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Welcome to the life of a Greg. Every morning, for five days a week, I inhabit the rickety, sweat-filled 7.32 train across to Manchester for 62 juddering minutes. Surrounded by what I can only assume to be a plethora of Gregs in their uniform of a grey suit, grey tie, black shoes, we ride together solemnly and silently. Fidgeting now and again, we jostle along with the train’s movements as one. But not me, not anymore; the misery ends today. This affliction will haunt me no longer. No longer shall I be one of these lifeless chumps by whom I now find myself surrounded. You fools! Can you not feel the tedium of your lives? Do you not see the meaninglessness? Wake up! It's time for a new name. A new name, a new life. But what name should it be – what name is really Me? I could be Ignacio, the imperious. Hawthorne, the heroic. Reuben, the rascal! How about Keith? Keith! I know anything is a step up from Greg, but Keith? Well, for now you'll just have to call me Not Greg. Hang on.

Five Lies Creative Writing Teachers Tell

I quite enjoyed this article recently  from 'Writers & Artists'...  David Savill busts a few 'golden rules' that we're taught for creative writing. Five Lies Creative Writing Teachers Tell What do you think? Do you agree with him? Post your comments below!

The Oldest Member

The Oldest Member occupied his usual seat, by the window, looking out over the golf course. As he sat his mind drifted back to the time when the view was of manicured greens, lush fairways, neatly pruned trees and bushes. The fairways and greens had been long subsumed by The Wild. No golfers measured their stately progress round the course any more, stroke by stroke. To venture out now would be instant death. His domain had shrunk to these few rooms on the first floor of the clubhouse. The ground floor was uninhabitable, at least by his kind. He knew that his time here was limited too. Every day the creepers reached higher, and the animals and god knew what else became bolder. He lived in squalor, eking out a miserable existence, always on guard, never truly relaxed, never fully asleep. But he was The Oldest Member. Muirfield Golf Club had always had an Oldest Member, and he was damn sure he wasn’t going to give in to the savage world without a fight. When he had first joined th

Your Love Is Like Istanbul

Your love is an injury time winner  in the World Cup Final; a knockout punch. It's overtaking on Beckett's corner, or winning the National by ten lengths. It's a treble-twenty, a perfect score, a one-four-seven at the Crucible. It's the game, set and match at Wimbledon. Your love's like Istanbul, it's beautiful. Your kisses are a number one single at Christmas; a festival headliner. An anthem through the last term of High School; a slow dance at a Wedding in summer. They’re a disco beat with a hook to match; they’re spitting rhymes and waxing lyrical. They’re the Motown hits with the fingersnaps; your kisses are like Smokey, a miracle. by T. J. Dennett