Nineteen Rules of Writing
Mon 14 Oct 2019

At the time of writing, I have published exactly three books: a photographic manual, a work of fiction, and a very ill-fated memoir*.  Yay, go me.  I am by no means an expert.  Not in the slightest.  I’m so green and wet behind the ears I’m ‘precious’.   Yet, people ask me all the time “Hey,…

Mon 07 Oct 2019

On Chuck Close and Finding Inspiration. We all know (of) the greatest fear of the writer:  the blank page.  And my blank page was beating the crap out of me the last few days.  Two weeks ago Defining Giulia went out to Beta-readers, and the ball is out of my court.  And while I actually…

Mon 07 Jan 2019

Yes, she smokes. I was at a book fair late 2018, a beautiful spring-bordering-on-summer day.  I put up my banner; I made my table all nice and pretty, put up an umbrella for shade, put some scatter cushions down for comfortable seating, arranged my books in what I hoped was an attractive manner, and got…

Thu 01 Nov 2018

The fear of 400 blank pages. Every creative knows the phrase ‘The fear of the blank page’.  Whether you’re a writer, a painter, a sketch artist, a composer, or anyone of the countless ones I cannot name, you will know how intimidating a blank canvas can be. I know this fear very well—when there is…

Sun 14 Oct 2018

The pleasure of writing wrongly. English is not my first language. While I have completely anglicised, my mother tongue is Afrikaans.  Out of my three serious relationships, my first two were with Afrikaans girls.  I only changed my home language to English once I met Andrea, and we moved in together. Having said that, I…

Wed 15 Aug 2018

The Allure of Kinbaku Since I was a wee lad, three things were always present in my mind.  (It was only when I was much, much older, that I realised that any of these three, never mind the combination of all of them, is rather unique.  “You mean you do NOT think this way?”) The…

Fri 15 Jun 2018

The Myth of the Alpha Male Disclaimer: The blog which follows is an exploration of fictional characters and is not to be interpreted as a psychological analysis of real life. (But, if the shoe fits…) To begin, I would like to introduce the concept of “opposites”.  The opposite of “north pole” is “south pole”, but…

When Did You Know
Wed 30 May 2018

When did you know? Thanks to the way my life worked out, I had no alternative but to live out and proud as a kink the last few years.  My ‘deviant’ photography started to get some mainstream traction, and people—the people I would have assumed vanilla and would have hidden my kink from—started asking questions. …

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