It’s been a busy ol’ year—what with my return to the learning factory and such—but I have managed to maintain a modicum of momentum in my reading. Listed below are the best books I read, in the order in which I read them (more or less) in 2015. I’m also aware of how time-poor everyone is, and how […]
Folk are always going on about how music isn’t as good anymore, or how there wasn’t anything to get excited about this year. Horseshit. There was loads. Loads, I tell ya! You just weren’t looking–or rather, listening–carefully enough… Anyway, following on from Part One, and in no particular order, here are just five more albums I […]
So, November’s over, which means that whole NaNoWriMo thing is over. Someone asked me the other day how it was going. How many words had I done—forty thousand? Fifty? You’ve got to be joking, I thought. I’d have been happy to make it to ten. But I didn’t. Not even close.
I’m under no illusions about the fact that very few people give a hoot about the music I listen to. Problem is, I really like music, and I quite like writing about too. Rock, metal, hip-hop, pop… it’s all good. Unless, of course, it’s not. Among the other things you may or may not need […]
Some kids are natural born readers. Many others develop a love for books because of the time that their parents spend reading with them. For others it starts with a single book that sparks just enough of a reaction to get them to read one more book, and then another, and so on. As a […]
In Latin America, magic is in our blood. Our history, our days are filled with magic, either for reasons of religious syncretism or for fear of the unknown, or, rather, a great love for surprises. When something inexplicable happens—and in Latin America life itself is inexplicable—that’s magic.
“A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Díaz The above quote was posted by one of my classmates, in a thread titled “Fuck this shit.” The thread was started by Suzy Vitello, who’s leading […]
1. Capital letters Let’s start with an easy one, shall we? Capital letters go at the start of any sentence, status update, comment or tweet. Also, when you write someone’s name (that’s their first name AND surname) you need to use a capital letter. Same for the name of any town, city or country. Honestly. […]
Long time readers of my blog will probably recognise some elements of this post. But before you jump ship, grumbling about not having the time nor inclination to read old content, let me just say that this is more of a “reimagining” of my thoughts and ideas on a particular theme, rather than a simple […]
“Tell lies, beautifully,” said Chuck Palahniuk to me, the first time I ever met him. (Actually, he wrote it, inside my copy of Lullaby. Look, there’s even a photo to prove it.)