Why Hugh Howey’s Wool is a doubly inspiring novel

Wool hugh howey, a book review

Hugh Howey‘s Wool has been knocking around for a few years, as shorter novels and in omnibus form. It’s as accomplished and affecting a story as any on my post-apocalyptic novels list. As a self-published novel it’s a marvel of independent success from a highly respectable author. Both are stories worth telling, so for this novel I’m not just going to talk about how good the book is – I also want to talk about what the book represents for the self-published author. Continue reading

30 greetings messages: suggestions for busy souls

Greetings messages, celebrations and salutations, balloons.I’ve been writing a lot of personalised Happy Birthday messages on Facebook lately, always trying to keep things real. May this day bring you the satisfaction of a dozen flying swans defecating on a grumpy curmudgeon, that sort of thing. It struck me that having an archive of original greetings messages might prove valuable to the busy 21st Century soul. These greetings messages are optimised to be under 130 characters, to suit your Twitter or texting needs. The third list, for friendships, is particularly useful for greeting new Twitter followers. Continue reading

How to write a book: secrets of my style

How to write a novel, writer, typing away.“How do you do write so many books?” I’m often asked, over the tip of a wine glass at a high-grade business event. Or “How do you write so fast?” Whatever my answer, the response is usually “Oh I wish I could write a book,” without much care for what I actually say. So my usual response is “I don’t know. It just happens.” But that’s actually a carefully engineered lie to avoid an extensive explanation that people at high-grade business events don’t really want to hear. In fact, I do know how to write a book. It’s a delicate and complicated process that I make look easy. Because I did the hard work a long, long time ago. Continue reading

Catch-22 and other phrases

Catch-novel, book cover22. From the 1961 novel, it is a paradox where the solution is self-defeating. The terms contradict the result. The phrase is so successful in encapsulating the absurdity that the novel strives for that we now use it as an idiomatic phrase in everyday English. The novel was made into a film, a theatre performance and a TV pilot, and there’s a ska band named after it. It has remained in print since 1961, and sold over 10 million copies. There are countless reviews out there already (this one is especially good), so I won’t go into that. Instead, as a celebration of Catch-22, here’s a list of some similar other phrases and their origins: Continue reading