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
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I’m addicted to Better Caul Saul. Before that I was addicted to Breaking Bad. And it’s all Vince Gilligan’s fault. Actually it’s not all his fault. Gilligan is the first to credit the team of writers, performers, directors and producers around him. Maybe that’s why the writers’ room for these shows are reportedly the happiest of all… Read More Better Together? Why Vince Gilligan is no Lone Gunman.
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?)
I have three phobias; needles, blood and social. Today I was in a situation involving all three of these irrational fears. I had to go into hospital to have a deep-rooted tooth removed. This involved having several injections in the gum, blood coming from the wound while all the time having to do chit… Read More What’s so scary about phobias?