David Hayden: “Men Still Too Often See Their Writing as the Canon” — Literary Hub

One winter afternoon in 1981, I was between shifts as a kitchen porter in a big sea-front hotel in Blackpool. I had a brown manila pay packet in my pocket with £16 and change in it. I stood in a branch of W.H. Smith, looking at the classics. The books that I had not read.… via … Continue reading David Hayden: “Men Still Too Often See Their Writing as the Canon” — Literary Hub

If It Wasn’t For My Corporate Office Job, I Couldn’t Be a Novelist — Literary Hub

As a management consultant, I talk about money all day. Since it’s my client’s money—not my own—these conversations are more transactional than emotional; they’re not personal, it’s business. When I talk about my own money (particularly my book money), however, it’s entirely different. Offering even cursory details has the air of confession; I feel exposed, […] … Continue reading If It Wasn’t For My Corporate Office Job, I Couldn’t Be a Novelist — Literary Hub

Stupid Inspirational Quotes

Sincerely Sassy

Despite the fact that I’m a writer and lover of books, music, poetry, etc. I’ve always kind of hated quotes, especially inspirational ones. I’m not just talking about the terrible quotes people put on repurposed wood in their home like “Live, Laugh, Love” but just any kind of seemingly helpful phrase folks will throw around whenever you’re in a time of crisis. The only quote I kind of like is: “it is what it is”, because like, it is…what it is.

Anyway, recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the notion that “time heals all wounds”. As a person who has been mentally and emotionally wounded quite a bit, this thought is something that I often return to, as I’m always curious if it’s true, and in what way. After all, if people are going to keep saying the same stupid thing to you over and over, shouldn’t there be…

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