The Most Social of Platforms Social media the most social of platforms, talk to strangers from all the world ignoring the people sitting beside you Same Cells, Same Species Same cells, same series, different life Plates piled high with food, watching TV Kids starving playing in landfill Our rubbish, their life, our disgrace My … Continue reading One-Line Poetry
The surprising results from publishing less than half of my posts behind the paywall on Medium. Recently I have been unlocking a large number of my articles. The benefits have been huge. So huge, I haven’t even thought of the money I have missed out on. In a moment of complete madness, I decided to set up a Medium publication dedicated to daily posts. These posts are written as a journal and include details of my writing journey. I also include writing tips and tricks I have discovered on my journey.
Patreon is an essential platform for all writers. It allows you to build up a personalised relationship with your fans. I set up my Patreon a number of months ago. I am pleased with the progress, my patrons are valuable to me. However, it has not grown at the speed I would have liked. Some … Continue reading Support a Writer & Join Patreon
Zee looked at the jar in his hand, containing his parent’s ashes. His family who he had carried with him for the last two years. Whilst he arranged the journey back to his father’s homeland. His last dying wish, to be buried at home. His mother’s ashes to go with him. Together in eternity. Zee’s parents had loved each other despite the crippling cultural differences. Zee had been born mix heritage, a factor that had haunted him all his life. The bullies at school who had mocked him. The employers who had given him the worst jobs, because of it. When he complained to his parents about it, always the same answer.
Over the last couple of months, I have been working hard on my email list. Everything was going well, three weeks in, my account was suspended by MailChimp. The reason was suspicious activity. Anyone who has subscribed knows that I send standard author newsletters. I emailed them back and asked for clarification. That was three weeks ago, I still haven’t got a reply. As MailChimp had been recommended to me, I was devastated. The fact that MailChimp treats its customers like this, is another matter. I understand that accounts need to be checked. Not replying, is a great example of a company getting too popular, to care about the people who put them at the top. At the time I was tempted to give up on my newsletter, but why should I let one company ruin my writing career. So I looked for alternatives. I decided to go it alone.
I hold you in my hand so smooth Running my fingers over the grooves Dents from drops when I was small Scratches from the change you hold Edges worn and rounded off Fingerprints inlaid in dust A lid that flips and shuts with a bang A wick as black as nights of old The smell … Continue reading Lighter Days – Poem
Using token economies to reward positive behaviour. Whether you are a parent or teacher, rewarding good behaviour has to be a priority. This principle teaches children what behaviour should be repeated and which shouldn’t. A reward for positive behaviour could be something as simple as praise. Imagine the scenario your child is bored, you haven’t had enough time to spend in the day with them. It happens we are all busy people. They start to kick the chairs and throw things in the lounge, due to the boredom. You go over to them, putting your work down and deal with their behaviour.