Screw sensible: it sucks donkey balls

You may or may not know that Joe and I are looking for a new home. We rent at the moment, but we’ve been saving up for a home of our own for quite some time now and we’re finally in a position to actually buy. This is very exciting, obviously… But also incredibly stressful. [...]

Zuul is scary. How do I get past her?

I get emails. I mean, I send an email every day, so I’m bound to get some.  Some are lovely, one or two are vaguely abusive, and a fair few are questions. I try and answer short questions individually (but don’t bother asking for free advice because it ain’t gonna happen – that’s not fair [...]

When I was planning my Write & Publish Your Book in 90 Days training, I sent out a survey. I had hundreds of replies; it was great. Perhaps you were one of those who replied.  One of the questions I asked was: “If you haven’t written a book yet, why not?” I’ve just been going [...]

Are you in it for the long game…?

Around 1975, a man on the verge of homelessness was wandering the streets of New York, cold and desperate. He could barely feed his family.  He had a good education, a great work ethic, and a dream… but he couldn’t find work. Not the work he wanted. He was a writer, you see. One day, [...]

Are you hiding in plain sight?

Ostriches are funny birds, aren’t they? Up to 9ft tall, with their crazy long necks and scraggly faces. Burying their heads in the sand to hide from predators…  Except they don’t. Bury their heads in the sand, that is. Because they’d asphyxiate if they did. How do these stories get started? A moment’s thought would [...]

Some time ago I had an email from one of my readers asking me a question. I answered him at the time, but thought you might find my response helpful, too. Here’s what he said: Hi Vicky – Thank you for your recent emails and I have just started reading your book, half way through [...]

This is not a rant about buses, honest

I toddled off to London the other morning to speak at my friend and mentor Peter’s event. And this is the depth of feeling I have for him: I got up at 4.30am to get a train, then had to get a fucking bus. I wouldn’t do that for just anyone. Maybe four other people (whom [...]

Ask and ye shall receive

Here’s a thought: how often do you ask for what you want? In life and in business? Not often enough, I’ll wager.  I don’t mean ask with an expectation to receive, as if you’re entitled to it; I mean ask for the business or the favour or the thing you want or need. We Brits [...]

Every day’s a school day, compadre!

I don’t know about you, but I think I’m addicted to learning new stuff. Just look at the world around us: there’s so much of it, and we know so little about it.  And absolutely everything is interesting when you start looking closely at it! It’s a trait I’ve noticed in a great many business [...]

Here’s why we had three tubes of toothpaste in our hotel room when we stayed in London. I think you’ll agree that’s more toothpaste than anyone needs for a weekend away.  Well, it happened because I’m so very British. Y’see, in our (beautiful) hotel room we didn’t have a shower; we had one of those giant [...]

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