It’s late. You’ve been at work for hours, and that M&S pizza and large glass of red are calling you home. But you have to send one last email to your boss/a client/the love interest you’re trying to impress with your grasp of grammar before you leg it out the door. You’re typing away like … Continue Reading
With the holidays a’ coming, it’s time to wrap up warm, head on out to your local bookstore (wassup Book Hive!) and pick up some papery presents for your nearest and dearest. Books are usually on my list for Santa, too, and I love having a stack of new titles to get … Continue Reading
For those not up to date on all the latest LEGO goings-on, last year saw the release of brick building competition LEGO Masters on Channel 4 and The Story of LEGO on Channel 5. This is because LEGO is awesome and finally television has woken up to that fact. LEGO Masters is set to return in 2018 (whoop) … Continue Reading
Last year, as well as appearing on television TWICE, discussing how truly awesome LEGO is, I wrote these two new non-fiction titles. Yay me! Researching and writing non-fiction is a big part of what I do, and it’s so satisfying to see these lovely little book puppies in print.
Who Knew? is filled with weird and … Continue Reading
Krakow, Poland was my home for the whole of October. This was the view from my room at Villa Decius, where I was undertaking a writer’s residency as part of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Programme…
I divided my time between working, creating and coffee-drinking. I also got some dog-walking in … Continue Reading
In October I worked on this exciting new magazine – Bauhaus Now – celebrating 100 years of the Bauhaus movement. The first issue was released on 15 November 2017. It’s beautiful and brainy, and filled with interesting articles, artworks and stunning photography of some of the Bauhaus’s most inspired works of art, function and architecture.
This … Continue Reading
I’m not one for needlessly celebrating every milestone or anniversary, but please humour me for a moment. September 2007 saw the release of the first book authored by yours truly. In the ten years since, I have written hundreds of thousands of words, for over twenty non-fiction titles. I’ve written about Facebook, LEGO, The Archers, … Continue Reading
There are a few things I can’t work without.
New Hart’s Rules
Mug of tea, with almond milk
Post-its (original flavour)
Other things (like silence and a suitable height desk) are negotiable. Chocolate digestives are not.
In part 1, I put semicolons in their place (and got a bit excited about cheese). In part 2, I’m taking a look at their closest relation: the colon.
It’s easy to confuse the two – they sure do look alike – but how they’re used is quite different. I think of a colon as an … Continue Reading
Correct use of punctuation is not just essential for clarity – it’s one important way to inject variety into your writing. Variety is the spice of life, y’all. For example:
The dog’s name was Frank. He had black fur. He liked to eat avocados. His best friend was Olivia. She was a Siamese cat.
Staccato sentences like … Continue Reading