You'll have noticed that I failed utterly at Holidailies this year. It was the worst timing ever this year, what with the NaNoWriMo hangover and the lurgy and FunkyPlaid being away and trying to cram so much into my last-ever Edinburgh holiday season. But I have missed a regular prompt to be creative here, and... Continue Reading →

On making messes.

Today I thought I might talk to you about making messes. And just before sitting down to write, I peeked at Twitter, and saw this tweet: https://twitter.com/matthaig1/status/673614345838985216 I have never been terribly good at making messes. I cringe at my own floundering, especially when it comes to writing, because my taste is better than my... Continue Reading →

Perpetual twilight in the Beast’s castle.

NaNoWriMo took much more out of me, creatively, than I expected. Every day this week I have attempted to compose a complete Holidailies entry and failed. But it isn't all NaNoWriMo's fault. I've been battling the dreaded lurgy since the last week of November, and now this part of the world has been plunged into... Continue Reading →

Turning Pro – Day 7

This is the seventh day in a series of posts for Desk’s digital book-club pick, “Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work” by Steven Pressfield (Open Library). The series begins here. Today I read from "My Own Moment of Turning Pro" to "The Professional Lives in the Present”. I don’t have much to say about this part of... Continue Reading →

Turning Pro – Day 6

This is the sixth day in a series of posts for Desk’s digital book-club pick, “Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work” by Steven Pressfield (Open Library). The series begins here. Today I read from “The Amateur will be Ready Tomorrow” to “Rosanne Cash's Dream” on my lunch break at work. And then I uncapped my... Continue Reading →

Turning Pro – Day 5

This is the fifth day in a series of posts for Desk’s digital book-club pick, “Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work” by Steven Pressfield (Open Library). The series begins here. Today I read from “Accidental Incapacitation” to “The Amateur Lives in the Past” and a few quotes stuck out to me. The first was: “Fear is... Continue Reading →

Turning Pro – Days 3 & 4

This is the third and fourth day in a series of posts for Desk’s digital book-club pick, “Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work” by Steven Pressfield (Open Library). The series begins here. I’m playing a bit of catch-up today and reviewing the sections “The Addict As Dramatic Hero” through the end of Book One.... Continue Reading →

Turning Pro – Day 2

This is the second day in a series of posts for Desk’s digital book-club pick, “Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work” by Steven Pressfield (Open Library). The series begins here. I’m playing a bit of catch-up here because the rest of the book-club will be embarking on their Day 3 posts... Continue Reading →

Turning Pro – Day 1

So there’s this app called Desk that I am using for writing and posting these very words and when I went to its support site to ask a question I discovered a community — not a metaphorical one, but an actual community of people talking about things that weren’t all support-related. I am sure this happens in other... Continue Reading →

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