Widnes, Cheshire, England, UK. Copyright 2014 Jon Kenna
The photo above was taken about 100 years ago. The photo below was taken about 1 year ago by me. They both show the same place taken from as near to the same angle as I could get. The Barley Mow is a pub in my home town of Runcorn, Cheshire, England. Amazing to look… Read More Is Google Earth a Time Machine?
I’m unusual in that I don’t support a team, football or otherwise. I can’t say I feel any particular loyalty to my home town either really. Neither am I permanently allied to a political party. I don’t feel much of a kinship with a country (I’m British but I don’t feel that Britain is superior… Read More How to Succeed by NOT being a Team Player
I saw this Andy Warhol creation at Tate Liverpool a while back. I liked it even without knowing anything about it but what I didn’t realise was that the gun depicted is very similar to the one used, on June 3 1968, to shoot him. On June 3, 1968, radical feminist writer Valerie Solanas shot Warhol… Read More This Gun Shot Andy Warhol
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?)