June 6, 2019 in Dag

The delights of getting cryptic

I’ve written before about how a big part of my personal and professional style is being a problem solver. I could almost describe the job I do as being a professional problem solver, as it generally involves finding elegant solutions for often tricky problems. And in my personal interactions, I tend to slip very quickly

May 30, 2019 in Dag

I have to be passionate

I probably don’t strike people as a particularly passionate person. I don’t say a lot, and when I do, I’m pretty quietly spoken. I’m undemonstrative – I don’t act in ways that draw attention to myself. I certainly don’t dress in ways that draw attention to myself. You might easily be led to believe I

May 23, 2019 in Dag

Hooray, I get to be cynical again

I like to think of myself as a grumpy old sod. I’m a complaining old whinger, a cynic to the heart. Being a cynic is great. It’s especially useful if you want to be a writer of humour, particularly with a satirical edge. How else can you catalogue all the stupidity and mean-spiritedness of the

May 16, 2019 in Dag

Pop culture references – count me out

I blame it on The Simpsons. From its earliest days, one (amongst the many) of the ingenious tricks employed by that revolutionary, adult-oriented animation series was the inclusion of numerous little pop culture references. And not just explicitly, in elements like the plot or the characters. Sometimes, a little thing like a throwaway piece of

May 9, 2019 in Dag

It’s a good thing I’m not making a career out of writing

How do you make a career out of writing? If you really want to know, there are lots of ways to find out. You can do a writing course, or if you’re really keen, an MFA. You can buy one of a multitude of books telling you how to do it. Or, of course, you