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every day I have the blues

It would have been my father’s 77th birthday today. He is gone almost 10 years now. I wrote this piece after BB King passed away and it is as much about my dad as it is about him. When I was a kid we…

CHILLING LIKE BOB DYLAN

It’s ok to fail. Bob Dylan said so.

Creativity takes time

Having one of those days where I need to remind myself that you can’t force yourself to be creative. These things take time. So, I am going back to some writing exercises and idea starters to just kickstart my brain. I often find that…

Jean Luc Godard on stories

Such a great reminder to not be bound by rules and traditional forms. Play with it. Beyond Godard, modern cinema has so many great examples of it  – like Memento by Christopher Nolan, Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino or Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa –…

Elmore Leonard on writing

Hate writing, love rewriting.

Ira Glass on Storytelling

So much of the creative process is about crafting a good story that resonates and reverberates with your audience. The art of storytelling is something we have been raised with since we were kids – almost every one of us had someone who read…

Life in a post-Brexit landscape

Neil Gaiman on the art of editing

This quote has always resonated deeply with me. As with so many writers, I much prefer rewriting over the act of writing. That first draft of something can be such a tough thing to create, but I love coming back to it and starting…

Take a leap of faith with your creativity

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I’ve been thinking about creative patterns and behaviours a lot recently. So often we follow tried and…

7 internet phenomena and slices of musical lunacy you really should witness

The Internet is a curious and marvellous playground of ideas and oddities. Here are 7 of the strangest “musical” YouTube phenomena currently racking up the views right now. Warning, these will worm their way into that part of your brain that refuses to let…