• Telling Your Story

    Fear and Writing

    Even the most seasoned writer can sit in front of a blank page paralysed by fear. Can I match the success of my last book? Who wants to read what I have to say? I’m not that good a writer, my spelling and grammar are atrocious (that’s what editors are for). Rational or not, this fear is real and can stop people from creating a story that they need to get out. It doesn’t matter if you’re writing a novel or a self-help book. Most don’t recognise the fear because it presents itself as excuses. I don’t have time. It’s a waste of my energy. I don’t have the money.…

  • Telling Your Story

    Cheese and crackers

    Over lunch today we were chatting about stuff and I was reminded about Buddha. I won’t tell you specifics but I thought I’d share this little story. It feels a bit cheesy (pun intended) because I wrote it so long ago … Cheese and Crackers I met Thomas ‘Buddha’ Smyth last spring in Chestnut Street while I was on my way to the deli to pick up blue vein cheese and poppy seed crackers for afternoon tea: Aunt Sarah was coming to visit. Well, I was traveling rather quickly along Chestnut Street because I had lost track of time sorting out my photographs from my holiday in London. I really wanted…