First draft complete, now for a title

Finally, the first draft of my book is finished. I won’t rehash the effort it took to get this far, but the work now weighs in at just over 79,000 words – mostly not very good words. Still, the outline is there even if the quality isn’t. I had a conversation with author Mary Morrissy recently – do check out her novels – and am … Continue reading First draft complete, now for a title

An inspiring new Katie Piper show

Your face is the first thing other people see when they meet you, which is why facial disfigurement is so devastating. It’s not just the physical difference that sets us apart, it’s also the psychological damage it causes us. That facial difference saps our confidence, fills us with fear, and if we cannot deal with it, limits our horizons. People point and stare when they … Continue reading An inspiring new Katie Piper show

Still in love after all these years

How time flies when you’re having fun. A mere 32 years ago I married Trish, whom I had met for the first time a bare 10 months earlier. When you fall in love with someone you imagine somehow you’ll live happily ever afterwards. Life doesn’t work like that. We have been through some pain since then, but also a lot of joy. Quite a few … Continue reading Still in love after all these years

Songs in the key of life

The ’70s and early ’80s were desperately bleak periods in my life, when I found it impossible to accept my facial disfigurement. I wanted to believe a girl could like me, could somehow see past my facial scars, but I wallowed in self-pity and fear. One of the things that helped keep me sane was a love of music, and because I didn’t drink or … Continue reading Songs in the key of life