Bless this work: taking time to remember why we create

Bless this work: taking time to remember why we create

We were about to start recording for my podcast, when my guest paused for a moment. ‘Let our conversation be of service to all those who need it’, he said, and it felt somehow like a blessing, a presence hovering over us. Dozens of interviews later, I still find...
Then this happened (how not to get a publishing deal)

Then this happened (how not to get a publishing deal)

This was me last Friday. Because this happened. I’ve been working with the book coach and publisher Alison Jones in a book proposal challenge. She spends two weeks with participants on our ideas, structure and presentation for a business book, providing feedback...
We are all making glue

We are all making glue

Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks were filled with drawings; ideas for flight, optics, weird engineering solutions. Extraordinarily prescient, yet most things came to nothing in his lifetime. They were just ideas. The other ideas that needed to go with them didn’t yet...
This is your creative brain – and mine

This is your creative brain – and mine

This is you. This is us. You have a hundred ideas in the shower. You continually see new ways of doing things, presenting ideas, making things  better, changing the world. Your mind races and sings, always joining the dots that other people don’t see. You notice...
The (uncomfortable) joy of incompetence

The (uncomfortable) joy of incompetence

Last night I went to the pub and learned to knit. I’ve never aspired to making woolly things. I recall some kind of sponsored knit when I was in the Brownies, and being faintly horrified to discover that being ‘sponsored by the inch’ meant by the...

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