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23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Rest Day 1.

The total time for the Maillot Jaune wearer of Julian Alaphilippe to complete ten stages of the Tour and reach the first rest day is 45h 27’ 15’’. So what do you do when you have a day off and are only halfway through the race? Get out on your bike of course! You go […]

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Creative Swagger.

Click the link for a video about a running group – hear me out – I promise I’m not going to make you run! Watch, then continue reading. Writers, artists, and musicians, used to do the same kind of thing. They would meet up and hang out. In coffee shops, and salons, and restaurants. They […]

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Three Writing Lessons from Taken.

So, this evening my youngest son and I sat down to watch the Liam Neeson movie Taken. When I say youngest, he’s almost twenty. And he is as incredulous as you now are that it took us this long to watch it together. I love movies like Taken; other personal favourites being The Equalizer and Man on Fire. […]

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Five Friends Continued.

In my last post, Five Friends, I put a spin on the old saying that you are a reflection of your five closest friends. I asked you to consider who your five closest writers were. I thought it only fair to invite you into the circle of my five closest authors. Ray Bradbury – My […]

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Five People

There is a saying – I don’t know where it originates – but there is a saying that you are a reflection of your five closest friends. If that is true then I should be at least a foot taller and a few pounds heavier – no offence to my friends but I am the […]

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Input.

I have a confession. I didn’t write today. Before you turn your backs on me at the coffee shop, or whisper to your writing group, or report me to the authorities, sometimes it is okay to simply not write. Don’t make it a habit though! Some days you just need to input. Read. Chat. Muse. […]