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Confessions of a Freelancer

September 20, 2011


I’ve written a new ebook called Confessions of a Freelancer, which I’d really love people to buy (if nothing else, because it’s only 99 cents – or 63 pence at current exchange rates). It’s one of those how-to guides, coupled with a bit of self-help, in which I make ten frank confessions about how I’ve […]

The Bin Collecting Theory of Getting Freelance Work

September 4, 2011


It’s been a while since I last updated the blog – mainly because I’ve been swamped with work for other places. None of it has been prestige work; you won’t find my byline anywhere, but it has kept the writing fingers and neurons ticking over and kept a steady stream of income coming into the […]

Shy bairns get nowt (or how to get clients)

September 15, 2010


There is a particularly Geordie woman I work with who loves the phrase “you can take the girl out of Jarrow but you can’t take Jarrow out of the girl” when referring to herself. In fact, the Geordie language is one of the best regional dialects for homespun truths and phrases that will make you […]

So, why do people think that ‘so’ is new?

June 17, 2010


There’s a fairly old blog post-cum-New York Times article by Anand Giridharadas on the supposed boom of the word ‘so’ as a sentence starter. Giridharadas claims that recently so “has jumped to the begin­ning [of sentences], where it can por­tend many things: tran­si­tion, cer­ti­tude, logic, atten­tive­ness, a major insight.” In a piece of common-usage etymology, […]