MY 6 WRITING DISTRACTIONS LYING IN WAIT

I’m currently lucky enough to be connected to a major theatre in Liverpool that is showing faith in me as a writer, and investing time and money to develop any potential I may have. And I’m about to start work on completing the first draft and on subsequent re-writes of a full-length play, based onContinue reading “MY 6 WRITING DISTRACTIONS LYING IN WAIT”

THE GYM VERSUS THE SOFA – MAN’S ETERNAL STRUGGLE

It’s a wet, cold Monday night in February. I had planned to go to the gym as part of my three-day training routine. But the house is warm and the sofa is…responsive. It’s old, it knows how I like things, it encourages me to slouch like the evil soft furnishings monster it is. I startContinue reading “THE GYM VERSUS THE SOFA – MAN’S ETERNAL STRUGGLE”

WHEN A PICTURE TELLS A STORY STILL TO BE WRITTEN

What is the favourite photo you have ever taken? What is about it that makes the image so special? When I was asked this recently, I considered a photo taken of my father a couple of years before he passed away, back when he was still relatively healthy, delighted to be with two of hisContinue reading “WHEN A PICTURE TELLS A STORY STILL TO BE WRITTEN”

FIVE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR TODAY

What are the main things that we should be grateful for but are most likely to take for granted? Do we ever even think about them until they are under threat? When prompted recently to think of five things I am most grateful for it was good to stop and consider those things upon whichContinue reading “FIVE THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR TODAY”

9 PIECES OF ADVICE I WOULD OFFER MY TEENAGE SELF

When I was a teenager, which of course covers the years when we are fully cocooned in school, to the years when we are released to the ‘freedoms’ of getting a job and actually earning money, we make many wrong choices and waver between undeserved confidence to unnecessary insecurity. I was more the latter, inContinue reading “9 PIECES OF ADVICE I WOULD OFFER MY TEENAGE SELF”

THE DOMINO EFFECT OF FALLING FRIENDSHIPS

Friendships are part of the bedrock of life. Even the more casual friendships can bring colour and humour and help with perspective. The banter (the type that is convivial and teasing and not the Yorkshire Cricket Club racist brand), can help us to not take ourselves too seriously and lighten our moods amid the stressesContinue reading “THE DOMINO EFFECT OF FALLING FRIENDSHIPS”

THE FEAR OF SELF-PROMOTION FOR THE CONSTANTLY NERVOUS

One of the downsides to having to promote my songs or blogs is the need to do exactly that – promote. I’m not a promote type person. My moniker is not Promotion Paul. At school my fellow pupils would never have voted me as Pupil Most Likely to Promote. However, since I somewhat accidentally startedContinue reading “THE FEAR OF SELF-PROMOTION FOR THE CONSTANTLY NERVOUS”

MY TRUEST FAITH IN THE CALIFORNIA DREAM THAT’S QUIETLY COME TRUE

A song of mine, Your Truest Faith, has just been selected for the playlist of internet radio station South California Singer-Songwriter Radio based in Rosemead, near Los Angeles. It’s probably not a career-changing moment but for myself, who saw the California singer-songwriter scene of the late 70’s and 80’s as the holy grail for anyoneContinue reading “MY TRUEST FAITH IN THE CALIFORNIA DREAM THAT’S QUIETLY COME TRUE”