Non-Fiction anthology coming soon!

46 Square 2015 journal of non-fiction

As part of my Birkbeck studies, I am involved in publishing a collection of non-fiction stories, in a journal.

The journal is called 46 Square
and will be released on the 4th June.

Here is the provisional artwork for the cover, which I think looks great.

The aim of this module is to give us an insight into the world of publishing, including the job of production manager, editor, art director, copy-editor, proof reader, etc.

My role? Webmaster and blogger, of course!

If you want to follow our progress, please follow our blog: 46 Square: creative non-fiction.

Reading and choosing submissions has been fun. I’ve learnt how difficult it is to reject pieces. Some of the pieces we rejected were beautifully written, but not quite what we were looking for.

So now, I’ve been on the rejection process from the other side. Will it make me more sanguine about my own rejections? I’m not sure. Wait and see.


2014 Report Card: could do better!

The WordPress.com helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

It’s not doing very well, with only about 5,900 page views in 2014. If interested, you can read the full report here.

I’m not too concerned. My coastal walking blog gets far more hits, and I rarely post anything of universal interest on this site, just my latest progress (or lack of it) with my various writing assignments. My followers tend to be friends and fellow writers. Continue reading “2014 Report Card: could do better!”

2012 in review

Stats about this blog and climbing Mt Everest.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

On the Olympics: legacy?

I deliberately kept the weeks of the Olympics and Paralympics as free from work commitments as possible. You see, as one of the official BT Olympic Storytellers, I felt it was my duty to watch as much as I could. And, as planned, I spent most of those weeks sitting in front of the television with the remote control in my hand, watching everything cycling, swimming, rowing, football, volley ball, sailing, tennis and the glorious track and field events.

Shortly after the Olympics finished, I went to support our eldest daughter (Ella Fields) as she took part in the Vitruvian Triathlon at Rutland Water – a punishing open-water swim, followed by a 50K 50 mile bike ride, followed by a half-marathon run. The weather was sunny and hot. I am proud to report that our daughter successfully completed the event. Despite finishing way back in the field, she looked cool and fit at the end – unlike most of the competitors who looked grey and ill.

If watching sports people perform could get you fit, I would be an Olympic champion myself.

Having put on a few pounds in weight (watching people being sporty makes me hungry), I have enrolled myself in a circuit-training fitness programme and, so far so good, have been exercising three times a week and dropped a couple of pounds.

Can we chalk this up as part of the legacy of the Olympics?


Following the Olympics: on Twitter

It is true that there have been some unfortunate Twitter events; for example the hurtful tweet sent directly to Tom Daley, informing him he had disappointed his dead father.

Olympic Rings at St Pancras StationWhy have I found the Olympics so utterly compelling this year?

Maybe it’s because I am an official Olympic Storyteller? Maybe it’s because the Games are happening on home turf? Maybe it’s because of the orchestrated build-up, and the relentless advertising, in the month’s preceding the event? Maybe it’s because TeamGB have so many real chances of medal success?

Whatever the reason, I feel involved in this Olympics in a way I never have before. Continue reading “Following the Olympics: on Twitter”