F is for flamingo

The pink flamingo first appeared on lawns and gardens in the US of A during the late 1950's. This pretty pink peccadillo was a Trojan Horse to infiltrate the soft underbelly of American family life. The brainchild of the African Pgymy Warlord, Ngojo Dimojo. Ngojo controlled drug empires across the African continent, using his Black Magic powers to bring to life inanimate... Continue Reading →


Too much of a good thing?

A while ago Margaret Rose Stringer posted a blogging theme titled Love it or Loath it. This idea fired up the synapses so much I had to sit down and take a drink to douse the flames. But it got me thinking – is it as simple as that? Is life quite so binary? Yes /... Continue Reading →

10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written

There’s a danger that I might be procrastinating on my goal to be writer, by researching how to be a writer instead of actually getting on with it. Why is it today that when we have a dream, we need someone else to show us how. Anyhow, I’m sure I will have much new insight and as a result, much greater confusion on how and when to write. Or maybe I should ditch the self help and just get on with it. Cold turkey.


If there’s one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it’s writing itself. A good thing too, especially for all those aspiring writers out there looking for a little bit of guidance. For some winter inspiration and honing of your craft, here you’ll find ten great essays on writing, from the classic to the contemporary, from the specific to the all-encompassing. Note: there are many, many, many great essays on writing. Bias has been extended here to personal favorites and those available to read online. Also of note but not included: full books on the subject like Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, Stephen King’s On Writing, and Ron Carlson’s Ron Carlson Writes a Story, or, in a somewhat different sense, David Shields’ Reality Hunger, for those looking for a longer commitment. Read on, and add your own…

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