This is all fiction

Aug 2005

  • Work

    Oh for the days when summer holidays were no shorter than two and a half months! Tomorrow is the start of another academic year, which means the Day Job begins in earnest, as does the (often frustrating) attempt to juggle said Day Job with (preferred) Writing Job and the million and one tiny little things… Continue reading

  • Context

    Just a thought: I wonder if every single character trait one could possibly possess has the potential to be very harmful or totally harmless according to the context in which it manifests itself. Allow me to explain. Take single-mindedness, for instance. It doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to realise it’s a a trait… Continue reading

  • Aisle

    Starting a Saturday with a trip to Tesco is probably not the best way to put oneself in a tranquil frame of mind for the rest of the weekend, but a quick visit was unavoidable this morning. Yet again, I was astounded by the skill with which the many (and boy, do I mean MANY!)… Continue reading

  • Orval

    In the south of Belgium, very near the town of Arlon, is the Abbey of Orval, which has been home to a community of Trappist Cistercian monks for several centuries. One of the rules the monks used to follow – I’m not sure if they follow it still – was that they did not eat… Continue reading

  • Black hole

    A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man, The Remains Of The Day, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, Beloved, The English Patient, Sons And Lovers, The Name Of The Rose and Damage… only eight of the reasons why I’ve done nothing all day but stare at a blank page thinking, ‘What is the point?’… Continue reading

  • Buzz

    Why does the initial power of an idea – the absolute certainty that it really could be developed into an interesting, wortwhile piece of writing – fizzle away so quickly? It was only a couple of days ago that I was sitting in the garden and I suddenly thought, ‘Ooh, that would be quite good.’… Continue reading

  • Serif

    You stay away from your local Waitrose for a fortnight and what do they go and do? Get rid of all the serifs! Now, for those of you who may not know exactly what a serif is, please allow me to indulge in some exposition. You are in safe hands: I am a pedagogue. According… Continue reading