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Creative interlude: Writer’s Block starring Bryan Cranston

Writer’s block is something that plagues all of us from time to time – but there are ways to overcome it.

If you’re currently staring at your screen in disbelief wondering where the next flurry of words is going to come from, forget what you’re doing for a moment and watch this short called Writer’s Block starring the one and only Bryan Cranston. Continue reading

My first three months as a father

This isn’t directly related to literature, music or digital content, but people always say write about you know – and while I don’t want to bore anyone to tears, today I have been sitting at my desk, pondering my first three months as a father. So I thought I would share a few of my discoveries. Continue reading

The procrastinator’s dream ticket

A belated Happy New Year to all.

It’s 2016 – and once again it’s time for new beginnings. Perhaps you’re finally going to throw those cigarettes in the bin, take up that death defying overseas challenge, or even finish your novel (you know, the one you’ve been working on for the past five years). Continue reading

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The potholes of freelancing

The alarm goes off and you put it on snooze 10 times before watching a little breakfast TV and answering a few emails from the comfort of your bed. This spills into lunchtime and after you’ve watched your second instalment of Jeremy Kyle (a great self-esteem booster) you think you’re ready to log on and churn out some serious work. Continue reading

5 best Charles Bukowski quotes

Love him or hate him, Henry Charles Bukowski was a thunderous literary force. With an unquenchable appetite for spilling his thoughts, feelings, opinions, observations and life experiences onto paper, the German born American writer boasts an incredible back catalogue, which includes the likes of Post Office, Factotum and Ham on Rye, among many others.

Not one for keeping quiet in the corner, Mr Bukowski always had plenty of things to say; some clever, some not so clever, but, more often than not, incredibly memorable.

So, as a follow on from the last literary interlude, here are five brilliant Charles Bukowski quotes for your reading pleasure… Continue reading

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Another literary interlude

You’re heading towards the latter part of the week and you’ve been churning out more words than you care to count. If your brain is scrambled and you’re in need of a literary break to refresh the creative palette, here is a little distraction for your viewing pleasure – this time courtesy of a Mr Charles Bukowski… Continue reading

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4 things you must do when looking for a job

Whether you’re in employment or not, the act of job seeking can be very tedious, repetitive and demoralising.

A long period of rejections, general knock backs and worst of all, the deafening sound of silence is enough to put anyone in a serious slump and it’s hardly surprising – I don’t think anyone likes to be told that they’re either over qualified, under qualified or simply ‘not good enough’ for work on an almost daily basis!

If you are currently out of work and looking for a new job, there are different ways you can motivate yourself despite all the repetition and set-backs and get yourself into the right mind-set for success. Here are some tips that might just do the trick…

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4 things you didn’t know about Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell needs no introduction.

Undoubtedly, one of his most prolific pieces of literary work has to be dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

For those who haven’t read it, I recommend getting yourself a copy; for those who have read it, here are four things you may not already know about George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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Must Reads: Hoxton Mini Press

There are so many incredible books and publications out there, that sometimes, it’s difficult to know what to pick up next.

So, as part of the Must Reads series, I’d like to introduce you to Hoxton Mini Press…

Founded in 2013 by Martin Usborne and Ann Waldvogel, Hoxton Mini Press is a small yet mighty independent publisher of collectible art books about East London – one of the capital’s most iconic and vibrant areas. Continue reading