Current Project

2020: #TakingStock
As well as monthly updates on life in general, a series of collaborative essays will be published on Substack throughout this year, under the broad banner of #TakingStock. Each month, an Essay Sketch with some brief thoughts about a topic will be posted, and the following month an essay further developing those thoughts will be shared. The essays will be shared with all subscribers.

Ongoing Project

ShiverWriggle was launched at the end of June 2009 and published several hundred pieces of fiction and non-fiction over the following four years. There have been a series of hiatuses over the years, and the website has been slimmed-down several times (with much of the content archived offline). ShiverWriggle will be lurching into motion again on the 3rd August 2020.

Previous Projects

2013: Crowdfunding
Documenting the aim to fund at least one crowd-sourced project or creative venture every month throughout 2013.

2013: Year of Music
Documenting the aim to buy or download at least one new album every week throughout 2013.

2013: Year of Reading
Documenting the aim to read at least one book a month, for no other reason than just to read and (hopefully) enjoy it, throughout 2013.

These times call for Big Thoughts. To accompany these, it’s sometimes helpful to think about all those wonderful Little Things.

A 2017 project, capturing brief observations of daily commutes by bus through Edinburgh.

hei:nous:ly (#BadHigherEd) was launched at the end of October 2018. The aim of the site was to capture some thoughts and observations about the state of Higher Education in the first quarter of the twenty-first century, encouraging conversation about practical elements of the current, ever-changing Higher Education environment. The site has now been taken offline and the content will shortly be appearing elsewhere.

Writing and sending a postcard for every day of Lent 2014. There were eight groups of five postcards:  #AMurderofCrows #FirstLines #LiteraryTrivia #MicroChallenge #PostcardChallenge #PostcardPoetry #ToveQuotes #WritingHabits. The majority of the postcards were sent to people within the United Kingdom, but some went as far afield as Australia, Canada and the United States of America.

#MicroMay: Microfiction May
Writing a ten-word or less piece of microfiction each and every day throughout the month of May 2013.

My Year in Twain
A challenge to live life according to Mark Twain, with a specific quote to consider every fortnight throughout 2012. These were documented in a series of essays on this website. The essays are not currently available as they have been removed to be rewritten and shared in a single collection.

#NaNoWriMo 2018
During the month of November, writers around the world undertake #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), attempting to write a 50k word manuscript during the month of November (find our more about #NaNoWriMo online here). With a new arrival and another on the way, #NaNoWriMo in 2018 didn’t really get off the ground. Watch this space for developments later in 2020.