“Batten down the hatches!”

This is an English expression that means to prepare for a difficult situation. The origins of the saying is from old sea-faring times. Hatches or hatchways were commonplace on sailing ships and were normally either open or covered with a wooden grating to allow for ventilation of the lower decks. When bad weather was imminent, … Continue reading “Batten down the hatches!”

Failure is an option. Fear is not…

The filmmaker James Cameron said, “NASA has this phrase that they like: ‘Failure is not an option.’ But failure has to be an option in art and in exploration, because it’s a leap of faith. And no important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk. You have to be willing to take those risks. … Continue reading Failure is an option. Fear is not…

Going to great lengths…

Don DeLillo said, “It’s my contention that each book creates its own structure and its own length. I’ve written three or four slim books. It may be that the next novel is a big one, but I don’t know.” Many sources indicate that works of fiction should be between 60K and 90K words, with thrillers … Continue reading Going to great lengths…

Which way ought I go from here…?

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “—so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as … Continue reading Which way ought I go from here…?

Depressing disability…

Doctors largely consider disabilities as something to mend. Physiotherapists refer to 'patients', even when they're not ailing. Some clergymen will have believers think an impairment is the wrath of God. And the ordinary man in the street will generally express pity and sorrow. Yes, being on wheels, I too am often perceived as stunted, limited, … Continue reading Depressing disability…

A bit of me in all

"All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography," said J. M. Coetzee. And Gloria Vanderbilt was quoted stating: "All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides." My experiencesMy knowledgeMy thoughts I too write … Continue reading A bit of me in all

My favourite murder?

Agatha Christie said: “Everyone is a potential murderer - in everyone there arises from time to time the wish to kill - though not the will to kill.” Books by the Queen of Crime are a delight to read, but there are so many more novelists that entertain with their depictions of murder. The New York Times asked … Continue reading My favourite murder?