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"Don’t just go through the motions. Don’t accept dogma. Look for ways that you might be wrong, don’t…"

“Don’t just go through the motions. Don’t accept dogma. Look for ways that you might be wrong, don’t look for ways to prove you’re right. Think. Express your thoughts with as much precision and care as you can muster.”

- John Gruber @ Daring Fireball
Dec 5

Photo: Pen Blow 4 – painting with a ball point pen -Shane McAdams http://t.co/dD1ug13E

Photo: Pen Blow 4 - painting with a ball point pen -Shane McAdams http://t.co/dD1ug13E
Dec 5

No Place for the Little Lyric: Should Adrienne Rich be the poet laureate of the Occupy movement? Listen, hear: http://t.co/MOy25nnY

No Place for the Little Lyric: Should Adrienne Rich be the poet laureate of the Occupy movement? Listen, hear: http://t.co/MOy25nnY
Dec 5

Angela Saini vs (disposable) new technology. Hackcycle and reuse… http://t.co/BHbp8V7I

Angela Saini vs (disposable) new technology. Hackcycle and reuse... http://t.co/BHbp8V7I
Dec 5

Storytellers across the world are doing work that deserves to be heard. You can find the best of it at Audiofiles: http://t.co/e6tNrEe2

Storytellers across the world are doing work that deserves to be heard. You can find the best of it at Audiofiles: http://t.co/e6tNrEe2
Dec 5

RT @dangouge: "You can spend your whole life doing no more than preparing for life and thinking. ‘Is this all there is?’" -Terrance Hayes

RT @dangouge: "You can spend your whole life doing no more than preparing for life and thinking. 'Is this all there is?'" -Terrance Hayes
Dec 5

Hello Southampton University. Hello Nuffield Theatre. Hello teachers (and poets?) I bring biscuits, tea and thoughts on working with poetry.

Hello Southampton University. Hello Nuffield Theatre. Hello teachers (and poets?) I bring biscuits, tea and thoughts on working with poetry.
Dec 2

Toddler beams up at dad from pushchair; dad smiles down at the phone in his hand, headphones on. Boy’s expression wavers. #onthetrains

Toddler beams up at dad from pushchair; dad smiles down at the phone in his hand, headphones on. Boy's expression wavers. #onthetrains
Dec 2

Soundtracks for this week’s writing sessions were provided by the Mystery Plays Mixtape via @inch_time: Listen, hear: http://t.co/cn2g0eU8

Soundtracks for this week's writing sessions were provided by the Mystery Plays Mixtape via @inch_time: Listen, hear: http://t.co/cn2g0eU8
Dec 2

Also looks like I’ll have work in a decent number of anthologies through 2012. Now, if I can just hold my head together until Xmas… ;)

Also looks like I'll have work in a decent number of anthologies through 2012. Now, if I can just hold my head together until Xmas... ;)
Dec 2

Looks like I’ll be sharing a reading event with poet Brian Turner at the Cúirt Literature Festival in Galway next year. Excited? Hyeah!

Looks like I'll be sharing a reading event with poet Brian Turner at the Cúirt Literature Festival in Galway next year. Excited? Hyeah!
Dec 2

Video: Light (by Sunday Paper) http://t.co/4GCxR1Lw

Video: Light (by Sunday Paper) http://t.co/4GCxR1Lw
Dec 1

Popshot Magazine now open for submissions for 7th issue, theme of ‘Power’ – see here: http://t.co/YYuiYH3a

Popshot Magazine now open for submissions for 7th issue, theme of 'Power' - see here: http://t.co/YYuiYH3a
Dec 1

Land speed record: Bermondsey Square to Silk Street, Barbican in 20 minutes. At 5pm, in London, with roadworks. Dear cabbie, thank you much.

Land speed record: Bermondsey Square to Silk Street, Barbican in 20 minutes. At 5pm, in London, with roadworks. Dear cabbie, thank you much.
Nov 30

Video: Live presentation direct from iPad, and interaction with the audience? Not just talking about changes… http://t.co/wSCUV8cl

Video: Live presentation direct from iPad, and interaction with the audience? Not just talking about changes... http://t.co/wSCUV8cl
Nov 30

Live presentation direct from iPad, and interaction with the…



Live presentation direct from iPad, and interaction with the audience? Not just talking about changes in storytelling, showcasing a way of making technology work in telling a story (adding value without getting in the way)? Dear Joe: I will be shamelessly biting your style. 

Joe Sabia: The technology of storytelling (by TEDtalksDirector)

Nov 30

"Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be…" http://t.co/fd24SgzD

"Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be..." http://t.co/fd24SgzD
Nov 30

"Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be…"

“Fortunately, these two disciplines—focus and endurance—are different from talent, since they can be acquired and sharpened through training. You’ll naturally learn both concentration and endurance when you sit down every day at your desk and train yourself to focus on one point. This is a lot like the training of muscles I wrote of a moment ago. You have to continually transmit the object of your focus to your entire body, and make sure it thoroughly assimilates the information necessary for you to write every single day and concentrate on the work at hand. And gradually you’ll expand the limits of what you’re able to do. Almost imperceptibly you’ll make the bar rise. This involves the same process as jogging every day to strengthen your muscles and develop a runner’s physique. Add a stimulus and keep it up. And repeat. Patience is a must in this process, but I guarantee results will come.”

- Haruki Murakami: Talent Is Nothing Without Focus and Endurance - via The 99 Percent
Nov 30

Now, to divvy up the next two hours between email, reworking the last draft I started and rereading Stephen Dunn’s ‘Different Hours’…

Now, to divvy up the next two hours between email, reworking the last draft I started and rereading Stephen Dunn's 'Different Hours'...
Nov 28

Heading back to London. Manchester INSET: small, but perfectly formed, and I got to spend some time with Young Identity’s Shirley and Reece.

Heading back to London. Manchester INSET: small, but perfectly formed, and I got to spend some time with Young Identity's Shirley and Reece.
Nov 28