Blessed Are The Geeks – Flash Fiction

Last week I attended a writing critique group, which was great fun but also introduced me to a genre of writing I had yet to try – Flash Fiction. For the uninitiated, Flash Fiction is simply very short form fiction (often 200 words or less)….

NaNoWriMo – Why Everyone Should Try Writing a Novel in a month.

This is the story of how I surprised myself by writing 50,000 words of a novel in less than 30 days, and why I think everyone with even a passing interest in creative writing should give it a try at least once. I fell in…

Generation ‘WHY’ – the most powerful word ever.

Generation WHY? Everyone keeps talking about Generation Y. I think it’s time to think more in terms of Generation WHY? Concerned Parent: Megan, it’s time for bed. Megan: Why? CP: Er . . .because it just IS! Sound familiar? It’s definitely a regular occurrence in…

TV to die for. If ‘Boredom’ was a disease.

BAD TV. We’ve all been there . . . Ok, you’ve just watched the first segment of a TV programme about ‘Dave’ – a man with an irrational fear of pastry who has just returned to his job at the local cake factory after a…

Learn to play an instrument – if I can ANYONE can!

Musical Myth Number 1: Being able to play an instrument is a unique, innate skill. You either have it, or you don’t. I have to admit, this was a view I was forced to agree with during my formative years. This was partly due to…

Will The Real St Patrick Please Stand Up!

B’Jesus, b’gorrah, and top o’ the mornin’ to ye. Yes, horrible isn’t it? It’s also a perfect example of the lazy stereotyping that drinks manufacturers now resort to when marketing ‘St Paddy’s Day’. As someone who actually has some Irish heritage – my grandad is…