It is all very well to be able to write books, but can you wiggle your ears?

The story of my life.


October 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

A word on writer’s block mostly to myself.

Here’s a startling revelation: writing a novel is hard. It’s why people talk about having writer’s block. What they mean is, I’m trying to do something incredibly hard, and it’s … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Download for Facebook Friends

Thanks to everyone who asked to read my story. I just hope you like it! Briefly: Journalist Charlie Lockhart is forced leave his family and disappear afterĀ one of his sources … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why I’m not Charlie – and the dilemma for French media today.

The whole world is Charlie today. Everyone is carrying pencils and drawing cartoons and in some cases drawing cartoons of pencils. It’s hard to know how to react to such … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Smoke Child

I posted a first chapter of this story online a while ago, except that it turned out not to be the first chapter at all. The early focus of the … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Inspiration for writers

Sometimes I stumble on blogs with interesting ideas for improving writing. I thought I’d offer an idea in return. Do you ever find a character doesn’t quite ring true when … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

British Telecom: The World’s Worst Customer Service?

Not so long ago, I wrote on this blog about my experience with First Great Western, the train company who gave me a rubbish journey, but who also gave me … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

A first chapter…

So I haven’t been blogging for a while, because I’ve been writing. Here’s a first chapter of what I’ve written. Does it grab you? Chapter One The garbage truck rumbled … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Dear Greenpeace…

Dear Greenpeace. Please stop referring to your cameraman Roman Dolgov as a ‘freelance journalist’ who should be treated differently from the others in the group of activists who have been … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

Sad news today of Elmore Leonard’s death. Here are his excellent rules of writing. 1 Never open a book with weather. If it’s only to create atmosphere, and not a … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment