Cornwall and the Linguistic Diaspora

You can sometimes find acquaintance and commonality in the most unusual places. I first found Alexis Chateau’s blog around two years ago. I can’t quite remember how, maybe it was the chronicles of her travels around the southern US states. Yet it ended up being her posts on Jamaican culture that I found the most … Continue reading Cornwall and the Linguistic Diaspora

Yeah, I’m GenX and I’m Smashing Freelancing…

I hate labels and I hate stereotypes. As a GenXer, I’m apparently supposed to loath the Baby Boomer “Generation Greed” as much as I’m supposed to hate Millennial “Generation Snowflake”. In a recent amusing news piece on CNBC and featured on HuffPo UK, it was demonstrated that GenX really is the forgotten generation (as we’d … Continue reading Yeah, I’m GenX and I’m Smashing Freelancing…

Start-Ups: Don’t Neglect Your Blog!

Ah, going into business – it’s as much an exciting time as one full of fears and anxieties. You have so much to think about regardless of what services or products you expect to eventually sell to customers. Are you B2B or B2C? Should you have a website (the answer to that should nearly always … Continue reading Start-Ups: Don’t Neglect Your Blog!

A Writer’s Guide to Identifying Facebook Bots

If you use or have used Facebook in the past, you have no doubt come across Facebook bots. They come in two forms: The most common the random friend request from a beautiful stranger using stolen or stock images The second appear on political pages The first are perhaps a lot less dangerous although we … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Identifying Facebook Bots

Some 21st Century Character Archetypes

This first appeared in 2012. New version edited and updated. I read a lot of books and I watch a lot of films and TV series, typically in the evening to wind down from spending all day on the laptop working. I’ve identified several tropes of the modern age. I don’t know if any appear … Continue reading Some 21st Century Character Archetypes

Angry About GDPR? Don’t Be – It’s There to Protect You

On Friday, citizens of all European Union member states woke up to a new regulation to protect their data. It had been building for weeks; no doubt most of you had received requests in your inboxes for permission to continue to hold your data from organisations you’d long given up trying to unsubscribe. There is some … Continue reading Angry About GDPR? Don’t Be – It’s There to Protect You

How to Avoid Being a Willing Hack Victim

Here is a fun game… Based on your date of birth, what’s your Star Wars name? While you’re at it, tell me what school you attended? Where were you born? Where did you get married? Where was your honeymoon? What are the birth years of your mother, you, and your first child? What does this … Continue reading How to Avoid Being a Willing Hack Victim

Frankenstein is 200 Years Old: What is it About?

It’s considered the first ever proper modern science fiction novel. 200 years after it was first published, it still manages to wow audiences. It’s been reinvented more times than Madonna but a resurgence a few years ago means we are once again craving the timeless tale. It all began when Danny Boyle adapted it for … Continue reading Frankenstein is 200 Years Old: What is it About?

Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel

It seems prequels, prequel-sequels and sequels to prequels that remain prequels are all the rage at the moment. This year, I’ve read Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage (the first volume in His Dark Materials follow-up, but a prequel) and last weekend watched Alien Covenant. These two works have got me thinking a lot about what … Continue reading Some Dos and Don’ts for Writing a Prequel

The Golden Age of Freelancing is Already Here

Another month, another report on The Future of Work showed that the rocketing number of self employed people is demonstrating no sign of abating. Some reports suggest that by 2022, over 50% of people in the developed world will work freelance. I expect this trend to last the rest of my working life. I expect … Continue reading The Golden Age of Freelancing is Already Here