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. [...]

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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 [...]

Why Self-Care is Even More Important During Busy Periods

I spent most of last week quite ill. Things are improving, but I'm not at 100%. This is an issue I've had on and off most of this year. I have a scan in late November to try to get to the bottom of why this issue keeps coming back. Last week wasn't a complete [...]

“Are You Having a Laugh?” What Freelancers Want To Say vs What We Should Say

This is a bit of a tongue in cheek one but sadly addresses a real problem for freelancers: cheapskate clients. We all know them. We've all had at least one who expect FLAWLESS ENGLISH OR YOU WONT GET PAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for the princely sum of $5 for a 1,000 word article and those who think they're [...]

The Christmas Goblin is Coming! (An Excerpt)

Here is a brief excerpt from my first children's ebook. Click the banner at the end to go to the buying page. Many thanks 🙂 He went up to the rock and gently put his hand to it. It felt warm, weirdly warm. Noticing the sky getting darker, he turned away from the rock and [...]

I Never Thought Freelancing Would Last This Long For Me

A little over five years ago with a divorce on the brink of finalising, I walked out of a job and moved some 70 miles back across the country to my family home. Then, as a man in his late 30s and still with debt accrued paying for a Master's Degree he'd finished nearly four [...]