How do you spend $114,000 in three months?

How do you spend $113,973 on travel and accommodation in just three months? I have no idea, but that’s what opposition leader Simon Bridges spent between 1 April and 30…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #12 : “Everyone will hate it!”

Reason #12 : “Everyone will hate it!” “This is not a book that should be tossed lightly aside. It should be hurled with great force.” — Dorothy Parker   So…

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Kicking whales and waving dead chickens

The Jargon File, also known as The New Hacker’s Dictionary, is a window into a golden age of computing. I still have a copy the latter (a third edition), and…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #11: “It’s still not perfect.”

    PART 3 LETTING GO “Writing is a mug’s game. It’s insanely competitive, appallingly paid, and the only good news about the terrible pay is that the job is…

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Harry Potter and the End of Chapter 3

Earlier this week, J K Rowling posted this on Twitter: Quite coincidentally, a couple of days earlier I’d just started doing what the sign said I shouldn’t; rereading Harry Potter…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #10 : “I need to make some changes.”

Reason #10 : “I need to make some changes.” “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small…

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A Writing Exercise Courtesy of Harlan Ellison

I have a writing exercise for you. I’d like you to produce a short story using the premise “The 102-year old pregnant corpse”. It’s currently 1 p.m. and I’d like…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #9 : “I’ve got writer’s block.”

Reason #9 : “I’ve got writer’s block.” “There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” — Terry Pratchett   Writer’s block…

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The Nautical Derivation of Well-known Words and Phrases

Many familiar English words and phrases have interesting derivations, and because England was once a great sea power, a surprising number come from the days of sailing ships … footloose…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #8 : “I’ve hit The Wall.”

    PART 2 KEEPING GOING “Next to the defeated politician, the writer is the most vocal and inventive griper on earth. He sees hardship and unfairness wherever he looks….

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