Freakonomics is, undoubtedly, a brilliant book of essays which almost effortlessly uses causality to knit together seemingly disparate truths. However, for me at times it was a hard set of scenarios to grasp. The problem is not the details, but numbers. Economics, as is the case with so many branches of the sciences, relies on … Continue reading Book of the Month :: Why Numbers are Scary, and Other Stories.
Occasionally, you come across something that you don't remember writing. That is the case with this week's piece, sitting in a folder that had a bunch of house correspondence in it. It was produced for a writing challenge on Livejournal, and if the save date on the file is correct, produced in May 2004. What makes … Continue reading Write Off :: The Day before You Came
So, I should have done this a long time ago, on reflection. This is the true measure of progress since Twitter reset its UI in the Summer. In four months, I have picked up one new follower. This is what happens when you systematically remove the elements that exist within Social media whose sole purpose … Continue reading GSME #23 :: Big Log
Haiku is going to become quite important over the next six weeks or so. I'll be filling everybody this time on the 22nd on what happens to the form in October (THERE'S A PLAN) plus the schedule for National Poetry Day on the 28th. Don't worry about the Micropoetry, that's getting its own special treatment for … Continue reading Fear :: Haiku and Micropoetry
There comes a point, in every writer's life, when you look at a segment of plot and realise, with a heavy heart, that it is absolutely dire. After 16 years, I've revisited a story that is very important and yesterday, came to the first truly shoddy section of work. [*] I can't in good conscience allow … Continue reading Bad Day
It is a truly brave commentator who’d consider comparing the Ku Klux Klan with a bunch of Estate Agents, but that is exactly what Levitt and Dubner decide to do in Chapter 2 of Freakonomics. This section of the 2005 book is particularly apposite in light of current events, with the alt-right very much front … Continue reading Book of the Month :: The Hidden Side of Everything
Those of you paying attention will know that Thursdays are now intentionally quiet on the Blogs because I've decided to dedicate an entire 24 hours just to writing fiction. The positive effect this is having on mental health is not to be underestimated, quite apart from the actual progress being made. 40 pages of editing … Continue reading Take the Long Way Home