100 words a week

Work is life, life is work

Last year, I got really caught up in the pressure to create more ‘work/life balance.’  This year, I’m accepting something different about myself: my work is a part of my life, and the two are inextricable. It’s OK that I sometimes work in the evenings after the...

Can you start again?

How many times can you start again?  As many as you like, I think. People talk about it all the time: be good at quitting, be ready to move on, fail fast. Don’t get stuck, because momentum is the only way: if it’s not working now, it never will.  But in...

15 years in my pocket

For the last 15 years I’ve been carrying a book around in my pocket. It’s called Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. I’m not a zen Buddhist, but this book has taught me loads. In one story, someone accidentally makes soup with chopped up snake in it. In another, a teacher answers...

You

Yes, you. It’s been a long week (a long month, a long life?) and you’re tired. But now isn’t the time to sit back and do nothing because you’ve got something to say. You’ve got something to change.  You don’t know what it is, exactly, that you need to say? That’s...

The power of working on, not in

In case you hadn’t noticed, this website’s pretty new. And when I asked Tom and Ellie at Brand New Notebook to make it with me, I didn’t realise I was about to do something HUGE.  For the first time, I dedicated a load of desk hours to working on my business,...

Use the comma

Listen, I’m not planning to get all snippety-snap about grammar here every week, but last year someone in the UK government said some weird stuff about the Oxford comma. Today, I realised two things: I’ve been quietly seething ever since My rage contains some useful...

It’s not that I don’t like it

I don’t usually ghost-write books for authors who want to self-publish. But why not?  It’s not because I don’t like self-publishing; it’s about the relationship.  With traditional publishing, I get paid by the publisher — just like the author does. With...

Ish

My friend Kit said ish is the most useful sound in the English language.