Robert Pirsig died this week. I loved his novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance so much that I named a character after him in my own book Ghost Road. The book is based on an actual trip taken by Pirsig and his young son Chris. The account is made even more poignant by… Read More Road Trip to Self Discovery
I read that, while he was President, Barack Obama had a habit of never wearing anything but blue and grey suits. It got me thinking about how important habits are in our lives and how I might be able to use the power of habit to get my book written and achieve world domination. I’m working… Read More Getting Stuff Done by NOT making Decisions
This is my desk. I only recently got this set-up so I don’t know yet whether it will help my writing process or not. Of all the aspects of writing probably one of the most banal is the issue of where you sit when you write. And yet maybe it makes all the difference. Personally,… Read More Which Desk Should You Choose For Success (And Which Guarantees Failure?)
It’s sci-fi and it has aliens in it but that’s not all it is. Arrival is thoughtful, atmospheric film with a great central performance from Amy Adams. The screenplay was written by Eric Heissener based on a short story by Ted Chiang called Story of Your Life. Film reviews rarely say much about the writers… Read More The Writers’ Arrival
I listened to Alan Bennett reading from the latest volume of his diaries Keeping On Keeping On on BBC Radio 4. As expected it was funny, poignant and perceptive but I also thought it showed that Bennett has an angry side. He’s not exactly The Incredible Hulk, turning green and bursting out of his tweed… Read More Alan Bennett as The Incredible Hulk
I watched Episode 5 of The Missing (Series 2, BBC One). The episode is fast becoming known for its violent ending. The series, which focuses on investigations into missing children, does not often feature violence so this episode came as a hammer blow. Some have criticised the violence shown but I think that this… Read More When Violence is Good
This is an early version of the cover for Susan Shocks the new book of stories for children. The book contains eight brand new stories about a young girl’s adventures with evil seagulls, monster televisions and giant goldfish amongst many others.