As I write, it’s day fifty-one of not seeing any other humans. And, just in case you’re reading from the future, I should stress that that’s not purely by choice. We’re in lockdown to avoid spreading a deadly disease. During lockdown, I’ve experienced many feelings. I’ve been through the ups and downs, the spurts of […]
[This post was originally written for puttylike.com] To my great surprise, I’ve written two books. The first was non-fiction, and I spent the entire process worrying about making factual errors. I checked and rechecked (and rechecked) everything obsessively. At the very least, I wanted to be able to honestly say that I’d done my best […]
[This post was originally written for puttylike.com] We can’t control whether to spend our time, only what we spend it on. This thought has echoed around and around in my mind ever since I read the story of Opus 40 – a sculpture park created by one man over 37 years(!). Part of me recoils […]
Last year my main achievement was writing a novel (which hopefully you’ll all get to read sooner than later!), but otherwise I’m not even sure where 2017 went. I feel like my life has been fairly static for a long time now, and while that’s no bad thing, it feels like I need to shake […]
[This post was originally written for puttylike.com] There’s lots of advice out there on how to achieve your dreams. But what if I don’t know what my dream even is?! How on earth do I move on when I have difficulty realising what I even want?
[This post was originally written for puttylike.com] At some point, everyone worries if it’s too late. Time comes for us all. Our lives drip away at a constant rate of one second per second. This is – to put it mildly – slightly worrying. Worse, we can’t escape the realization that every choice we make […]
[Status: Only a quick undeveloped realisation.] Isn’t it weird that something that happened years ago “feels like yesterday”, while something that happened last week “feels like forever ago”? Well actually, I’ve just realised it might not be weird at all.
I’m fond of planning. I’m a Plan Fan, a man who can plan. I plan, er… Inner critic: Hello reader. If you don’t respect anyone who can’t think of more than three rhymes for “plan”, you might like to turn away now. Anyway. I like looking ahead, you might say. But if I get too […]
[ORIGINALLY POSTED December 2015.] [UPDATED January 2017 and January 2018 with a few new awards.] I’m legitimately shocked. I just wondered how far back my annual tradition for reviewing the year with awards went, so I looked it up… And it turns out I’ve been handing out yearly awards since 2003. TWO THOUSAND AND THREE! […]
For most of us, learning to be happy after anxiety isn’t a smooth journey. If you pushed me into saying more, I’d go as far as saying it’s a bumpy journey. In fact, I’d probably get over-excited and go super-metaphorical about it: