Colonic irritation

Oh WordPress, you shouldn’t have got me started. A recent Daily Prompt asked about punctuation. In particular, it asked ‘do you overuse exclamation marks? Do you avoid semicolons like the plague? What type of punctuation could you never live without?’  Like it says on Wikipedia, punctuation is: “the use of spacing, conventional signs, and certain typographical…

The Analyst Is Out

Back before the advent of blogging, I would sometimes give an idle thought to writing a book about my experiences in the investment industry. It wouldn’t be fiction because, trust me, you couldn’t make this stuff up, and there’s certainly no shortage of humorous, not to say surreal, material in that strange world I left,…

Simon Schama’s Swampy Suck

Oh, hi there. I thought that might get your attention… Today’s instalment of ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’ is: “Origin story. Why did you start your blog? Is that why you still blog, or has your site gone in a different direction than you’d planned?” It’s coming up for two years since I started this…

Must try harder

“State of your year. Write up a mid-year ‘State of my Year’ post.” Still alive, still married, still solvent. The rest is detail. No news is good news, but it doesn’t provide much meat for a new post. Instead, let’s look at how things are going in relation to the ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’…

Man cave

“Writing Room. A genie has granted your wish to build your perfect space for reading and writing. What’s it like?” I suppose the ‘proper’ response to this latest of ‘365 Days of Writing Prompts’ would be to describe something austere, devoid of anything so frivolous that it may keep the artist from his  muse. A garret…

Inside The Actors’ Studio

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt asks us to answer the ten standard questions that James Lipton asks his guests on ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio.’ Well, that’s a programme I used to like, and lists are usually good for a bit of introspection, so here goes: What is your favourite word? ‘Opulente’ Some care is needed here…