If you’re a writer, then you may recognise the ‘mind block syndrome’ or MBS, commonly referred to as writer’s block. However hard you try, you just can’t get anything down on paper, it’s as if your mind has switched off from being creative or imaginative.
Personally, when I’m suffering from this mental complaint, I experience a definite physical sensation within my brain; a kind of pressurised, cramped, deadness, a total lack of interest in everything that I attempt to do, and general dissatisfaction with life. I hit that psychological brick wall. It’s an unpleasant, dead-end kind of place to be.
When I was a young man, carefree and interested in living to the full, my girlfriend threw her dinner at me; if I remember correctly, it was a plateful of spaghetti with a generous topping of tomato source.
We had gone out for a meal at our favourite Italian restaurant, but our conversation had taken a wrong turn. An argument erupted like a lanced boil on the face of a celebrity.
I ducked as the plate headed my way, and it landed between tables. There was a deathly hush from the other diners. My partner walked out, embarrassed and mad.
If you’re the type of person who only has to look at a chocolate cake to put on an extra five pounds, then I sincerely hope that the following will help you win your battle with the weight loss demon.
I don’t have a problem with my weight (at the moment) but some of my family and friends seem to be permanently on a diet. They long to be thinner and enjoy the health benefits that losing excess pounds — from the right places — will bring.
“Your weight is a kind of balancing act. And the logic is simple…
I can remember as a boy looking at the advertisements at the back of those glossy American magazines that circulated in the UK. Not the girly magazines I hasten to add.
Alongside the offers for exploding joke cigarettes and the Charles Atlas, body building course, you could order a shrunken head. To grab your attention there was usually a small, black-and-white image of a wizened, crumpled face with a topknot of hair. Send off your $10 and he or she could be yours.
Gruesome, but true.
Whether these heads were real, perhaps from the warring tribes of South America or…
The Alien Announcement Will Be Coming Soon
Will you be ready?
Imagine. Your favourite TV program is suddenly interrupted by your president or prime minister who informs the nation that the alien presence is real.
You are told that they have been on the Earth for some time. But now they want to take charge of our lives and there is nothing we can do about it. They are too advanced, too technologically superior. We are helpless.
An intriguing scenario from a science fiction novel you might argue. But is it really pure fantasy?
Some months ago, in the middle…
…… Frank Zappa.
……. William Styron.
……. E.L. Doctorow.
……. Clair Kehrwald Cook.
……. Isaac Bashevis Singer.
……. Eddie Cantor.
……. Virginia Clark.
……. Robert Cormier.
. ……. Rose Macauley.
……. S. E. Linton.
……. Roald Dahl.
……. Peter de Vries.
……. Patrick Dennis.
……. Cecilia Bartholomew
……. James Kilpatrick.
……. Dorothy Parker.
……. Alastair Cooke.
……. Noel Coward.
……. Sydney Smith.
……. Stephen K. Tollefson.
……. Edna Ferber.
……. Robert Stone.
……. Alice Walker.
……. Jimmy Breslin.
……. William Styron.
……. Isaac Babel.
……. Pico Iyer.
……. Lewis Thomas.
……. James Thurber.
……. Mark Twain.
Sometimes, it is useful to remind oneself of some of the simple steps needed to improve our writing.
I’ve always believed that central to becoming an excellent writer is the awareness that all writing is done for someone to read. All writing is created for human beings by human beings.
Yet writers so often seem to forget that an actual person is out there who can be easily distracted or may not care about the subject enough to wade through jargon or fuzzy sentences.
Skilled writers know the secret to good writing is this: Don’t make the reader work.
“I’d rather casserole my arm before I help that lazy f — — r.”
Leslie slammed the files down on her desk and I could see that she was very upset — again. Bullying bosses can make life a living hell for some employees.
What follows is an account based on fact, in my experience, and I hope it will be a warning to any workplace bullies and offer a few tips for those who want to be proactive.
I worked for a manufacturing company, a medium-sized affair, and the factory manager — we’ll call him Mark — was arrogant…
There you are in the crowded auditorium. A rumour spreads that the world-famous pianist has suddenly tripped over the conductor’s baton and sprained his wrist in the fall.
An elderly gentleman dressed in a tuxedo, with long flowing grey locks, appears on the stage and shouts.
“Is there a talented pianist in the house?”
Now it’s that moment you have been waiting for all your life.
Even though you’re totally musically ignorant and haven’t got a clue how to play the piano, or any other musical instrument, you stand up and raise your hand.
You’re called forward, all…
Past lives as a journalist, P.R. poseur and commercial slave. Currently an aged teetotaller, cyclist, enthusiastic musician and painter. Born again writer.