not all about the headline though. Often, viewers will usually be drawn here by attractive [...]

Essential Free Software For Every Home-Based Small Business

Money is always tight for a startup business, especially when working as a sole trader / freelancer. Even if you have loan you are confident that you can pay back in time, you will come to rely on free software to maximise your slender profit margin, if you have one at all. Setting up your [...]