The jukebox was now drowning out the conversation. It was Fresher’s week and the students in the pub with their newly found freedom and student loans had just discovered the late seventies and a wave of nostalgia swept over the four lads sat in the corner of the bar. Jilted John blasted out accompanied by … More Leg It (Part thirty-eight)
I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m lazy. Most people are. Why choose the difficult path when there are far easier options available? I see people climbing mountains, trekking across deserts or rowing across the Atlantic and despite having some admiration for the effort, my overriding feeling is why bother? I know someone who once … More From lazy to legging it. (Why I’m running the Great North Run)
Now I’d been in trouble at school, not doing homework and that sort of thing but nothing like the trouble I was about to experience. What do you do when you’ve been thrown out of class? Burns hadn’t given me any instructions. Did I go straight to the Headmaster’s office? Did I go home? Did … More Leg It (Part thirty-seven)
I headed up the cold, damp stairwell to Elvis’ flat, it was a depressing walk. I wasn’t sure what I was going to say but knew I had to make amends for last night. I possibly shouldn’t have told Elvis that I was going to approach Bumper but I thought he needed convincing. Marie answered … More Leg It (Part thirty-six)
As discussed in my previous blog, I’d been dipping in and out of the idea of writing Troll Life for about a year or so and did some work on a synopsis and character profiles in the summer of 2016. I don’t know how long I spent on it in total but I’m going to … More Time to write. (How long does it take to write a novel Pt.2)
Writer’s get asked many questions “what’s your proper job?”, “are you rich?” and “have you thought about writing about a wizard who lives under the stairs?” being just a few of them. One of the most frequent questions is “How long does it take to write a novel?” It’s a question I rarely have an … More Time to write (How long does it take to write a novel?)
Claire picked up the invite for the school reunion. That’s when she would do it, they met at school, and it was fitting that they would part at the school reunion. She had been happy, once. She remembered school; she was popular, especially with the boys and people used to take an interest in what … More Leg It (Part thirty-five)
As I’ve mentioned in many of my blogs, I am passionate about my home city Sunderland. My novels are all set there and I believe that it is a hidden gem waiting to be uncovered by the rest of the world. I was recently asked my views on why Sunderland shoud win the UK City … More Local author supports Sunderland City of Culture 2021 bid.
I was quite surprised to find Bumper working the day after his nuptials. He explained that he couldn’t afford to lose the business by going away on honeymoon, which was understandable. I was even more surprised at how readily he agreed to my plan. “You do realise how dangerous this could be, don’t you?” “Fuck … More Leg It (Part thirty-four)
I’ve been meaning to write this for ages. I’ve had a busy few weeks with the launch of Life In The Balance, the completion of my story for Putting Southwick On The Map and various other things. My blog has therefore become a bit neglected. I have a long list of topics still to cover, … More The Procrastrinator’s guide to productivity.