Berlin in Haikus


An author likes to have a project on the go, which isn’t always easy due to the vagaries of inspiration. In such circumstances I look back through some photos and choose one to write about. After all, the act of making a photograph is, in itself a mindful act. I spotted this amazing woman, inContinue reading “Berlin in Haikus”

Being mindful without mysticism


The Microsoft Bing definition or Mindfulness. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something: “their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition” a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. How I applyContinue reading “Being mindful without mysticism”

Writing Mindfully


Writing expressionist novels leads me inevitably to write mindful literature. The technique of exaggerating the observed in order to explore its forces, forces me to create situations in which every human emotion is examined. This includes the fears and loves of the reader. The chapter in The Last Stop where Jack and Maria dispose ofContinue reading “Writing Mindfully”

The 60s


Don’t forget – A Short History of Anxiety, is free to download, from Amazon, next weekend. Most young people view the 60s as a decadent decade of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. The only true part is the rock ‘n roll. The music changed everything, because of the dirge that had gone before. TimeContinue reading “The 60s”

Scratching my Head


What fiction authors do! They scratch their head. They do it when they write a plot and when they are finished and revising the plot, and when the revisions are finished and it is to be published and then, finally when it is to be sold. That’s when the scratching really begins! Marketing is theContinue reading “Scratching my Head”

So why do authors bother?


Why do we write We are exhibitionists, who want to be the centre of attention. Really? There must be easier ways! We want to put the world right. Dream on. The world isn’t waiting for us. We want to get rich. Stop laughing! Here is the truth? We have deep insecurities and writing about themContinue reading “So why do authors bother?”

Cold showers and broken tablets – But not from 50 Shades.


Goddesses rule! after a feisty fightback. Connie Grimshaw gets herself in a mess, by playing sex-games in book 1 of Goddesses. She gets herself out again by fighting the bad boys in book 2. Here is an excerpt, where she and her lover try to work through an Aubrey Beardsley moment. They play Venus andContinue reading “Cold showers and broken tablets – But not from 50 Shades.”

Lockdown musings about the hetero spectrum.


Scams during lockdown are rife. Here is a contrast between women at either end of the honesty spectrum.