Writing Practise: 92% of a Sestina

When I set time aside to actually practise my writing, I consciously try to experiment, to play around with different styles, approaches, genres and tones. It's an attempt to broaden my repertoire, flex my creative muscles, and learn new ways of writing well.

It’s OK to have a crappy Christmas

Christmas is upon us once again, that most wonderful time of the year when merriness seems all but mandatory.  Yet in spite of- or perhaps because of- the widespread insistence that Christmas is a happy time, there's an awful lot of misery about.  In a 2015 Samaritans survey of 1600 adults, 1 in 6 respondents …