The Hiding of the Secret

All the way back at the dawn of time, the gods came together to review their latest creation. And they weren’t all happy; not in the least “This ‘human’ is an entertaining sort,” said one, “I do like their spirit…” “Indeed,” said laughed another “nothing seems to stop their exploration of the world we have […]

A Cure for Writers Block (Warning: here be dragons)

There’s little more horrifying to a writer than a blank page and a winking cursor. I mean it’s literally winking at you. Bastard. We talk about writers block like it’s a disease that we can catch We talk about writers block like it’s a disease that we can catch – I can’t come round, I have […]

The Magic Bullet for Dealing with Difficult People

You can’t get away from the fact that every so often, sometimes in quick succession, you’re going to meet a real asshole or ten. These come in two forms: one is the kind that you create. In actual fact the person isn’t all that bad but your image of them – what we call the […]

A Source of Inspiration: The Artistic Family Tree

There are two mutually exclusive categories of history that apply to creative work too. One is the Heroic Theory in which great people come along, do pretty amazing things and change the course of history forever. These geniuses are usually described as challenging conventional thinking, mould-breaking and “before their time” or alternatively derided, abused and […]

How to Stay the Course (when you don’t know what the destination will be…)

There are many times in our lives when we come to the metaphorical crossroads. Do we plunge on ahead, take a left, go back the way we came or pop into the McDonalds for a chocolate shake and some diabetes? A tweet came up in my feed from someone who was undecided about whether or […]

10 Things Teachers Can Learn from Actors

Whether its training bored adults in the gentle arts of spreadsheets or taming a combustible room of 7 year-olds, the process is enough to wear down the most energetic of NQTs let alone a haggard old veteran (as you tend to be the year after QTS). At all times of year, the holidays can’t come […]