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Man vs Bookshelf: Football Manager Stole My Life

This entry is part 49 of 49 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Today is Sunday 1st July. Two weeks before the release of this blog and two weeks after I finished reading the book in question. It’s been a good day. I mentioned in the first draft of my Eminem blog how a potential Sunday hangover had me worried. I wouldn’t get done everything I wanted to. Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Football Manager Stole My Life[…]

The day football came home

It’s busy by the time we arrive. Not rammed. Not half as busy as it will be by kick off in an hours time, but busier than we might have hoped. We won’t get a seat. That much is obvious right away. Every chair is occupied or reserved. Guarded by bags or drinks or hands Read more about The day football came home[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Whatever You Say I Am

This entry is part 48 of 49 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I’d like to welcome ya’ll to the Eminem blog. But first, some self-pity. I’ve spoken positvely since I returned from holiday two months ago. Things have been going well. My motivation has been sky high and I’ve been soaring through projects. In writing, there was the completion of the next draft of my next novel. Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Whatever You Say I Am[…]

5 tips for turning your crap first draft into a decent book

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series How to Win at Authoring

There it is. The book. The actual work. All those ideas and characters and plots brought together before you. For some time you feared they might only live in chaos, within your messed up head, but it was not so. Your fingers galloped across your laptop’s keys like heroes riding into battle. They freed the Read more about 5 tips for turning your crap first draft into a decent book[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Story

This entry is part 47 of 49 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

As many of you know, I have long harboured dreams of becoming a writer. I’ve mentioned this a few times before, most recently in my blog on the book Creative Writing. In that, I made clear my feelings about books for writers. The important lessons come from reading fiction and from relentless never-ending writing. The Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Story[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Drive

This entry is part 46 of 49 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

It’s been two months since I flew off on my holiday. Six weeks since I came back. You know the holiday I mean. The one where I promised to reboot my reading and writing efforts. Get back that motivation (or drive, wink face) I lost at the turn of the year. Two months later, it’s Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Drive[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Forever Young

This entry is part 45 of 49 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

It occurs to me that all the football biographies I have so far read have contained a tint of tragedy. Towards the end of Brian Clough’s biography, the great manager made a tragic admission. That is, based on what we now know. Clough confessed he was aware of his problems with alcohol, but wrote he Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Forever Young[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Horowitz’s Holmes

This entry is part 44 of 49 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

The game is afoot. Well, the blog is afoot. Another few days have slipped by. Six between me finishing The City trilogy and the two Horowitz Sherlock Holmes books. The time breezed by, and I can’t believe I am already back at the keyboard typing another blog. Will there never be any rest for this Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Horowitz’s Holmes[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: The City Trilogy

This entry is part 43 of 49 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

I feel good again. All year I’ve been feeling sorry for myself. Life shot my motivation. My writing went to pot and my reading followed close at its heels. Before I went on holiday I was at my lowest point. I’d pretty much given up on writing. I was struggling to finish books in seven Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: The City Trilogy[…]

Man vs Bookshelf: Quantum of Solace

This entry is part 42 of 49 in the series Man vs Bookshelf

Recently, I have been going back over the early blogs in this series. The ones written back when the challenge was fresh and exciting – before I had gone through 60+ books and 40+ reviews. Before 2018 had hit like a missile through my fragile productivity. Smashing it into so many pieces. Those early blogs Read more about Man vs Bookshelf: Quantum of Solace[…]