Social Maps and Mental Health

I WOULDN’T CALL IT PROCRASTINATING.

But I really should have finished my next novel at this stage. I’m still applying the final brushstrokes and will announce a release date next week.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy. Honest! Read more

The Anti-Promotional Poster

TODAY I STARTED working on a few images I could share on social media.

After a while, I got bored of fixating on the positives. I know my books aren’t perfect. No book is (except maybe LOTR and War and Peace. Yes, I’m a nerd).

So, I thought, just for shits and giggles, why not share some images of the most damning reviews I’ve received to date for my two novels PATHFINDERS and SIGIL? Read more

Cracking the Code of Self-Publishing Success

8239759481_444b87b58f_zMY RECENT BLOG posts have focused on the self-publication of my debut novel Pathfinders.

While it’s too early to gauge its success, I’m under no illusion as to the size of the task ahead – namely getting it into the hands and digital readers of interested readers.

Despite a decade of sales experience and my most recent posting as an Inbound Marketing Specialist at Hubspot, I’ve found the rules of the game in self-publishing somewhat paradoxical. Read more

The Joy of Solo Travel

Colombian Rainforest Solo Travel
Gazing out at Colombian Rainforest

I’VE BEEN BLESSED to have spent a combined total of three years in the last decade backpacking and travelling through 25 countries across 4 continents.

My first foray abroad without parents was as a painfully shy teenager at the tender age of 17 to the Balearic island of Ibiza in the late ’90s.

My buddy and I were virginal lambs to the slaughter for two weeks in the hedonistic island infamously spawning the Sky One Ibiza Uncovered TV show which helped propel the new breed of fly-on-the wall reality shows that continue to pollute our screens in the Jersey/Geordie Shore format. Read more

The Curious Case of the Selfie Stick

Look at me Ma. I'm on Holidays! Selfie Stick
Look at me Ma! I’m on holiday!

I loathe selfies. Ergo, I loathe selfie sticks.

And the word ergo come to think of it.

The selfie stick for me is right up there on my list of hated tech trends somewhere between the bluetooth headset and customised mobile phone ringtones, especially if the phone owner is of adult age.

No exceptions.

Everything about the selfie makes my skin bristle. The pop culture, celebrity endorsed fad that has infected our generation. The instantaneous desire to capture a moment and share it with your Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat/Instagram followers. Everyone’s a superstar in their own clique. Read more