Write with blood

In his 19th-century book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: Of all that is written I love only what a man has written with his blood. Write with blood, and you will experience that blood is spirit. For many years, I did not write in blood. I wrote what I was paid to write for

Rocking museum geekery

I am a museum geek. There, I’ve said it. As a kid, my favourite place in the world was the Natural History Museum in Kensington, London – not only an awe-inspiring and historic building in terms of its architecture, but full of wonders. On the quiet upper floors of the museum, away from stampeding dino-mad

The ‘Not Writing’ Blues

Much has been written about the challenges of writing: teaching slugs to tap-dance would be easier. But what about ‘not writing’? For me, my ‘not writing’ phases are immeasurably harder than my writing phases. When I don’t write, I feel out of sorts. Restless. I do some work. I think about writing. I play with my kids. I