Secret agents

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." This quote by Ernest Hemingway will resonate with many writers out there. For me this most certainly applies as all I want to do is write, but creative writing that is, not crap to convince the whole world how brilliant … Continue reading Secret agents

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It’s a jungle out there!

It was the Indian writer Ashwin Sanghi who said: "Write when drunk. Edit when sober. Marketing is the hangover." Many a time have a written a chapter while under the influence of alcohol. Though often spectacular, the next day I deemed the writing not always suitable, nor consistent or totally missing the mark. The editing … Continue reading It’s a jungle out there!

We are all alike…

Given my international and multi-cultural exposure, I have long since learned that people are different and that discrimination - in terms of recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another - is fine. It's when discrimination becomes prejudiced, partisan, and unequal that this becomes repugnant. Being Caucasian, atheist and having lived in … Continue reading We are all alike…

A good review is a wonderful surprise…!

It was Joyce Carol Oates who said, "A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise!" I am no different. I often check Goodreads, Amazon, Lulu and Bol to see how many copies I've sold and to see if there any new reviews. Given the lack of activity my expectations are low, but if I … Continue reading A good review is a wonderful surprise…!

Why can’t the world be like Rock Werchter?

Every year I go to Rock Werchter with friends, and every year I'm as happy as a lark; before the festival, during the festival and some days thereafter. During this time I wonder why the whole world can't be like Rock Werchter... Rock Werchter is an annual music festival held in the village of Werchter, just … Continue reading Why can’t the world be like Rock Werchter?

B(u)y the book

It was Dr. Seuss who said "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” As far as I can remember I've always loved reading. As a child, all my pocket money and many hours were spent in WH Smith in Hull: Paddington … Continue reading B(u)y the book

Double Dutch

Perhaps I'm a product of globalisation. I have two mother tongues, have lived in three countries and visited countless others. Throughout my professional career, I have always worked for multinationals with a large diverse workforce and a spread of different languages. English has been (and still is) a binding factor, an advantage for me having … Continue reading Double Dutch