Rejection or even the fear of rejection is enough to deflate the best of us, and worse still, it holds us back.
Even the sound of the word is enough to make you want to roll your eyes.
To this day, I still remember my request to sing Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back at my high school’s annual talent show got rejected outright.
That one still hurts.
You hate it. I hate it. We all hate it. …
So here’s the thing.
My total writing output for the month of April was a big bag of nothing.
I couldn’t even attempt a new draft, that’s how frustratingly bad it was.
Let’s get real here. I’m no Hemingway and my writing wasn’t exactly lighting the world ablaze prior to this, but I was still writing something.
I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out what in the fuck happened, but all I know is that April just kind of slipped out of my keyboard.
I struggled with ideas. I lacked any real motivation, and worse…
You see that man jumping for joy above? That’s how I feel after I’ve snagged a freebie. I tried taking a picture of me doing the same jump but I kept messing up the shot.
Anyway, that’s me, minus the ripped shorts and white socks, that is. Just imagine a thinner version with joggers, black socks, longer hair, and sitting down at a desk with half an arm raised (I hurt my shoulder so can’t thrust it up like the dude above).
I love freebies. I remember when I got a free knife set as part of some…
Writing in the November issue of The Atlantic in 1945, author and screenwriter Raymond Chandler wrote:
Let me not imply that there are no writers of authentic ability in Hollywood. There are not many, but there are not many anywhere. The creative gift is a scarce commodity, and patience and imitation have always done most of its work.
Now, if that’s not a 1940s burn, then I don’t know what is.
What gives, Raymond?
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Podcasts are supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
OK, maybe not in that particular way, but I have said they’re amazing. They’re so damn good I went out and got my own three years ago.
I even wrote about it on Medium.
What’s not to like about them? They’re interesting; they’re fun; they come in all different shapes and sizes and best of all, they’re very accessible.
Oh, and did I mention they’re free?
For all their amazingness though, there’s one tiny problem.
There are just too many of them.
How do you know which podcast…
It’s been over 14 months since the World Health Organisation declared an international public health emergency over the outbreak of Covid-19.
Our mental health has taken a battering, and it feels like we need to redress the imbalance a little.
Coping with the fallout of the past year hasn’t been easy. It wasn’t for me, and I count myself lucky to have a support network comprising family and friends and… Netflix.
We need as much help as we can get right now.
I took the above from a Tim Denning piece from 2019. I copied and pasted it onto a blank page and stared at it for a really long time. It resonated with me so much that I had to use it for the title of this piece.
It was true then, and it’s true now.
If there’s one thing my (relatively short) time as a writer has taught me, it’s this: a good headline is important — necessary even — but if the content isn’t engaging it doesn’t matter how good the title is, your readers will switch off.
Warning: the following contains spoilers for the film Promising Young Woman. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop. Do not proceed. Bookmark this article and come back to it after you have.
I have a confession to make.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a reaction like the one I had after watching Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (PYW). I’ve seen the film several times now and on each occasion, I felt like punching my face as a form of penance for having the same anatomy as the repugnant assholes portrayed in the film.
Here’s how you can be, too — in 10 minutes.
Money advice is way too complex these days.
I mean, who’s got time to read about IRAs and 401ks or spend time looking up the best superannuation fund at the moment? Or how to set-up a SIPP?
(If you didn’t have to Google that last one, then good for you!).
I always found it hard to know what is considered good money etiquette these days, you know, treating your money good.
People need things to be broken down for them. …
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