I have somehow ended up with almost identical blogs at WordPress, Tumblr, and LiveJournal. Yes, LiveJournal still exists – stop laughing. Anyway – cutting a very long, introspective, and boring story short, I’m going to limit the almost-daily head emptying posts to just WordPress. I find myself being drawn into all three communities and trying … Continue reading Footholds

One Thousand Lines

Today I wrote over a thousand lines of programming. Tomorrow morning I’ll try executing them, and hide behind something sturdy while they spew error messages all over the place. Or not. Sometimes my code works first time – it’s rare, but it happens. I’m writing the programming to bring a system into existence – kind … Continue reading One Thousand Lines

Recreate a Single Day

Somehow I have made it to day fourteen of the WordPress Blogging University “Every Day Inspiration” series of daily prompts. Yes, I know I haven’t done every day – but I’ve done quite a few of them. Today’s prompt appears to be the easiest of the lot, because it’s pretty much “what I do” – tell … Continue reading Recreate a Single Day

Unexpected Popularity

The strangest thing has been happening. Maybe not strange, but certainly unexpected. People have been reading my blog posts. Lots of people. Well, a few. More than in quite some time. Ok, enough with the short sentences because it makes me sound like Donald Trump (on a side note, it will be interesting to see … Continue reading Unexpected Popularity

Writing and Not Writing

Today’s WordPress Blogging University writing exercise is asking me to consider what I might write if I had more time to write: If you’re not a full-time writer, or if your day is so full of other tasks that you have little time to write, consider these alternative questions: if you could step into a … Continue reading Writing and Not Writing

The Colour of Magic

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong. The above words were written by Terry Pratchett – the late, celebrated author of the Discworld novels. I discovered the Discworld novels through my other half. Not … Continue reading The Colour of Magic

A Story in a Single Image

The Blogging University “Everyday Inspiration” prompt for today is “A Story in a Single Image” – encouraging you to look at a selection of photos accompanying their email, and use them as inspiration to pollute the internet a little more with your unique brand of idiocy. The photo accompanying this post isn’t theirs – it’s … Continue reading A Story in a Single Image


For the better part of 2007 and 2008 I commuted into London each day – leaving the house at 6:45am each morning, and returning at 7pm each evening. The door-to-door journey took in the region of two hours on a good day. Think about that. Four hours on trains every day. Life became a weirdly automatic … Continue reading Regret

Let’s Write a List

Today’s writing exercise from the totally fabricated faculty of Blogging University is a list. It could be any list, but I’m guessing a list of goals, inspirations, or past fails is going to be far more interesting than a shopping list (although posting something that meta is kind of enticing). The first list that springs … Continue reading Let’s Write a List

I write because…

I’m doing well this week. I signed up for one of the WordPress University courses yesterday, and then completely missed the first assignment arriving in my in-box. Does that mean I currently hold the record for missing the start of the course, let alone the fifth, sixth, or seventh exercise? The title of today’s exercise … Continue reading I write because…