Stuart MacBride: Cold Granite – A Book Review

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I have just finished reading Cold Granite, a novel by the Scottish writer Stuart MacBride.  You know the sort of scenario for us writer types. You have just finished reading one book and are looking for your next great read…

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Writing and Depression

Depression. I don’t like the word much even though I know this is me… a lot of the time! WRITERS and DEPRESSION may or may not be a cliche, but it is true for a lot of writers and other artistic people. I see it almost as a ‘rite of passage’.

Feeling ‘blue’ could be necessary in order to create and ‘feel’ at a much deeper level. Maybe without it you would not be as artistic, original or even funny. Who knows! What I do know though is, without a creative outlet, there would be nothing… Great post.

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Depression and writing is a topic I’ve been sort-of simultaneously hesitant and motivated to discuss. My friends and family are affected by depression, and its something I come into contact with through work more often than not. And I think the topic is something most if not all people have some familiarity with one way or another.

It’s also a common thread and discussion point online, people asking about the relationships between writing and depression (and anxiety) how to write on despite the black dog, questioning whether anti-depressants will curb creativity and so on. The hesitation I mentioned above stems from wanting to discuss, but also being a little uncertain about whether I can address anything on such a complex and nuanced topic.

Well, here we go. Please note that nothing here is intended as professional advice, it is intended to be legitimate and helpful, however a blog post simply…

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Go Team GB!!!

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Well, well, well.  I don’t know about you but I have thoroughly enjoyed the Rio Olympics. My main gripe is that it was over way too quickly!  And didn’t team GB do well!  Loads of medals.   Continue reading “Go Team GB!!!”