We are made, I think, just as much by our experiences as our DNA. The places you go, the TV you watch, the people you meet and the books you read have just as important an impact on the making of you. March 1996 drew a thick line down my childhood.
I live on a bus. I'm still not entirely sure how it happened. It's been difficult - being both a vehicle and a tiny home, a bus comes with its own set of challenges. And it's been liberating - with lower overheads both K and I have been free to change careers and, in my… Continue reading Life in a Field: Why we live a little differently and how we make it work.
My 2020 Plan has included reading all those helpful books I have acquired but never actually read. I bought a brand new A4 notebook, to put all my notes into, with the idea that this notebook would contain the sum total of all my research on the art of writing. And so that the books… Continue reading Elements of Style
I recently read The Anatomy of Story, by John Truby and now I understand story more deeply than if I had read for a thousand years. I could never have afforded any kind of college or graduate level course in creative writing. And the few books I bought on the subject were mostly creative writing… Continue reading “The Anatomy of Storytelling” Should Be Titled “How to Take Your Lumpy Mashed Potato Mess of A Story and Turn it Into the Classiest Duchess Potatoes You Ever Ate. WITH Nutmeg.”
I watched Fiddler on the Roof two nights ago. Sometimes I get to review theatre shows and it's honestly the only chance I get to watch theatre these days. I was doubly privileged the other night because it was produced close to home. No 40-minute drive into the city for a change! I remember watching… Continue reading When Musicals Make You Think