The Theory of Crossroads

Crossroads Noun. “An intersection of two or more roads” Something we’ve all experienced, literally, and navigated both successfully and unsuccessfully. You go left, or right, or keep going straight (unless anyone has visited Milton Keynes) and you either drove or walked the right way, or you didn’t. The literal meaning is a simplicity. Its factual, ... Read more

People’s choice…

  The masses have spoken, democracy rules, and public opinion reigns supreme. A request from the Facebook fan page, is for a blog post on the background of Dan. Other suggestions were about how I’ve got used to having fans (I haven’t really, not yet!) and about my writing processes – for more on that ... Read more

Exam Stress

Now it’s been a little while since I sat an exam in school, and I can’t say I ever remembered worrying much about it. But now I find myself stressed about other people’s exams. My eldest daughter is at university, and she has to sit exams throughout the four year course. My teenager is in ... Read more

And now, a word on negativity…

There are several questions I’ve been asked so repeatedly in my life that I can barely stifle my eye-roll when they crop up time and again. In my former career, my favourite had to be “Oh! My cousin’s uncle’s sister’s boyfriend is a policeman in (insert town many miles away). Do you know Steve?” No. ... Read more

Finding the time…

Slight delay in posting – I wrote this on Christmas Eve and haven’t got round to posting until now. Ironic in a way! Someone recently reminded me to make sure I invested as much time as possible with my family this Christmas; to remember that they weren’t fiction. That got me thinking. So often are ... Read more

What if it was real?

As I mull over the unedited draft of Sanctuary, watching the emails go out to the newly recruited Beta readers like so many newly-hatched birds on their virgin flights, I can’t help but wonder how we, as a species, would really cope with an event like the one in the books. Having had long discussions ... Read more

Things I did learn last week…

So, my epic roadtrip across the continent has come to an end. 3 countries (one by accident but I’ll explain later), 5 days, 7 tanks of fuel, 2 trains, 2381 miles, 41 hours in the car and 2 mountains climbed. The purpose of said roadtrip was to do the necessary research for the ending of ... Read more

To travel is to live

I’ll very shortly be taking a break. A break from the world, from WiFi, from emails, phone calls and from pretty much everything. My concentration will be on sun, sand, all you can eat and drink, Mrs DCF and a lot of relaxing and all you can drink. Did I mention all you can drink? ... Read more

Blue jobs and Pink jobs

I said BLUE. Get your minds out of the gutter. As some of my facebook crowd know, the future Mrs DCF and I are going through what is described as ‘one of the three most stressful things’; moving house. I’m curious about what the other two are, but Google reckons it’s getting married and getting ... Read more

Life is like a box of chocolates… (but sometimes they’ve melted and are all the flavours you don’t like)

For anyone not currently imagining me sat on a bench waiting for a bus, it was during such a Mr Gump moment that this came to me earlier. (Wasn’t waiting for a bus though *shudders*) So many conflicting ideologies and theologies exist surrounding the paths our lives take, and whilst I engaged in a little ... Read more

I’m fairly certain my cat wants to kill me…

This morning’s bout of blasphemy was short but savagely enunciated. Mrs DCF had got up and gone to work, leaving me peacefully slumbering, and as the warm sunlight peeked through the gap in the curtains I woke naturally; full of life and ready for the day ahead. Only to open my eyes and stare directly ... Read more

Success comes from happiness, not the other way around…

It took me a long time to really understand what that meant. I strived for years ‘working for the man’ – well the Government to be precise – and trying my hardest to be the best I could be. I’ve been run over. Hospitalised on more than a few occasions. Regularly abused, assaulted, and generally ... Read more