Because what fun would life be if it was actually easy? … More 21 Writer Problems
I don’t want to play the victim nor the pity card and I don’t care to draw moralistic lessons about forgiveness, suffering, or justice. I write this only because I cannot keep ignoring it. Quite simply, it is time to acknowledge out loud that it happened and it hurt.
Because it did. … More And That’s My Story.
With technology constantly changing and developing, we have more opportunities that ever to have out words, pictures, and voices find their way to people we don’t even know and will probably never meet. Instagram sees an average of 80 million photos shared per day. Twitter estimates that the average number of followers per account is … More Beginning a Blog…
Run a quick search through your favourite search engine and you will find thousands upon thousands of articles listing The Top X Books of All Time Ever or X of the Worst Books Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed On. They come in a crazy variety of categories including (but not limited to) Thriller, Romance, … More Five Books That Shaped Me As A Writer
He was an excellent speaker, unobtrusive but captivating. He did not flog us ten easy steps to getting published, nor did he attempt to dazzle us with eloquent yet empty verbosity. The man spoke simply and humbly and said just this:
Write what you know. … More William Feinnes, The Snow Geese, and Why I’ll Never Be Tolkien
This week has been very busy and will only get busier (I have an essay due Thursday but I’m working the next two nights so I need to get it done today). So instead of writing a full on post, here are some more little snippets from my notebook. They are not necessarily true, they … More Notes
There were four of them. Binbags, huddled like mourners in the corner of the room. I looked at them for some time but neither of us said anything. What was there to say? It had been another in a long list of extra tasks for the night, the closest I would come to getting a … More Four
** I wrote this piece when I was sixteen. It’s a long read but it’s one of the pieces that first made me realise just how powerful words are to make people feel.** The sky is carnival blue without a hopeful hint of cloud. The little white cross rests beneath a drooping … More The Greatest in the Kingdom
There is a tree full of magpies outside of our kitchen window and since we’re on the top floor, I often enjoy watching them play. They’re such curious and clever creatures but they have a reputation for thievery. The magpies aren’t the only locals though. There is a tall evergreen in our neighbour’s back garden … More Magpies, Spuggies, and the Art of Ex Nihilo
The institution is 456 years old, it has millions of pounds in assets, it fights for social justice at home and abroad, it has some degree of political influence. There can’t be many people in this country who are not aware of it in one way or another. But why do you stay? Think deeply … More To My Church of Scotland Friends