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Relaxing is harder than getting stressed.

That’s an odd kind of a statement, right?  On the one hand you know that it’s damn hard to turn off and on the other you’re almost programmed to think that relaxing is something you just do whereas stress involves activity, pressure and focus.  It’s not, surely, a matter that relaxation is hard, it’s more that you struggle to have time to do it.  But lets be honest if relaxation was easy, we wouldn’t...

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A disciplined lack of discipline.

An old teacher of mine once said that I had a natural sense of discipline.  Many others have said that I take everything too seriously.  This may be why Worf is my favourite character in Star Trek but it seems that it’s also what makes me able to do what I do. Or is it? Very often, when I tell people what I do for a living, their reaction is that they couldn’t do that, they’d be too distracted or they’d fail to get...

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The government and the medical establishment are really winding me up right now.

I say government because it feels so unjust to take a pop at our poor, beleaguered, unsupported NHS.  I genuinely feel that we need to spend more on the mechanism that provides for our health and well being and it’s likely that the root cause of my ire is lack of finance, however, the medical profession is disappointing me at the moment.  In honesty I think they’ve been disappointing me for a long time but right now I am...

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The importance of character and voice.

I like to write in the first person.  I find that when I’m in a character’s mind and I know how they’ll think and what they’ll say the words come easier.  The whole creative process falls into place and even when I’m confused about where to go next (I’m rubbish at structuring storylines)the voice will help to carry me through.  Sometimes it feels like the stories write themselves. The downside to this is...

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The crime of judgement

We all do it.  It’s an inescapable part of being human, a nasty little remnant of a time when life was dangerous and we had to make split second decisions if we were to survive.  We all make judgements.  We make them based on everything, the clothes people wear, the foods they eat, the job they do, whether they rise early in the morning or not, the music they like, the car they drive, whether it’s our business or not we make a...

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