Ghosts & Ghouls! The Black Monk of Missenden…
Great Missenden is one of the most haunted locations in my home county of Buckinghamshire, England. Built in 1133, Missenden Abbey was home to Augustinian monks who were originally focused on holiness, poverty and prayer.
'Your Life in My Hands: A Junior Doctor’s Story' by Rachel Clarke
I’ve just finished reading a book written by an NHS junior doctor from the UK, who explains how difficult it is working in hospitals, with long hours, too many demands on your time, and not enough staff.
Massive Changes To How Medium Pays Its Writers — Are You Ready?
Massive changes to how we are being paid on Medium will be implemented from 1st August. The changes will focus on rewarding high-quality content, giving greater distribution to stories with strong engagement and a high read ratio.
My 30-Year Journey to Publication
I published my debut novel, Pestilence, in January 2021, 30 years after I started writing the first draft! The story behind the book is a long one, but I’ll give you the short version. When I was 15, I discovered the horror novelist, James Herbert. I was smitten by his books and inspired to emulate him.
I Spent 6 Weeks Running a Medium Publication
It seemed like such a good idea to start a publication as a new year’s resolution. But it ended up doing my head in. It was an unexpected drain on my time. There wasn’t a single day when someone didn’t argue about the photo policy (to use Unsplash, Pixabay, Pexels or your own pics). So I was constantly rejecting stories because people were submitting images that weren’t licenced for use behind a paywall.
Feeling Stressed? 5 Ways to Relax & Calm Your Anxious Mind
Stress-related absence from work is a growing problem with around 17.9 million working days lost to stress in the UK, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In the USA, it’s estimated that more than half the 550 working days lost to sickness are stress-related. So what can you do to reduce your stress and anxiety levels?
How a Writing Assignment Led to Ear Damage and Lasting Problems
In 2014, I was covering a music weekend for a magazine article. The editor said I should get great photos - the whole commission depended on that. I thought foam ear plugs would be sufficient to protect my ears and I went down the front to get the best shots. The event was an absolute blast. I loved it. But half way through, I became aware of a horrible pressure building up behind my ear drums. I went to buy new ear plugs, but they were worse than the ones I'd bought with me, so I fitted them as tightly as I could and carried on.