Book Review: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

The TL;DR version of this review: This is the travel guide to Britain you never knew you needed 😀 I’m a Bill Bryson convert. Just as he has adopted the British (genetic?) predisposition for sarcasm and deadpan delivery, I’ve adopted his unique writing style. Like many Americans, Bryson always wanted to visit Britain. Continue reading “Book Review: Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson”

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The Themes in Stephen’s King’s “IT”

SPOILER ALERT: If you are unfamiliar with the book or have only seen the recently released film with no idea what is going to happen in Chapter 2, I suggest you look away now if you don’t want it spoilt.

The latest film version released globally this weekend. I saw it on Friday afternoon. Largely, I thought it was a superb adaptation. It had some niggles – for me, mostly the overuse of the creature reduced its effectiveness. Almost everything else hit the mark, including and especially the child actors. Continue reading “The Themes in Stephen’s King’s “IT””

How Many Hours Should You Aim to Work / Write / Produce Something?

#Freelancing is a simple life, isn’t it? You get up, you watch daytime TV until 11:30am at which time you have a three-hour lunch, have coffee, waste some time on Facebook and work at your own pace until around 3pm 5pm. You have the luxury of setting your own hours, but one question niggles at the mind from day one: how many hours is “normal” for a freelancer? Continue reading “How Many Hours Should You Aim to Work / Write / Produce Something?”

The Right (and Wrong) Ways to Approach Bloggers with Guest Posts

My visibility must be very good at the moment as in recent months I’ve received multiple requests from strangers to host their blog posts. These are often new freelance content writers desperate to get noticed in this industry who perhaps don’t have the budget for marketing. Continue reading “The Right (and Wrong) Ways to Approach Bloggers with Guest Posts”

Why Freelancers Should (Occasionally) Take an Impromptu Day Off

We’ve become conditioned in the west to think that working hard means clocking up more hours than the person in the next cubicle. You’re contracted for 40 hours but you’re a slacker if you only do 40 hours. We believe that the longer we work, the harder we work. But recent studies suggest we are not taking enough time off. Continue reading “Why Freelancers Should (Occasionally) Take an Impromptu Day Off”

“I’m Not Watching Doctor Who Any Longer, It’s All Politically Correct Now!”

Many viewers now lament that Doctor Who has gone down the one route they felt should never have been considered. As discussed in the post on Jodie Whittaker’s casting as Doctor Who, I expressed sympathy with those against the move. I was never enamoured with the idea but now we have a woman in the lead role, I’m looking forward to seeing what she could do. Continue reading ““I’m Not Watching Doctor Who Any Longer, It’s All Politically Correct Now!””

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How to Create a Book Title That Doesn’t Confuse the Reader

Last week in a Facebook book group I am in, a cover caught my eye and I enquired what the book was about. Both the title itself and the nature of the cover made it look like a fantasy or dystopia novel. Apparently, it was actually about a mother searching for her abducted son. Continue reading “How to Create a Book Title That Doesn’t Confuse the Reader”

Book Review: The Quest for a Moral Compass by Kenan Malik

It’s taken me over three months to complete this book. Not because it is long, but because it is a book about one of the most important issues of human history. Like most non-fiction, you can’t fly through it; it requires deep thought and much soul-searching. No matter which angle you approach this from, no matter your belief, it requires no less than complete attention. I read a little each night, absorb it, and then move on to the next section/chapter. Continue reading “Book Review: The Quest for a Moral Compass by Kenan Malik”