Stories

Love doesn’t pay the bills, toots

I've just come up for air. From total immersion in a book. A real, honest-to-megatroyd, hardback book of short stories by Stephen King: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  The stories are mostly superb, but I'm totally buried in one particular story -- longer than most -- called Ur. It's about the Kindle, written when the [...]

I looked up with a start. Whiskey had done one of her experiments in gravity and pushed a candle holder off the bookcase.  Perhaps it was her way of telling me to go to bed because I realised, with a jolt, that it was past midnight. Joe had long-since gone to bed, and I was [...]

Happiness is…

I hope you're taking a few days off over Christmas and New Year. We need a little time to recharge and eat our bodyweight in cheese, right? Zactly. I'm planning on reading. Doing lots and lots of reading, because I bloody love to read and I have not done as much of it as I'd like recently. Lots of [...]

BONG BONG BONG BONG BONG BONG BONG

It's Christmas!! So it's time for some festive positivity... Things that make me smile number 4,397: small children who write letters to Radio 4 and Radio 4 editors who write back.   (Here's how to "do marketing" on an individual level) Phoebe Hanson, aged 8, was devastated to hear Big Ben would not be BONGING [...]

"Ooh, it's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey out there!" I've heard these words uttered a few times over the past week because it's got as cold as -8 here in the morning. And not much warmer in my office.  Brass monkeys, it is. Which got me thinking: where on earth [...]

Have you seen Dexter? The TV show about the serial killer who only kills bad guys? When he does the deed, he sets up his "kill room". Covers everything in sheets of plastic, then cuts up the bodies and wraps them up and dumps them out to sea. Not very environmentally friendly, to be honest. [...]

Snakes on a Plain…

You might have seen this last week if you haunt the corridors of Facebook... or you're a huge David Attenborough fan, as I am. But I have to share it anyway. How to tell a story in 60 seconds: Enjoy! Or be horrified! TTFN, Vicky Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really [...]

Here's a link to a copy of the best sales letter ever written. That’s not just my opinion either; its accolade is based on the fact that it made the Wall Street Journal more than $2 billion over the years that it ran. The letter begins like this: Dear Reader: On a beautiful late spring afternoon, twenty-five years ago, [...]

Advert, or mini-movie?

Something a bit different today... I'll just leave this perfume advert here. It's directed by Spike Jonze, which explains why it reminds me strongly of the Weapon of Choice video starring Christopher Walken. Have a watch, because it's an interesting example of the way brand advertising is changing – this is not so much an [...]

What's your favourite story? I know, it's a tricky question. It's like being asked what's my favourite song, or book, or film; it depends on my mood.  But I think the story that's endured over the years, the one I can go back to again and again, is Alice in Wonderland. I love watching reimaginings [...]