Approaching writing on the basis of accumulated experience rather than a set of rules such as grammar is natural for some people but can cause problems when confronted with an education system based on rules.
A person’s mental make-up constitutes a changing constellation of characteristics. These depict the workings of their mind, their behaviour, their relationship to others and their competences. Certain characteristics are considered superior because they render people better adapted to function in society.… Read more
He pressed forward through the throng driven to ask an urgent question, but doing so turned out to be much more of a challenge than he’d thought…. Read more of The Unanswered Question, a new Flash Fiction by Alan McCluskey.… Read more
There are so many things we don’t see, even when they are in plain sight. But deep under the conscious layers of our brain, we are ‘aware’ of them, although they are not necessarily brought to our waking attention. Such is the working of our brain that saves us much effort by filtering out the extraneous.… Read more
The Boy in a Book, as the name suggests, is a novel about moving in and out of books andall the challenges that involves, not to mention having to handle the dangers that ill-intentioned adults represent. The following short exchange was inspired by the novel but is completely separate from it.… Read more
I’m progressively preparing the Secret Paths catalogue so all the books are also available on demand in hardback format. In the photo above, the first five. As I wrote elsewhere, I’m impressed by the texture and feel of the hardcover version.… Read more