Yeah, I’m GenX and I’m Smashing Freelancing…

I hate labels and I hate stereotypes. As a GenXer, I'm apparently supposed to loath the Baby Boomer "Generation Greed" as much as I'm supposed to hate Millennial "Generation Snowflake". In a recent amusing news piece on CNBC and featured on HuffPo UK, it was demonstrated that GenX really is the forgotten generation (as we'd [...]

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Free Things to Do in Cornwall in Winter to Inspire Writers and Photographers

Our lovely little corner of the country attracts millions of visitors every year. Coastal resorts such as St Ives become choc-a-bloc with tourist from the spring through to early autumn. Land's End and Sennen Cove and the striking coast of West Penwith are amazing and inspiring for creatives. If it isn't the coast, there's the [...]

How Did I Ever Organise My Time Before Freedcamp?

Disclaimer: I am not being paid for this article about Freedcamp. My views are my own. For most of my nearly six years as a freelance writer, I've not really needed to manage my work. I've simply used Sticky notes on my desktop to see how much work I have this week and help me [...]

Photographing My Way Through January

I've set myself three goals for this year (I don't really want to call them "resolutions"). The first I've already discussed, which is to continue to pursue options to get my novel Salmonweird publishedThe second is to get better at promoting my business and products on social media. I've taken steps towards this already by [...]

See More of My Photographs at Twenty20

This is the week I start a photography course to improve the handling of my camera and get to grips with all its complex settings. I already have a portfolio at Alamy with around 125 images to date. As I look to build photography into my business through 2019, I'm exploring other avenues of promotion. [...]

Winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the Writer

It's beginning to look a lot like January - cold, dark and wet. The Christmas decorations are down for most, although we keep ours up until 12th night (5th), I just don't have the heart to put the lights on after New Year's Day night. Summer is long enough ago to be a memory and [...]

None of Us Are Getting Any Younger, So Enjoy It

Perhaps a more poignant reflection for the end of 2018. It has been a difficult year in many ways, but by no means the worst I've ever experienced. I would say "bittersweet" with the start of 2019 looking like beginning with a bright future right now. January started as any other did - I had [...]

RIP Yasmin Selena Butt

The internet is now so intricately linked in our lives that we can't imagine life without it. I wouldn't have a job if it wasn't for the internet. I wouldn't have connected with other writers (and readers). Love or hate Facebook, you can talk to people all over the world with a common interest. Without [...]

Five Things I Love About Living in Cornwall

It's been two and a half years since I moved to The People's Republic Duchy of Cornwall. For 'Muricans and other non-Brits, Cornwall is that bit in the southwest that looks a bit like an elephant's trunk (see the map below). Before I met my other half, my forays into the county were fleeting. I [...]

Blog Posts to Delete for Improved SEO

Regular readers will know that this blog regularly undergoes an overhaul. It's vital for my business that I move with the times. The type of content has also changed. During the summer I made arguably the biggest change to the website since changing its name in 2012 and giving it a more professional sheen. During [...]