Mini-Masterclass – Tana French

In life’s cracks, I’ve been absorbing as much fiction as I can and taking note of the experts at work. Any of the great writers will tell you that to write well, you gotta read well. With that in mind, I decided it would be fun to share some of the stuff I come across that seems worth studying in …

Colin Mobey’s Leadership Coaching

I wanted to take a moment to spread the word about Colin Mobey, my mate-from-across-the-pond, and in particular, Windward Coaching, his venture into leadership coaching. Colin’s been a loyal supporter of this blog for many years. He’s seen the varied struggles I’ve gone through and the wins that I’ve achieved. Lent the left ear when I’ve vented and the right …

PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 3/30/2018

It’s been a week of improving health! Woohoo for that. Still have that lingering cough that probably won’t go away for another month, but I can deal with that. Oh, and here’s a new little experiment I’m trying…Apologies in advance if seeing my mug in action gets your morning off to a poor start. 😉 Poem Proverbs of Hell by William …

Please Follow The Disappointed Housewife!

If you haven’t yet done so, and would enjoy some short, irreverent literature in your inbox throughout the week, please be sure to “follow” Kevin Brennan’s The Disappointed Housewife via Catch some new fiction @ TDH

I’m Published!

If you haven’t read it here (or even if you have, show Kevin some web-traffic love), you can read my Cold War-era science fiction short story via Andreiana ~ fiction by Phillip McCollum I couldn’t be happier to have my work considered by Kevin and showcased during The Disappointed Housewife’s debut week!

The Illusion of Straight Lines

Occasionally, I think back to all of the times when I was trying to learn something difficult. Memories of frustration and anxiety. When I do that, the conclusions usually sound the same: “If only I had done this thing sooner…” or “I wasted so much time on that…” And then I wonder if I would be where I am today …

In Celebration

In celebration of my birthday, and the fact that I’m fighting fires right now at work, here are a few intriguing snippets of what went down this day in history (courtesy of Wikipedia): 338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean. 1776 – The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place. …

Cookin’ Burgers

Try as I might, I’m having a hard time finding something engaging to talk about today. Must be the heat. I thought I would share a cookbook based on a cartoon: The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book  Not only are the three recipes we’ve tried so far delicious and unique, but the writers have imparted their senses of humor onto the text. …

Books and Generalizations

Went to the local used bookstore today. I love that place. It just smells amazing and in a good way, I can’t believe they’re still doing business after several decades in the same spot. I’m not the only fan though. There always seems to be a fair amount of foot traffic when I’m there. A happy sight. Something that makes …