Tag: writing

Bath Time With Boris

Having committed to posting more regularly on this blog, writing matters took a turn for the worse, a few days ago, when the UK government decided to have a midweek meltdown and remove Boris Johnson from his post as Prime Minister.

Prior to this, my head…

The Butterfly Collector

November petered out. December whistled on the horizon.  Jack sat at his writing desk and looked onto liquorice daylight which hung on fading ivy. Fingerprints, dead bugs and pigeon droppings adorned his window. Today was one of those writing days where the whiteness of his journal burned his eyes. His pen felt like a heavy wooden club…

Is the Art of Spelling Dead?

A few days ago I received a text from my wife, informing me ‘the cat has passed its M.O.T.’ This surprised me on two counts. Firstly, we do not have a cat. Secondly, I was not aware of any recent legislation in the U.K where the roadworthiness of cats had become a legal requirement.

The whole episode ended over a conversation around spell checkers and idle thumbs. It got me thinking about the importance of spelling and, in this social media age, is the stress over a misspelt word worth the agony.

Why Do You Write?

I have been revisiting several George Orwell’s novels recently, maybe a sign of the times we are living in. Whatever your thoughts on Orwell’s views and beliefs, there is no getting away from the fact his writing was visionary. My most recent read, Coming Up for Air, written in 1939, could be a mirror reflecting events happening today.

As is oft for a writer, one thread moved into another and I found myself reading…