To do just the one thing is such an obvious piece of wisdom, but it is often forgotten. Upon finishing 'Stoner: A Novel', it seemed pertinent that writing this post be the one thing I do.
My review of Jonathan Lethem's 'The Ecstasy of Influence' may have been quite little, but the thoughts it sparked were a quite big. So hop on board this train of thought about influence and intimidation.
When a production of Macbeth not only manages to make you jump, but also creeps the bejesus out of you, then you know it's getting something right. This is a review of Creation Theatre's Macbeth.
A pub in Wales pointed out that halfway to nowhere is exactly where you need to be to move forward with a little meaning.
The less you write, the less you are a writer. But when you keep worrying about what's happening next, there's no time to expand upon what's happening now.
2013 meant dipping my toes in a lot of new things. 2014 means diving a little deeper into a few and transitioning to a new writing frequency.
It's that time of year again. And while I still remain skeptical about the whole resolution thing, I can't help but make the odd one...
Writing is my profession, my fun and more. My brain on the other hand is a little more limited in its functionality.
When you feel something deeply, it is extremely difficult to translate it into words. They can be so isolating. But this week, I have tried.
Seamus Heaney died this week, and with his poem 'Blackberry-Pickings' he has reminded me of the importance of honesty and the danger of influence when experiencing the disappointments of life.
If we lived perpetually in the conditional, we would never have anything new to say. It's the current that keeps us thinking.
Just as feminism is coming to the public fore, I suddenly find myself unfamiliar with some of the discourse of the cause.
In order to be a better writer, you have to be psychotic. That is, a person who needs multiple identities in order to give the impression of an erudite whole.
I had no choice but to share this. It moved me in a way that I have not felt in a long time.
Arresting. Emotionally wrenching. Gripping. Brilliant: my first venture outside the 2013 book bubble.