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A Tale of Two Writers – Michael Connelly and John Grisham

To begin at the beginning, this is not an exhaustive comparison of Connelly and Grisham. There will be plenty of writers/journalists out there who have already done this better than I can. These are my thoughts and notes from a great interview with the two authors by the bookseller Waterstones, earlier this evening. Connelly and […]

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Creativity on the Clock.

Normal is no longer ‘normal’. The rules have changed. All those books, videos, and articles, telling us how to streamline our days to gain us that often small precious window of time to achieve our creative endeavours, are now a thing of the past. Why? Because we all suddenly have gained lots of extra time. […]

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23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 11.

Like the anticipation of any big event, the few days before are nervous and conservative. In a bike race like the Tour de France all of the GC favourites become chess players, mindful and trying to think ahead as many moves as they are able. The difference being their eventual execution of those moves will […]

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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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Day 430 – 24 Hours.

One day. One day I will . . . . . . Learn to play the bagpipes, write a novel, learn how to sing better . . . The list that can easily be added to at least once a day. What if you took 24 hours and focused on just one thing? Maybe not […]

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23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 3.

This stage of the Tour leaves Belgium and enters France, travelling on one of the longest routes of this edition through the famous Champagne region. Dom Perpignan will watch over the riders as they pass through the vines of Moët and Chandon. Also in this stage there is the relatively recent invention of time bonuses […]

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Day 422 – Sunday Reflection.

Is it just me, or did it seem to get around to Sunday again awfully quick? It has been a busy week and I’m not sure I stood still long enough at any point to reflect on anything. If you do any research on the habits of successful people and ‘reflection’ is often quite high […]

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Day 417 – Walking Slowly.

I read a list of productivity hacks. One of them was to walk faster. Bruce Lee teaches a young pupil in Enter the Dragon and points at the moon with his finger. The pupil is chastised for looking at the finger and ignoring the splendour of the moon. We can get wrapped up in either […]

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Day 410 – Schedule.

There is a difference between an amateur and a professional in any endeavour. Money isn’t the differentiating factor anymore. Both get paid; although you would expect the latter to receive more. The professional is clear in what their job is. They have to meet specific expectations and everything else in their life works around those […]

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Day 399 – Writing Like . . .

One of the best ways for a writer not to write is to do research. The best kind of research for a writer not to write is to research how other writers write. Or don’t write. Being able to counteract your wife’s accusatory statement of ‘I thought you said you were writing?’ As the reason […]