A Writer’s Log – Post 7: Sticking with it

Number of words today: 0 Number of lifetime words: 2195000 Published Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. Spent the day proofreading it and designing a cover for it. The book is now under review with Amazon; should be available for purchase in a few hours. I’ve been thinking about yesterday’s post. Had a chat with […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 6: Fatigue

Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2195000 Two stories (1000 words) away from finishing Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. All going well, I should be publishing it tomorrow, and it should be ready for purchase the day after. (As a writer who got his break in traditional publishing, whose first book […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 5: Numbers

Number of words today: 5000 Number of lifetime words: 2189000 Good writing day, but the words took longer than they should, and consequently I am more tired than I should be. Kept interrupting myself every hour or so to check book sales. Roughly, this is what I did: Hit Refresh on the browser. Note the number […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 4: Infinity War

Writing . Number of words today: 1000 Number of lifetime words: 2184000 Was a light day writing-wise. I had to write a thousand words to stay on target with the deadline for Volume 15. After doing them, just couldn’t summon up the will power to keep going. Whoever said a task always expands to fit the […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 3: Rejection

Writing . Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2183000 Difficult day psychologically because it began with rejection. A publishing house that has published many of my previous novels just told me – after sitting for five months on a submission – that they were ‘making changes to our list right now, and unfortunately we […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 2: The Truth of an Affirmation

Writing . Number of words today: 6000 Number of lifetime words: 2177300 Made a start on Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. Satisfactory day. In three two-hour sittings, managed to write twelve stories out of the fifty that will go into the volume. At 500 words a pop, the total word count for the day is […]

A Writer’s Log – Post 1: Is there a Point?

Writing Number of words today: 0 Number of lifetime words: 2171300 Had to do at least 2500 words today, to start on Volume 15 of 2002 Lesser Known Tales. But a combination of mental factors fell in the way. The biggest of them is fear: that after I finish the forty volumes of Lesser Known […]

Love and Longing in Art: Achilles and Patroclus

The story of Achilles and Patroclus is central to the story of Iliad. It is the death of Patroclus – when clad in Achilles’s armour – that ends the feud between Achilles and Agamemnon. It is the death of his friend that ignites Achilles into action, and sets into motion a sequence of events that […]

3 Things that Bring Out a Budding Writer’s Talent

Last week, I got involved with the good folk at Campus Diaries in their content development program. To kick things off, they got all their interns and young writers to send me a list of questions. I answered them all, of course. Then I thought it will be nice to feature some of the longer […]

What Money Is, and How It Is Different From Currency

I’ve always thought money was a subjective topic. Whenever I discuss money with people, it becomes apparent very quickly that we all have different associations with money. It means different things to different people. To some it means financial security. To others it may mean status. If for some it’s a means to buy things […]