Author (he/him). I write The Frost Files. Sometimes Rob Boffard. Always unfuckwittable. Major potty mouth. A SH*TLOAD OF CRAZY POWERS out May '22!
Here's what my morning should look like, as a writer: I wake up at 6:30 after seven to eight hours of restful sleep, starting the day with a cuddle on the bed with my wife and dog. Over coffee, my wife and I discuss news stories we've read, and what we plan to do that evening.
What Brandon Sanderson Does Is Incredible
So I want to talk about Brandon Sanderson for second. Sanderson, if you weren’t aware, is a prolific fantasy author. Last week, he did something pretty extraordinary. He created a Kickstarter for a new series of books, which quickly became the single most funded crowdfunding event on the site, ever. He scored something like $17 million in the first day. (it's now at $34 million. At one point, I was watching the number go up like a freaking stock ticker.)
What's the Difference Between Grind and Hustle?
I’ve been a self-employed writer for most of my adult life. That’s pretty fucking terrifying, actually. From the time I graduated university in ’07, I have spent (checks notes) just under three years in gainful employment. The rest of the time, I’ve been scrawling my little tushy off.
What's The Best Moment In The Marvel Movies?
My wife and I recently got done with a massive rewatch of all twenty-seven Marvel movies. Every single one, including stinkers like Iron Man 2. We've also, over the past year, watched all of the TV shows. I feel, shall we say, eminently qualified to speak about them.
Wordle Scares The Hell Out Of Me
Like millions of other people, I take a little Wordle with my coffee. I don't need to describe to you what Wordle is. You probably play it already. And if you don't: here. Go on—it's OK. It'll take you five minutes, it's ridiculously good fun, it doesn't demand your extended attention or your data, and it's completely free (for now, anyway—more on that in a minute)
5 Writing Hacks I Use Every Day
Writing fiction, when you get down to it, is a remarkably simple job. You sit in front of a computer or smartphone, and you transfer what you see in your head onto the page. That in itself can be tortuous and tedious and bewildering, but it’s not especially complicated. It’s a bit like Tetris: easy to understand, bloody impossible to master.
I Experimented on Myself for Two Years
It started with an offhand comment from my therapist. I'd been seeing her for about a year, to help recover from the trauma of a nasty head injury. I can't for the life of me remember what prompted it, but she suggested I keep track of my daily mood—the goal being to prove to myself that I wasn't miserable all the time.
5 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Writing
A long time ago, I swore that I would never write about COVID. Good God Almighty, I fucking hate COVID. Except then, I got it, the first symptoms showing up on Christmas Day, like the world’s most fucked up present. I'm fine now (I think) but it was pretty scary for a while. Even though I was vaccinated twice over, I still had what amounted to a raging head cold, with an added dose of tight chest. It was miserable. Kids, if you take one lesson away from my experiences, it is this: get freaking vaccinated. I don't even want to think about what this disease will be like if you caught it without some antibodies in your system.