The Unnecessary Application of Pressure

January has been, and likely always will be, a difficult month for me for a number of reasons. Call it superstition, call it mumbo-jumbo rubbish, but it’s how I feel. Something bad always happens in January, that’s just a fact, but good things also happen. As with everything, it’s always difficult to see the wood … Read more

The disposability of modern life

Despite being a child of the 80’s; one who was the remote control for the family and recalls with wondrous clarity the arrival of a fifth television channel, I’m guilty of this as much as anyone. Perhaps not the millennial youth of today, but that’s another matter entirely. What I mean by disposability is that none … Read more

So bad I can’t look away…

‍This post has to start with a confession… I watch Love Island. There. I said it. I didn’t intend to watch it, I swear. Mrs F put it on the TV as I was tapping away, muttering something about ‘that bloody laptop’ being attached to me, and I subtly found my attention slipping away from … Read more

Guest post on

The Apocalypse A Guest Post by Devon C Ford, featured March 19th on Linda’s Book Bag For starters, there are lots of different kinds of post-apocalyptic world we could find ourselves in. Imagine yourself a year down the line having to deal with a world without power, without running water, without transportation as there is … Read more

Bread and Milk / The Snowpocalypse

The scene I have just witnessed has left me open-mouthed, wide-eyed and utterly speechless. I just wish I could have written a scene so bleak, so devastating and so perfectly designed to rip the arse mercilessly out of a person’s soul that they are left devoid of hope for any future past the immediate. I … Read more

The Theory of Crossroads

Crossroads Noun. “An intersection of two or more roads”   Something we’ve all experienced, literally, and navigated both successfully and unsuccessfully. You go left, or right, or keep going straight (unless anyone has visited Milton Keynes) and you either drove or walked the right way, or you didn’t. The literal meaning is a simplicity. Its … Read more

People’s choice…

  The masses have spoken, democracy rules, and public opinion reigns supreme. A request from the Facebook fan page, is for a blog post on the background of Dan. Other suggestions were about how I’ve got used to having fans (I haven’t really, not yet!) and about my writing processes – for more on that … Read more

Exam Stress

Now it’s been a little while since I sat an exam in school, and I can’t say I ever remembered worrying much about it. But now I find myself stressed about other people’s exams. My eldest daughter is at university, and she has to sit exams throughout the four year course. My teenager is in … Read more

And now, a word on negativity…

There are several questions I’ve been asked so repeatedly in my life that I can barely stifle my eye-roll when they crop up time and again. In my former career, my favourite had to be “Oh! My cousin’s uncle’s sister’s boyfriend is a policeman in (insert town many miles away). Do you know Steve?” No. … Read more

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