My 2019 Maltese Adventure – Part 2

I wanted to break these posts down because the last two days of my holiday were arguably the busiest. Realising we were running out of time to see the things we wanted to see on the islands, we decided to make a plan. But the plan never went, um, according to plan. Day 5 - [...]

My 2019 Maltese Adventure – Part 1

I promised I'd blog about my holiday to Malta and here I am, finally here with some images and a run through of our holiday. After a difficult year in many ways, Cat and I were looking forward to this much needed holiday to Malta, (Ancient Roman Melite, the honey island although by rights it [...]

The Most Difficult Scenes A Novelist Will Ever Write

Or, a recipe for psychologically torturing your characters. 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Why I Love Taking Photos During Golden Hour

When I got my first DSLR a year ago, it opened up a whole new world of creativity. It gave me an excuse to go outside. My day job as a freelance writer largely keeps me at home so it was useful to help me disconnect. Now, when work is quiet, or I just fancy [...]